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Dale Deacon, South Africa


Dale P. Deacon is a strategic technologist and founder of the Epic Research & Development Lab in Johannesburg, South Africa. Through his R&D efforts, he has contributed towards the planning, development and maintenance of digital intellectual property for a client-base spanning five continents. To date, these partners range from financial institutions (Standard Bank, Hollard Insurance, Cinnober Financial Technologies (Acquired by NASDAQ in 2019)), South African universities (Wits University, University of Johannesburg, & University of Stellenbosch), NGOs (Goethe Institut, GIZ, British Council), SOEs (Gauteng City-Region Observatory, Transnet), as well as telecoms and media organizations (Internet Solutions, Multichoice (Naspers), T-Systems, Seacom, La Liga). In the past, he has founded the WeAreVR.Africa eXtended Reality (VR & AR) community, co-curated the University of Johannesburg’s ‘VR for Business’ programme, been an Asilomar signatory on AI guidelines and ethics, published articles on ITC and the future of work, campaigned for a free and open internet with the Electronic Freedom Frontier, and lectured publicly at local universities.

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