Call for Papers

We are at the cusp of what has been labelled the 4th Industrial Revolution

We invite you to submit your research, case studies and practitioner reports to the Digital Innovation and Transformation Conference which will be hosted by NEMISA. The Conference aims to bring together digital skills practitioners, academics and other stakeholders.

a. Background and focus of the Conference

The vision of a skilled and empowered digital citizenry in South Africa is a means to ensuring social and economic readiness for the digital future. We consider that prepared citizens are better equipped to take advantage of digital entrepreneurship and economic opportunities.  New ICT solutions such as those seen in shared digital platforms can similarly result in economies of scale in marginalised communities. Case studies and models that portray the NEMISA collaborative ethos between government, industry and other sectors to partner with rural communities are particularly encouraged.

b. Postgraduate symposium

There is a postgraduate symposium offering a platform for Masters and Doctoral students to share their research projects.

c. Publication

Accepted papers will be published as part of the Conference Proceedings with the following ISBN:  978-0-6399275-1-0. 

d. Conference tracks

This colloquium invites research and case study submissions which explore e-skills from a variety of viewpoints, institutional, socio-cultural and disciplinary contexts. The following tracks are available at the Colloquium:




Potential topics

Track Chair (s)


Public sector and policy implications of a digital future through digital skills

·         Social Media and digital government

·         Open data

·         Government with Government (GwG)

·         Government with Employee (GwE)

·         Government with Business (GwB)

·         Government with Citizen (GwC)

·         Citizen with Citizen (CwC)

Dr Colin Thakur

Durban University of Technology


Digital citizenry

·         Digital inclusion in society.

·         Usage and perceived benefits of ICTs

·         e-Inclusion strategy

·         Women and Youth in ICT

·    ICT solutions that have brought about positive social and economic transformation

·      The role of government in transforming society

·      The drivers of inclusion and social innovation using ICT

·  The legal and unintended effects resulting from the dark-side of being digital

Dr Leona Craffert

University of the Western Cape


Knowledge-based economy and e-social astuteness

· Knowledge for the 4th Industrial Revolution. For example, Internet-4-all, Internet of Things, Cyber-security

·      Workforce mobility

·   New models and case studies for access to ICT (internet connectivity, devices including mobile phones, physical centres… etc.)

·   New models and case studies for access to ICT Services (e.g. e-learning, m-learning, apps & software, hardware-e.g. RFID sensors, digital media)

·      ICT skills transfer to local communities

Ms Antoinette Lombard

Vaal University of Technology


ICT for rural development

·    Penetration of quality ICT and national services

·   Ownership of ICT and Internet infrastructure in rural communities

· Sustainable ecosystems for ICT investment in rural areas (the creation of decent work and sustainable livelihoods; education; health; and rural development, food security and land reform)

·    Advocacy and awareness models of new opportunities using ICT and digital skills

·   ICT models that promote direct transactions between business and rural suppliers

·    ICT models that allow open access to markets and land usage


Ms Sibukele Gumbo

Walter Sisulu University


Connected health

·     Advocacy and awareness of health content using digital skills. For example, the burden of non-communicable diseases

·  Necessary capacity to upskill health practitioners to utilise new ICT applications for the health sector.

·     New models and case studies to bring about a healthier citizen to function in a digital era

·   The health disorders resulting from the dark-side of being an e-astute digital citizen

Dr Farivar Rahimi

University of Limpopo


E-Agriculture and e-tourism (e-Agro Tourism)

·   The digital skills necessary for creating sustainable ecosystems to bridge agriculture suppliers and agro-tourists.

·  New ICT models and case studies to promote job opportunities in the tourism sector for sustainable tourism.

· Agricultural services, technology dissemination, information and communication delivered or enhanced through the internet of things (IoT)

Prof Mpho Chaka

North West University










Creative and new media industries

·       The application of ICTs in the creative and new media industries.

·  New sustainable ICT models and case studies for community broadcasting

Mr Herman Botes

Tshwane University of Technology


SME and entrepreneurship development

·   New ICT models and case studies to support small enterprise development

·       The role of TVET colleges in the development of digital skills for entrepreneurship.

Prof Tembisa Ngqondi

University of Mpumalanga


Tech Hubs

·   Models for designing, building and sustaining Tech Hubs

·   Tech Hubs, innovation and socio-economic development

Dr  Luci Abrahams 

Wits University


Discussion Cases and Practitioner Reports

·  Discussion cases focusing on digital skills that relate academic theories and frameworks to practical reality.

·     Practitioner reports related to any of the tracks above.

Prof Hossana Twinomurinzi



Post Graduate Symposium

·  Post graduate research projects related to any of the tracks above.

Dr Tendani Mawela