Key Dates and Deadlines

Paper submission: 15th July 2019
Conference Registration: Open
Final Paper Due: 10th Sept 2019


2019 Open Innovations Conference 


2 – 4 October 2019 in JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

“New Frontiers in Digital Transformation!”


We welcome you to the 2019 Open Innovations Conference, which will be held in Cape Town, the “mother city” of South Africa. The 2019 Open Innovations Conference recognizes that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is an imperative that underpins contemporary human progress, with societal changes exemplified by Schumpeter’s ‘creative disruption’ and Christensen’s ‘disruptive technologies’. The focus of the 2019 Open Innovations Conference on “New Frontiers on Digital Transformation” seeks to provide a platform in which inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and practice elevates the concept of “Open Innovations” as an enabler of human progress.  



Conference Key Note Speakers


Dr. Omondi Orondo (PhD) is the founder of Acclaim Consulting Group, a leading provider of identity and digital transformation services and products in Boston, USA. He is a seasoned technology executive, with extensive expertise in advisory, architecting, designing, and implementing innovative solutions that power the digital economy of today. Prior to founding Acclaim Consulting Group, Dr. Orondo held senior positions at CA, Inc and Netegrity, Inc, all in the USA.


He is the author of Identity & Access Management: A Systems Engineering Approach, one of the leading Amazon.com paid-in ranked books in the industry. Dr. Orondo holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a winner in the MIT 100K Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition.

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Dr. Happy Sithole (PhD) is the Director for the Center for High Performance Computing. The Center amongst its responsibilities, host super-computing facilities for the country, and also provides platform for large scientific data repositories. Dr. Sithole with a PhD in Materials Science focused on mineral extraction schemes using large scale simulations. He has applied the simulation techniques in diamond mining industry, where he worked as Process Optimisation specialist. He has also worked in nuclear power plant design, as Senior Process Engineer.

His work in High Performance Computing includes strategic development of HPC and also technical level design of the HPC systems. He is passionate on applications performance on HPC systems, and considers HPC systems development to be driven by the applications requirements. He has pioneered the development of skills in South Africa and the continent. Dr. Sithole supports megascience projects such as the SKA and LHC projects. He sits in Steering Committees for HPC in different countries and also a Board Member of the National Library of South Africa, where he is the Chair of the ICT Committee. Dr. Sithole is also a member of the Steering Committee of ISC and SC. He has presented invited and plenary talks in many meetings and countries.

Conference Co-Chairs


Prof. Nixon Muganda Ochara (PhD) is a Research Professor at the University of Venda, South Africa. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has also held visiting positions at Southern University A & M, USA, Mandume ya Ndemufayo University, Angola, and ICT University among others. Prof. Ochara has a PhD in Information Systems from University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has forged research programs in Open Development Innovations, Business Analytics, Digital Government, Digital Governance, National Information Infrastructures, ICT Governance and E-Business.

He has published in leading Information Systems journals such as Government Information Quarterly, Information Technology & People, Information Technology for Development, among others. He has been a special editor in several journal issues over the years. Prof. Ochara has been an Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and Namibia University of Science & Technology. Prior to joining academia, he held various positions in the private sector. He previously worked for Africa Online, a Pan-African Internet Service Provider and Symphony, an IBM Distributor.


Dr. Luci Abrahams (PhD) is Director of the LINK Centre at Wits University, building research on digital innovation and digital transformation in Africa’s economies, including telecoms and postal services. Studies include: scaling up innovation in tech hubs (Open AIR African innovation research partnership); health e-services improvement (Egypt-South Africa research partnership); the SADC communications environment (SADC Secretariat); e-government monitoring and evaluation framework, and provincial innovation strategy (Gauteng Provincial Government); and knowledge economy input papers and presentations (Free State, Northern Cape and KwaZulu Natal provinces).

She convenes the MA and PhD programmes in Interdisciplinary Digital Knowledge Economy Studies. Luci has served as Council Member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation, as Board Member of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, on the boards of the State Information Technology Agency and the National Research Foundation, and on the Council on Higher Education. She was a member of the Ministerial Review Panel on the Science Technology and Innovation Institutional Landscape (2015-2017). Luci is Corresponding Editor for The African Journal of Information and Communication.

Conference Editor-in-Chief



Dr Cecil N M Ouma (PhD) is currently a based at Hydrogen South Africa (HySA-Infrastructure), North West University, Department of Chemical Engineering. His research interests are mainly in High Performance Computing, Computational Material Science, Catalysis and Renewable energy, Materials’ informatics and Data-driven materials modelling. He is a season researcher with several awards among his accolades in the form of scholarships and bursaries to best presentation and posters in local and international conferences. He got his PhD from University of Pretoria and has also worked at CSIR-Pretoria in modelling nano-particle interactions with natural organic matter. He has participated in several hand-on schools aim at training African scientists in computational materials’ science organised by the International Center for theoretical Physics (ICTP) and has also organised and conducted a training and hands-on workshop for postgraduate students on the use computational techniques in material sciences at the CHPC national meeting (Dec 2016) held in East London. He has several publications in accredited peer review journal with high impact factors. He is currently a member of South African Institute of Physics (SAIP)


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