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Kasper Jenson, Researcher of the Year and the Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. Tjama Tjivikua. (Photograph Yvonne Amukwaya)

Kasper Jenson, Researcher of the Year and the Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof. Tjama Tjivikua. (Photograph Yvonne Amukwaya)

The Rectors Researcher of the Year Award went to Kasper Jenson from the School of Information and Technology. Jenson’s research is about localising smart phone applications as a means to benefit communities. “We have all these local problems facing both rural and urban communities and what we need is local solutions. What we want to do is to provide better services to everybody using smart-phones and in that way focusing on capacity building.”
He told the Economist that with smart phones becoming even more affordable and with new products hitting the market, it is important for us as a country to be one step ahead of developments. “If Namibia succeeds, then other African countries will want the same applications applicable to them and we can eventually make money from the whole concept.”
Jenson said that him and his team foresee a mobile revolution and their research will continue to identify ways in which we can ensure how already existing technologies can benefit and be applied  locally.

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