Month: March 2020

  • #2. Becoming the Grand Geek (pt 2)

    In 1989 Prof Barry returned to South Africa after 10 years in voluntary exile in the UK to work underground in the struggle against Apartheid. In this episode he talks about some of his secret work as an underground software engineer.

  • #1: Becoming the Grand Geek (pt 1)

    Prof Barry talks about his introduction to the world of software via mainframes. In the 1980s he worked on early versions of technologies that now lie at the heart of modern digital transformation.

  • #0: Introduction

    Prof Barry Dwolatzky introduces his new podcast called "Optimizing - Leading Africa's Digital Future". It is an inter-generational conversation between Prof Barry and Kerryn Gammie, an AI and ML enthusiast.

  • #7: Skills

    IT Skills are in short supply around the world. For decades the faster growing digital economies of the Northern Hemisphere have sucked IT skills out of the developing world. South […]

  • #6: Entrepreneurship

    South Africa and Africa need to embrace innovation and entrepreneurship if they are to deal successfully with the Triple Challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Prof Barry speaks to Kerryn […]

  • #5: IT Industry

    In the late 1990s a strategy for growing South Africa’s IT Industry was developed. Although it offered a clear vision for the future of the Industry, very few of the […]