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IBM opened its second research location on the African continent and announced several new project collaborations in the areas of data driven healthcare, digital urban ecosystems and astronomy.

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The Interactive Dome

featured different new technologies to display and visualize IBM's exploration of the use of cognitive computing, the Internet of Things and Big Data to support South Africa's national priorities, drive skills development and foster innovation-based economic growth. It consists of a 6-meter diameter dome, where real-live data is projected to show visuals controlled by an iPad on the podium.

An Animated Visual Presentation

was played via the iPad designed for the presenter to showcase the cognitive astronomy stories.

An Interactive Story Application

was then introduced to the audience to allow the visitors to send votes through an iPad to answer live polls.