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SAB Kickstart Ignite

August 27, 2015


SAB KickStart Ignite a new programme where we will partner with FET colleges to introduce a competition aimed at promoting industrial innovation within the youth.

The competition is about supporting an enabling environment for makers to prototype and commercialise their ideas, creating sustainable enterprises that shift the paradigm from consumers to makers of innovative products, services and industries. It will offer training, mentorship and seed grant funding.

Hop on over to the official SAB page for more details HERE


RHOK Durban

November 11, 2014

Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) is a joint initiative between Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!,  NASA, and the World Bank. The objective is to bring together subject matter experts around disaster management and crisis response with volunteer software developers and designers.

Random Hacks of Kindness grew out of an industry panel discussion  at the first Crisis camp Bar Camp in Washington, DC in June 2009. Panel attendees included Patrick Svenburg  of Microsoft, Phil Dixon and Jeff Martin of Google and Jeremy Johnstone  of Yahoo. They agreed to use their developer communities to create solutions that will have an impact on disaster response, risk reduction and recovery. The idea was for a “hackathon” with developers producing open source solutions. The World Bank’s Disaster Risk Reduction Unit and NASA’s Open Government team joined the partnership and these “founding partners” (Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, NASA and the World Bank) decided on the name “Random Hacks of Kindness” for their first event.

An innovation incubator in the area of sustainable development, SecondMuse  acts as “operational lead” for Random Hacks of Kindness,[14] coordinating global volunteer efforts, facilitating collaborative partnerships, and managing communications and branding.

In a bid to grow the Durban technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem, The Durban Innovation has partnered with Geekulcha and other RHOK chapters in South Africa to bring you RHOK Durban. We hope to build an engaged and meaningful content and initiatives to the Durban community.

For more details on this initiative, please visit our twitter handle here for live updates or register here for regular newsletters.

Join in the kindness.


Article main source: Wikipedia


Motivation, Networking

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014

October 29, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week

GEW is an international initiative that introduces entrepreneurship to young people in six continents. GEW emerged in 2008 as a result of Enterprise Week UK and Entrepreneurship Week USA 2007. Since its creation, more than 10 million people from 102 countries have participated in entrepreneurial-related activities during the Week.

This annual event occurs over the span of one week and includes the participation of entrepreneurial experts, policy-makers, education practitioners and politicians.

The GEW aims to expose people to the benefits of entrepreneurship through different activities and to motivate them to explore their own entrepreneurial ideas.

GEW/FOE – Durban

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week/Festival of Entrepreneurship, Durban aims to catalyze a vibrant community, meaningful content and an inspiring environment to help entrepreneurs move from intention to impact for GEW/FOE activities.

Motivation, Networking

Google comes to Durban

October 21, 2014

Google comes to Durban

GDG Durban is a jam sandwich for developers who are interested in Google’s developer technology.

This event brings the official launch of the Google Developers Group Durban chapter. We will be asking you, the developer community on your interests in Google, how we can grow the local developer scene and connect the members with each other.

Central to this meetup will be brainstorming around best possible avenues to deliver an enhanced Google Developer experience going into 2015.

Join us as we make Durban thrive in building our Silicon Beach.


Vacation Work Programme

October 21, 2014

My strongest belief is that the way to address the country’s skills shortage issue is to listen to the voices of the future, and help to uncover the unrealised skills of the young people. Let’s all try to invest time and faith into the young ones because they might actually know something we don’t that could save the future.

We’re doing our bit over at Geeklucha, the student network which was set up two years ago to encourage more young people take up STEM subjects, and help them succeed during and after college when they do. This year, we ran our inaugural Geekulcha Vacation Work programme, which was held at mLab at the Innovation Hub, Pretoria. The Vacation Work Program was open to school children from grades 6 to 12, and was an intensive week-long tech camp designed to teach them how to build mobile apps, design for the web, and pick up electronics and business/entrepreneurship skills. Our youngest participant was just 12-years-old.

