The University of Venda’s Department of Business Information Systems under the School of Management Sciences attended the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 2018 Open Innovations Conference at the University of Witwatersrand, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The conference took place from 03-05 October 2018. The University of Venda delegation was led by Prof Nixon Muganda Ochara, the School of Management Sciences Research Professor who was also the Chair of this first International Conference on Open Innovations themed ‘Re-Creating Society through ‘Disruptive’ Digital Innovations”’. Close to 100 delegates took part in the conference with representation from the following countries: South Africa, Namibia, USA, Sudan, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Angola, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. 

L-R: Nancy Odhiambo (PhD Student-Business Information Systems); Naziya Patel (Masters Student-Business Information Systems) and ICT Support Staff Member at University of Venda; Najiyabanu Patala (Masters Student-Business Information Systems; NGAP Junior Lecturer at University of Venda); Prof Nixon Ochara.: Research Professor- School of Management Sciences; Vhutshilo Macheque (Masters Student-Business Information Systems). 

Najiyabanu Patala (UNIVEN)- Presenting her paper on “Adoption of Cloud-Cyber security: Challenges and Perceptions within Rural based Colleges- A case of Vhembe TVET College” at the IEEE Open Innovations Conference 2018 

Naziya Patel (UNIVEN)- Presenting her paper on “E-learning Adoption in Rural-based Higher Educational Institutions in South Africa” at the IEEE Open Innovations Conference 2018. Prof. Hossana Twinomurinzi, Session Chair from UNISA is questioning the presenter. 

Above: Vhutshilo Macheque presenting his paper on “Design of Unbounded Rule-Based Expert Architecture for Selection of Software Development Methodologies” at the IEEE Open Innovations Conference 2018. 

Above: Nancy Odhiambo presenting her paper on “Structuring of the Terrorism Problem in Digital Age: A systems Perspective” at the IEEE Open Innovations Conference 2018. 

Above: Francis Manzira (Lecturer – Business Information Systems, UNIVEN) – Middle Row – Listening keenly to the proceedings. He presented a paper titled “Application of Social Media Analytics in the banking sector to drive growth and sustainability: A proposed integrated framework” at the IEEE Open Innovations Conference 2018. 

The 2018 Open Innovations conference was graced by Dr. Happy Sithole, the Director – Center for High Performance Computing, CSIR (left); Dr. Lucienne Abrahams (second left), Conference Co-Chair and Host (University of Witwatersrand); Dr. Omondi Orondo (third left), of Acclaim Consulting (USA) and MIT alumni and Prof. Nixon Ochara (UNIVEN). 

The next conference is scheduled for the 2-4 October 2019 in Cape Town. Updates on the hosting institution will be made available on 

Issued by: 

Department of Communications & Marketing 

University of Venda 
Tel: (015) 962 8525 
Date: 18 October 2018 

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