THIS year the fifth conference of the South African Technology Network (SATN) will take place in Windhoek, Namibia, and will be hosted by Polytechnic of Namibia.

The SATN endeavours to facilitate collaborations between the universities in South Africa and now also Polytechnic in Namibia.

This year’s conference will focus on the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) at universities and I believe there will be a strong focus on teaching and learning technologies.

As I have written in numerous columns, we are living in exciting times where the way we live and learn changes rapidly.

We are actually quite blessed to live in a time where content and information access is being shaped to fit our lives and adapted to suit us and our environment.

All of this is being facilitated by technological advances.

I believe the papers being presented at this year’s conference will emphasise these technologies and how it is being used to enhance learning and teaching.

A special guest lecture will be presented by Dr Jakob (Japie) van Zyl who is an associate director: Project Formulation and Strategy at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), who will be presenting a guest lecture entitled Curiosity.

During this presentation, he will share some of his experiences working on the current Mars project and share his involvement in this incredible project.

This will be an absolute highlight of the conference.

Registration is still open, but with the conference being only a week away I am sure you will need to hurry if you still want to participate.

For more information about the conference you can visit or you can even email me.

I almost forgot! I will also present a paper, so if you are attending the conference please remember to attend my session.