Our Future GeekStars, as we called them, came from different areas such as Soshanguve, Hammanskraal, Attridgeville, Tembisa, Midrand, Centurion and the inner parts of the City of Tshwane. To take part, they had to commit to a workplace timetable which involved being at mLab from nine am until four in the afternoon, and submitting their day’s work to their mentor for assessment. One of the big problems we constantly hear from prospective employers about IT graduates is that they have academic skills but are totally unprepared for the discipline of work.

These GeekStars were challenged to think, be innovative, show initiative, collaborate and be responsible for the tasks and projects they were given to do. Between them, they came up with these five awesome projects.
ICT Xplorer

A Windows Phone app that takes high school learners through a tour of the world of ICT by team “GeekTech4Teen”. The team decided to create a character, Vuyie, who interacts with you through the app. This team plans on publishing the app this week and have gotten Microsoft DreamSpark accounts through Geekulcha.

Another Windows Phone app by team GeekTech4Teen, this app teaches you about poetry and guides you to become a phenomenal poet like the team’s member, Glendar Baloyi. The app was given as a bonus app after the team mastered how to use App and Visual studio in three days.
School Reinvented

Looking at schools of the future, team DOT created a web application platform to give the young people place to raise their voices of how they want future schooling and school to be, reinvent school. The website also takes to highlight current best practices of schools. This platform is now online as and there are plans to make it bigger and better.
Traffic Hack

Team RoboGeeks was given the not-inconsequential task of sorting out congestion on Gauteng roads using an Arduino board and basic electronics. The aim of this project was to build density-dependent traffic lights system that changes the duration of traffic lights depending on traffic volumes on the lanes of the roads/streets. The project has gotten the three grade 10 and 11s too excited to further and be more innovative with how traffic needs to be in South Africa.
Business Model Canvas

Team “Business Geeks” had a project and a role in business analysis, building bases for all the projects that were worked on. The team covered the principles of business and entrepreneurship,and worked on building business/revenue models as a first task to their assignment and also had a responsibility of the documentation projects.

All the projects were on learn and implement basis and carried out to execution in a space of five days, teams did wire-framing of the projects/applications. They were advised to design with reuse and reusability in mind.

The closing ceremony following a Braai, was a formal wear occasion where the youngstars presented and demonstrated the functionality of the projects to their client (Geekulcha), mentors, sponsors and general entrepreneurs of the Innovation Hub. Keynotes were given by Miss Pholile Mhlanga (Geekulcha BA mentor), Gary Bannatyne (the Innovation Hub, Maxum), ThoughtWorks and the City of Tshwane Representatives and all speakers iterated on make use of the opportunities to become solutions/entrepreneurial leaders.

Certificates of completion and acknowledgement were issued to the young stars.
Feedback from Vacation Workers

Many of them wished we could prolong the programme while others have indicated that they will be joining us for the next program of events. Here is what some had to say.

“I do Business studies in school, it was nice to see the principles being applied in the real world”, said Sibusiso Mdlovu, a matriculant.
“I hate that they (fellow team members) call me a boss. We are all bosses!”, 12-year old Nkateko Hlongwane said.
“This week made me realize that I don’t have to look for a job, I can be my own boss”, said grade learner, Malwandla Ngoveni.


Running your hard miles

September 27, 2014

Failure is necessary for success. Every entrepreneur will struggle to raise money, build a team, make an amazing product and acquire customers. They may be cheated, sued, lied to and fooled. Their lives can easily become overwhelmed with challenges and the thought of giving up may consume them.

“Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.” – William Rosenberg, Founder of Dunkin’ Donuts

Rather than become weighed down by them, these barriers and setbacks should be seen as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Entrepreneurs should confront obstacles with determination and openness rather than fear. It is only through perseverance and determination that an entrepreneur can succeed.

On you marks. Get set. Go.