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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.


Startup Weekend Durban

September 23, 2014

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Participate in a weekend of awesomeness with you and your mates!



Amazon Web Services Partnership

September 15, 2014

We are extremely proud to announce to you all that we have officially partnered up with Amazon Web Services. They will be providing free credits at ALL of our upcoming HackaEvents.


Durban Digital Dinner

September 5, 2014

DURBAN DIGITAL DINNER: Entree’  is served.

DigitalDinner  an offshoot to the successful DurbanDigitalDay. The DigitalDayTeam hosted the inaugural DigitalDinner in march of this year, after huge success in March DigitalDinner is back for a second instalment for the Durban chapter, on the 11th of September event will be hosted at the gorgeous Breakers Hotel in Umhlanga

The  DigitalDayTeam presents a similar styled event to that of March.  Industrial strength networking and quick-fire keynotes from respected industry professionals. The September are Justin McCarthy (MD of TBWA/Hunt Lascaris) and Gladwyn Leeuw (Anglo American, Sebenza Start-up Fund)

Individual tickets: Early bird R200 and R250 thereafter. Online bookings only. Guests must purchase tickets in advance to secure their booking. Corporate packages available. Ticket prices include Dinner, a cash bar is also available.


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Our little contribution to Digital Day Durban…


What is Durban Hub?

August 25, 2014


Durban Hub is a vision of a startup ecosystem in Durban that serves to plug Durban into the global community. It is centred on the need to create an enabling environment for the young, gifted and bold as an outlet for their ideas. Durban Hub aims to bring together the brightest technical minds and most promising entrepreneurs to foster the creation and growth of a world-class startup scene in an environment that competes with other similar hubs in the world.

The concept of Durban Hub is a platform and unifying tool that aims to connect the technology and entrpreneurial community in Durban. It is important to know that technology is not a solution in itself but an enabler of solutions and thus the notion of technolgy being a living thing.

The success of an innovation ecosystem in Durban is dependent on education and mentorship in a dual charge to revitalise minds and creating capacity for the adoption of a worldwide thought system.




August 11, 2014

HackaDurban hosts Africa’s first HackaGlobal Hackathon

Solutionism in Durban

The teams at the end of the 24 hours

The teams at the end of the 24 hours

On the 15th‐16th of August 2014, HackaDurban hosted its first 24hr hackathon.

The event was aimed at connecting the techpreneur community by combining enterpeneurship and technology to build start‐ups over 24hours. This was to build on the “Solutionism in Durban”. Participants took part in a diversity challenge where they were broken‐up into groups at random and asked to develop a concept over 5mins and later pitch it to the floor, this was in a bid to familiarise the participants with the overall objective of the Hackathon.

Keynote speaker and judge for the evening was Craig McCleod, CEO of Build and Bilal Kathrada, CEO of IT Varsity. Participants were again given the open floor to pitch their own challenges. The following challenges were identified:

1. Go Metro Challenege (This was a sponsored challenge from Justin Coetzee, Founder of Go Metro. Participants were asked to create dataset of Durban bus schedules for Go Metro, lead by Jude Babs)

2. Project Hawk (Crime surveillance system, lead by Theolan Govendor)

3. Chariteez (An awareness‐driven t‐shirt brand, lead by Wasseem Sader)

4. Danger (A game using Gamification elements, lead by Adriel Naidoo)

One of the highlights of the events included The Game Crew who were the youngest participants of the hackathon, made up of Daryn van Vreden (14), Liam Henry (15) and Shane Constable (15). Their creative juices were flowing as their end product was a 3D, first‐person rendition of the classic Pacman game.

Saturday was D‐Day for participants as they had to finalise on the technology elements of their minimal viable products and draft a small business model for pitching to a panel of judges at 3pm.

Judges included:

1. Neil Vose (MD, Quirk)

2. Jonathon Darker (Durban Digital Day)

3. Craig McCleod (CEO, Build)

4. Cade Lamalette (Death by Digital)

5. Bilal Kathrada (CEO, IT Varsity)

6. Alan Harhoff (Always Active Technologies)

Mentors included:

1. Tiyani Nghonyama (Geekulcha)

2. Mixo Ngoveni (Geekulcha)

3. Taylor Gibb (Derivco)

4. Matt Cavanagh (Rogue Code)

First place went to Chariteez, for their creative use of branding in driving social awareness and responsibility. Second place went to, Project Hawk and Third place went to Danger.

The prizes:

• Each team received a small cash prize sponsored by Ernst and Young Students UK.

• Cash prize coupled with a mentorship programme for each team by Sally Moodley from 777


• Winners and active members in HackaDurban will walk away with 20 tickets sponsored by

Jonathon Darker from Durban Digital Day.

• Vouchers from Build have been given to all participants for the developing of websites

sponsored by Craig McCleod, a portion of each sign up and use on Build will go to The

Durban Innovation Hub.

• The Go Metro Challenge Team will be connected to Justin Coetzee and will work closely with

the Go Metro team for the development and eventual rollout of Go Metro in Durban.

• The Game Crew has been adopted by The Durban Innovation Hub to provide best possible

avenues for their development in the gaming arena in Durban.

A hearty thank you to hackers, organisers, mentors, judges and sponsors of the HackaDurban Hackathon.

For highlights view:


Contact: NK, HackaLead Durban Chapter

Telephone: 083 981 7978