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Committee 

  • Tshegofatso Komane - Chairperson
  • Lerato Tsotetsi- Vice Chair and Secretary
  • Katlego Rambau - Project Manager
  • Gift Makhubele  -  Treasurer and Media personality
  • Forgiveness Sekhula - Event Coordinator

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  • 29 Nov 2018 9:31 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    We at EWB-TUT had a fun year yet a challenging one also.

    In the beginning of the year together with GKSS team we hosted a Women in Tech event where we invited women from the industry to come share their work experience. We had people from IBM, Brain Gigaba, and also people from our ICT department just to name a few.

    We later hosted a gaming 101 were the game nation and Geekulcha showered us with their presence. The aim of the event was to tell us about the careers within the gaming industry since some of us are doing games as a module. Freebies were given to members after the FIFA tournament just to keep everyone intrigued.

    Some of the events were cancelled due to TUT strike which also interfered with our studies and the visit to Unity Secondary School due to fact that the school also experienced some challenges were learners were attacked by the community.

    We were also involved with adopt a school which we are going to collaborate with one of the members for the career expo at Unity Secondary school.

    Over all it was a tough but a great learning experience.


  • 23 May 2018 2:12 AM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    Two events took place on Open Day: Women in Tech and Gaming 101

    Theme: Women in Tech

    We are living in a fast pace digitalized world where the stereotypical narrative that only men are fit for this digital age has been over looked, we are now passed empowering women to join into these technological fields of study, but rather focusing on how we make sure that they succeed within the field and maintain a certain standard.

    We invited women within the ICT industry as they will share their stories and advice on how to prepare for the industry. What we wanted to build through this event is a society that imparts knowledge and skill to one another, a group of females which advance together into the industry as well as within their studies.

    Our first objective is to navigate our focus to the women in tech within our campus, where we would like the following to see happen on a monthly bases: workshops that imparts skills such as AI and machine learning / anything and everything that is aligned with the career path that they will be taking. A space which gives more hands on skills than motivational talks.

    We thank everyone who attended and the guys who also came and showed support to our initiative their presence was much appreciated.

    Guests :

    - Dimakatjo Maila from braingiga

    - Lindiwe Baloyi from Tshwane University of Technology (Lecture Computer science)

    - TiyangChengDon from IBM

    Hosted by -:

    EWB-TUT & GKSS-TUT

    Gaming101

    Theme: Gaming into the industry

    This was the highlight of the day as well as “how to” talks from industry leaders whom are making money/living off gaming (whether it be testing out gaming equipment/creating an online space for gamers)

    Concept:

    • Idea is to bring a bit of light to our fellow peers about gaming. Bring forth the beginning and history of gaming to the current age.
    • Teach other fellow students (who aren’t doing gaming as a module) to the tricks and treats of creating their own games.
    • What for and why games are used.
    • Get females and males interactive in the Leagues.
    • (We would like to have a mini tournament /league taking place therefor would request gaming equip/devices).

    Guests:

    -Lindiwe Baloyi Tshwane University of Technology ( Department of Computer Science )

    - Boris From Game Nation.

    Token of Appreciation to Prof Pius and Mr Lohole for all the support they gave regarding organising the venue and providing the equipment for both events.


  • 21 Jul 2017 3:55 AM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    About the event

    The Intel AI workshop was a great insight to Artificial intelligence. Mostly a huge thanks to the intel student ambassador Mr Besho and Mr Motsweni the EWB-TUT guardian as well as his team for granting us the opportunity to advance our studies more within AI. The presentation was of par and the TUT students were interactive, the speaker opened up a platform to ask us questions about AI and with every question a particular student gave correctly they received a prize.

    When one thinks of AI they are often lead to think about robots having human like behaviour, interesting enough AI doesn't end there... AI which narrows down to parts of machine learning is within every application and browser that we use, how often do you see Google suggesting certain topics within your interest? A lot right, and that's all because it has learned to study your activities and behaviour online as to what you search most of the time. This workshop provided TUT students with a broader knowledge of AI and most TUT students said they would want to start learning more on machine learning.



  • 22 May 2017 10:40 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    Our first project for the year was the First Annual Meeting which was hosted on 17 March 2017. Because EWB-TUT is relatively new at the campus, the meeting is aimed at making the chapter’s presence known on campus to the students on campus as well as explaining what exactly EWB-TUT is, what the chapter’s main purpose is and what it hopes to achieve with its endeavors.

    The prospective members were welcomed into the room and were greeted with warm big smiles. They were showed to their seats and the meeting was in full swing. We were expecting an initial of 50 people to attend but although we did not reach that amount we came close to it with about 45 people attended the meeting.

    Feedback on the 2016 projects that were executed was conveyed and a brief explanation of what happened in that year was shared. This part of our agenda was included to show them how much we were able to accomplish and we could achieve even more and touch more people with their help.

    The 2017 committee members were introduced starting off with the chairperson and the vice chairperson, Lerato Tsotesi and Catherine Ngobeni respectively, then followed the secretary and the treasurer who are Gudani Dukula and Kabelo Mokgabudi, and finally the marketing and projects manager comprised of Tebogo Ranoto and Katlego Rambau. These are the people who will run with EWB-TUT and take it greater heights for the year.

    The presentation began and the chairperson took to the podium. A detailed explanation of what is EWB-TUT was given and the chapter plans for year were conveyed. The curiosity was buzzing throughout the room, as the Chair lead the presentation. Questions were asked and notes were taken and dates of the projects were recorded. All in all look back at it, this was an overall success with approimately 40 new members.

    After a well presented presentation the curious minds were converted to EWB-TUT members!

  • 17 Dec 2016 4:05 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    Engineers Without Borders-Tshwane University of Technology (EWB-TUT) is a startup student chapter which was established early 2016 at the TUT Soshanguve South Campus, by a group of seven students from the faculty of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). An increased need for more focus on community and student empowerment is the main reason behind the formulation of this chapter.

    It’s been a great first year for EWB-TUT, where a number of projects and a strategic year plan were completed and found to be beneficial to the students and the community. Essentially, the main success was the ability of the team to lay a good foundation.

    As a team, EWB-TUT collaborated with student assistants from the faculty of ICT to conduct extra lessons and assist other students with their academic work for the first four weeks of the semester. This was instrumental in accelerating their adaptability into the learning environment and acted as a stimulus amongst students. This led to a creation of a new culture, which will now be passed on to new generations of 1st year students annually. All ICT 1st year students will be assisted by EWB-TUT for their first four weeks of the semester.

    The EWB-TUT team realized the need to contribute positively to the community by addressing the issues around waste management. They took an initiative to tackling the issue, by approaching two local primary schools to teach learners about the importance of proper waste management and hygiene. 1500 learners at the schools participated by picking up waste around the community and practiced safe hygiene by washing their hands using sanitizers.

    During the course of the year EWB-TUT managed to form some meaningful partnerships and build lasting relationships with other organisation’s. Through our partnership with Intel, students were given access to Intel Developer Tools, hence exposing them to the latest technology, whilst improving their skills at the same time. Lessons were conducted on weekends and various technological solutions were built as a way to test the skills that were acquired.

    The chapter also participated in innovative extracurricular activities such as hackathons. The aim was to bring students together to build solutions that solve problems faced by communities. This was to also expose students to industry leaders and learn more from practicing engineers.

    We now know that it seems impossible until it is done.



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