South Africa Gets Its First Fully Inclusive Fourth Industrial Revolution Academy

Forge Academy, powered by Nokia, has launched a fully inclusive artificial intelligence laboratory in Fourways at The Gantry.


The academy will prepare students from all walks of life with theoretical, laboratory and on-the-job training for their participation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the global digital economy.

“This is more than a dream come true for us, but a lifelong calling to forge people of purpose. We are humbled and immensely proud to launch this academic institution and incubation hub at a time when many youths need to know there is an open door for them to participate in creating a future in a world of work that is rapidly evolving,” said Arthur Wade Anderson, CEO and founder of the Forge Academy.

An incubation hub for not only students, Forge Academy is working in close association with the Finnish Embassy, Nokia and other corporates to provide an enabling space for startup businesses that rely on the 4IR technologies. Here they can access special funding, laboratory time, Wi-Fi, think tanks, smart technologies, assistance in product certification and the latest expertise in order to play in this space.

“South Africa, just like the rest of the world, finds itself in the middle of a new revolution. The 4IR is creating opportunities for us to harness converging technologies to design an all-inclusive future,” said Minister of Communications & Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.