A few weeks ago, I found myself at a round-table discussion about the opportunities available to our generation as a result of the exponential growth expected from the digital economy in South Africa. The discussion quickly came down to what exactly was meant by the digital economy. Is it happening outside the "normal" economy, or are we saying the "old" economy will now be a digitised "new" economy? Well, it has to be the latter. Having judged the 2018 FNB Business Innovation Awards, I can safely say that the world as we know it is changing every day, and fast. The winner was Saryx Engineering, started and run by two women who dared to challenge the industrial world of men with insights and a great, yet simple, technological innovation. Julie Mathieson and Ingrid Osborne founded Saryx in 2007, initially as a provider of ICT, process control and automation for large mining corporations. At the time, most Saryx employees were working on client sites, away from the office, and require...

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