Had coffee in George this morning with my friend Imel Rautenbach, the founder of the Garden Route ICT Incubator. Imel is also a director of the NPO Digital Village, which is one of three parties contracted by the Western Cape government (the others being Project Isizwe and Home of Compassion Ministries) to roll out free WiFi, which they are doing along the Garden Route.
Each of the three players is taking a different approach in terms of technologies and placement, and it was interesting to hear how Digital Village is tackling this.
Imel also told me about the Garden Route ICT Incubator's 3D Printing Course for six local schools. Each school will build their own 3D printer during the project which they will keep afterwards and continue to use.
Meanwhile in my hometown of Knysna local startup SteadyDrone (who are heading to Milan this year after winning a Step-Up Technology Innovation Award) are churning out drones for customers all over the world using a whole bank of 3D printers.
The Garden Route is certainly keeping pace with new technology!