Empowering the Future Leaders

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Geek LogoHow do we prepare the future, a smart economy and future leaders of our socio-economic structures? Geekulcha have a passionate idea about that: Holiday with the Geeks! Collect an army of youngsters from all walks of life, train them and make them build awesome stuff in the name of Tech and Innovation. Geekulcha VacWork programme prepares future GeekStars to be “better students” and stimulate a Maker Culture: More Producers than Consumers.

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Attendance:

It’s biggest intake so far, the Geekulcha VacWork programme took 60 youngsters who braced the coldness and sacrificed their sleep to attend from 09:00 – 16:00 everyday at the Innovation Hub. The programme took 25 learners from Soshanguve South Secondary school where Tiyani (programme founder) gave a Career Day talk. 9 youngsters hailed from Mpumalanga, 2 from Cape Town, Attridgeville, Centurion, Ga-Rankuwa and other parts of the City of Tshwane. The scholars where transported by the City of Tshwane bus service.

The programme featured a Career Friday which helped the scholars choose and be sure about their career choices. Coordinated by Mohloto Thuto Foundation, the scholars were inspired by the Software Engineer from Transnet, Forensic Auditor from African Bank and the Financial Planner from Liberty Life.

Scholars also got exposed to the world of astrology through a field trip to the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Space Operations Center.

Getting Stuff Done:

The programme focuses on five aspects of ICT, in 10 days, 10 new companies were created by the youngsters. They all provide services to one another. On the last day, the youngsters presented their solutions right to a panel of judges that included the Executive Director of the City of Tshwane Research and Innovation department office and these were the highlighted projects:

  1. Crazy Inventors

Developed a device called called to help blind people find their way and alert them of any obstacles their way as they walk.

  1. Alpha Botz

Water Analyzer solution to help monitor usage of water. They developed a smart tap solution that ensures that people get the amount of water they want.

  1. GrApics

A graphics design company that aims to please their customers with the best service.

Other companies that were created are the Analytical Biz, Goodwill Websites, Major Scenes, Real Analysts, Beauty Productions and the Dope Geeks who recently published app (link).

The Geekulcha Geeks sponsored some prizes for the winners and everyone received a certificate of participation. Ten scholars from the programme will be attending the TUT Hackathon on the 25th and 26th.

The next Geekulcha VacWork programme will be in September and learners are advised to apply at future.geekulcha.com. University are invited to volunteer as Mentors and can also apply on the website. The first time lead mentor, Mpfumeri Baloyi says, “It was the best experience being part of the mentoring team and wishes it could be day 1 again”.

Geekulcha would like to thank all the scholars for being awesome, all the mentors, coordinators, parents, collaborators, the Innovation Hub, City of Tshwane and mLab Southern Africa for helping make the programme a great success.

For more information, contact the Geeks on future@geekulcha.com.