Digital Technologies Summit

Participants at the Digital Summit...

Participants at the Digital Summit from left to right: Nombulelo Lekheku, Eastern Free State Writer; Luke McKend, Country Director Google SA; Kobus Van Wyk, Head E-Learning Mustek; Elitha Van Der Sandt, CEO South African Book Development Council; Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education; Melvin Kaabwe, Digital Manager Van Schaik Bookstores; Ntobeli Tegimfeni, Executive Head CSI, Vodacom Mobile Education Programme.

The Digital Technologies Summit took place on the 18th and 19th of March 2015, at the National Library of South Africa, Pretoria. The Publisher’s Association of South Africa (PASA) and the South African Booksellers Association (SABA) partnered with the SABDC to deliver the summit.

The aim of the summit was to work towards a coherent digital strategy that serves the needs of all producers and users of books – individual readers of all ages, the book industry, institutions (libraries, educational bodies, corporates and others) and government. The focus was especially on digital books and digital content. In this regard the summit sought to and succeeded in bringing together the various role-players in the digital book ecosystem in order to focus on and discuss the current issues and challenges faced by the book sector as a whole.

The summit succeeded in including speakers from within the digital book ecosystem. The diverse list of speakers allowed the conference programme to be structured under 6 sessions. Expert speakers and question-and-answer sessions allowed for in-depth, thoughtful and stimulating conversation throughout the two days of the conference. These included:

  • Overview
  • Publishing
  • Skills
  • Corporate
  • Education
  • Access and Use

It was a closed summit and by invitation only. The delegates had to be decision-makers and/or needed to have the requisite expertise to contribute to the complex dialogue.