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Geekulcha Vacation Programme

Geekulcha is where the young, talented, creative and ambitious information technology minds meet to learn; share knowledge; connect with industry leaders and get exposure to put skills to work.  Future GeekStars is a Geekulcha initiative that was officially launched on Monday, 6 October 2014 at The Innovation Hub.  It is used as a platform to monitor the progression of learners from high school, to tertiary level and then to the job market so that the transition is made easy.  Future GeekStars’ main focus is on skills development and fostering entrepreneurship and innovation that will make them relevant in the information and communications technology industry.  Future GeekStars also ensures that the students are distinguished from their peers as they are equipped with both theoretical and practical knowledge that can provide tangible solutions to the nation’s socio-economic problems

Geekulcha Vacation Programme’s candidates were chosen from the site The site attracts over 400 users mainly from the townships in Tshwane: namely Soshanguve, Attridgevile and Hammanskraal.  To qualify, learners were placed into teams and given projects to develop.

The projects that were worked on during the October school vacation were as follows:

1)    The GeekTech4Teen team developed two applications; ICTXplorer and Poetry. ICTXplorer is a Windows phone application that takes high school learners through a tour of the world of information and communications technology.  The team is planning on publishing the application soon.  The Poetry application on the other hand teaches people about poetry.  It provides guidelines on how to write and become a poet.  It is information and education in written words.

2)    Team DOT created a web application platform called School Reinvented which aims to give young people a voice with regards to their school preferences today and in the future.  The website also intends to highlight the current best practices of schools.  This platform is now online at and plans for future growth are in the pipeline.

3)    The final team developed Traffic Hack, which is an electronics system that finds ways to streamline traffic flow on roads.  The aim of the project is to build a density-dependent traffic light system thatchanges the duration of traffic lights depending on traffic volumes on the lanes of the roads/streets.

For the closing ceremony on the 10th of October 2014, presentations and demonstrations were held by the youngsters.

See pictures below;




Nkateko Hlongwane (12) learning to code.


Thabo Baloyi mentoring the youngsters on Electronics.



Business Analysts presenting a business model canvas.

Speakers at the event included Pholile Mhlanga from Geekulcha; Gary Bannatyne from The Innovation Hub’s Maxum Business Incubator; Derrick Kotze from mLab SA; Mathabo Matju and Nsovo Manganyi from ThoughtWorks and Thato Shuping from the City of Tshwane. The Geekulcha team would like to thank all the formidable organisations that sponsored the programme and helped to empower the youth of Tshwane. These organisations are: The Innovation Hub, the City of Tshwane, Durban Hub and mLab SA

For more info contact:

Tiyani Nghonyama 

Chief Operating Officer and Lead developer (Mobile, Web and Electronics)

Tel: 012 844 0240 / 079 0690 022

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Smart Living Challenge - and the winners are...

Announcing Smart Living Challenge

Two ideas from tech startups in The Innovation Hub community have been selected as top-15 winners in the international Smart Living Challenge innovation competition. ‘Smart Parcel Locker’ has been launched by GenWye a startup in the Maxum Business Incubator and ‘Green Tower’ is developed by Michelangelo Technology, a semi-finalist in the GAP Green innovation competition. The two winners will travel to Sweden during Nobel week 2014, where they will visit innovation hotspots and be matched with actors to support the development and realisation of their ideas.

The Smart Living Challenge is an open, international innovation competition run by Munktell Science Park in Sweden, in partnership with the Swedish Institute and Swedish innovation agency, Vinnova, amongst others. The challenge aims to generate business opportunities and ideas that foster a sustainable lifestyle in urban environments.

The Innovation Hub, through its GAP innovation competitions, partnered with the 2014 Smart Living Challenge and hosted a workshop on 24 June 2014 for about 40 selected tech startups, industry and government partners. The workshop was aimed at generating new ideas around smart living by taking participants through a collaborative problem identification and design process. Through similar workshops, programmes and partnerships The Innovation Hub is looking to stimulate new ideas and develop sustainable green, ICT and biotechnology companies that can support a sustainable, inclusive society in Gauteng.

For more information, contact: Paul Plantinga
Specialist: Innovation Strategy Projects
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Tel +27 12 844 0011

Ventureburn presents startup Battle


Dear Fellow Innovators and Entrepreneurs

This September, Johannesburg will join 12 global cities as one of the newest hosts of Social Media Week. Since its launch in 2009, this event has become a catalyst around the world for sharing meaningful ideas, trends and best practices in business society and culture.

On Friday 26th there is a start-up battle with R25 000 rand up for grabs. We are looking for tech driven start-ups, less than 3 years old, to enter this competition. All they have to do is submit a one pager of their business to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the 17th. Five businesses will be shortlisted and they will be given all access passes to Social Media Week which will culminate in a live pitch event on the 26th September, 3pm, Wits Amphitheatre. Please share with your community and any tech start-ups you work with. Attendance to the event is free. Registration is required. Here’s a link to read more about the competition:

Free (and paid) events that your community can benefit from. See the program for the week here

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