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 http://future.geekulcha.com/ 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 http://schoolreinvented.geekulcha.com 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:
Chief Operating Officer and Lead developer (Mobile, Web and Electronics)
Tel: 012 844 0240 / 079 0690 022