Unplugged Event – Monday 21st July

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The Travelling Speech Bubble  invites you to a tech-free experience of connecting with others over a delicious meal, conversation, good music, art and analogue games.

*All proceeds from the event will go towards funding educational workshops in under-resourced communities.

Cost: R100 (Includes light dinner, snacks, entertainment & delicious punch)

Participation: RSVP to didintle.ntsie@gmail.com (Only 40 Spots available)

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Music by Miles Sievwright

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The Travelling Speech Bubble Talk Show!

As you may have noticed, The Travelling Speech Bubble has evolved since its inception and as we grow and attract new eyes, hands and hearts we are able to partner and work with individuals and organisations that believe in our bigger vision and who assist in helping us see this through. Slowly but surely we move forward.

The latest development is a talk show which will come to you in the form a webisode available on-line.

Not only will you have this available as a video you can watch at your own time, we will also be hosting screenings in different places and hosting conversations and discussions around the topics discussed in the show.

This is all in the process of coming to you. So bear with us while we get our ducks in a row!

Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions of topics and people to interview.

The show is centred on having uncomfortable conversations, conversations about topics we may want to discuss but feel scared or uncomfortable to approach. The kind of conversations that are had with a small group of friends at a braai, on a camping trip, or over dinner. Yes, those ones.

Those topics that are the proverbial elephant in the room.

The show will not only travel to uncomfortable places within each of us, it will also attempt to bring inspiration through the stories of everyday people doing extraordinary things.  We have a growing list of these individuals, please feel free to contact us with suggestions of such people! We would love to hear from you!

 

Innovation Showcase brought to you by Innovate The Cape

A little while ago we worked with Innovate the Cape to offer blogging workshops to a group of young highly intelligent and innovative high-school learners.

It has been a few months since then and a few weeks ago as part of 100in1day Cape Town, we got in touch and caught up with the initiative and the budding young innovators.

It was an inspirational and highly informative event where we were introduced to speakers and business leaders with unique entrepreneurial skills such as Ludwick Marishane (founder and head of Head-boy industries) South Africa’s youngest patent-filer after having invented DryBath® at the age of 17.

Innovate Showcase took place on the 26th of October at Khayelitsha Hubspace.

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Click here to find out how the day unfolded and to meet the youngsters and their amazing projects which focused on finding innovative solutions for some of societies challenges.

To keep up-to-date with developments or get involved with Innovate The Cape:

Twitter: @innovatethecape

Website: innovatethecape.org

Contact: stefan@innovatethecape.org

Meet the young inventors – Finalists of Innovate The Cape Contest!

We recently had the honour of meeting some interesting, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed young inventors who made the list of finalists for the Innovate The Cape  contest.

The workshop was hosted at The Bandwith Barn located at The Woodstock Exchange.

We were blown away by the intelligence and ingenuity that was present in the room.

Here were the projects each of the highschool students worked on:

Trolley Scanner – Challenge: overspending and debt

Solution: develop a barcode scanner integrated into a shopping trolley with a display so that shoppers can add up what they are spending as they shop.

Lumo Board – Challenge: unclear signage in informal settlements which hinders emergency services, especially at night.

Solution: using luminescent paint and the creative use of boards to make clear signage for streets and houses.

University High School Mix Network – Challenge: bridging the gap between high school and university students

Solution: creating a communication platform through social networks and cellphone apps, such as Mxit, through which university students can tutor and give study advice to high school students

Click here for the complete list on the website which includes 4 more  exciting projects!

The highschool students were keen to learn about the world of blogging and sharing their learnings using this platform.

Meet the finalists here:

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The whole team and workshop facilitator – Didintle Ntsie (Founder of The Travelling Speech Bubble)

Blogging Workshop with Innovate The Cape

Some fantastic news!

We will be hosting a blogging  workshop at The Woodstock Exchange with a phenomenal organisation called Innovate The Cape at the end of August.

Innovate the Cape offers to high school students the unparalleled opportunity to dream of their own solutions to their own challenges. Winners receive mentorship from local and international experts from highly reputed institutions, and up to R15,000 in financial support to kickstart their idea…”

They have partenered with MIT Media Lab, Harvard and our very own UCT to bring this project to life and we are extremely excited to be a part of this wonderful project.

The contest is open to high school students all over Western Cape . We will be giving blogging workshops to the finalists in order to assist them in documenting their experiences and learnings.

“Our dream is to inspire a cohort of home-grown problem solvers, actively improving their community with home-grown ingenuity. The submission deadline is 10 August 2013.”

The project originated in Sierra Leone (called Innovate Salone) and this amazing young man, aged 16, was the 2012 winner. He created a radio station using discarded scrap material that he could find in his neighbourhood! Meet Kelvin Doe, aka DJ Focus in this video.

Winterschool

Here are some thoughts from the youngsters that took part in the blogging workshop hosted at UCT for IkamvaYouth during the winterschool period.

The blogging entries of IkamvaYouth students

Winterschool has been really fun and cool so far, we have been learning more information about different subjects.

We have done some workshops. Such as media, history, mathematics, technology and natural science.

We have also met new people, some of them are even from overseas countries such as Tanzania, Switzerland, Canada, USA, The Netherlands, China and France. They have taught us about their cultures. We also taught them how to speak Xhosa and they did the same with their own languages.

There have been a lot of new friendships too!

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New bloggers

Today marked the beginning of the IkamvaYouth Winter School Blogging Workshops hosted at UCT (university of Cape Town)
This blog was started by the group of 19 students raning in age from 12 to 17 years old. We will continue with the same group from Monday until Thursday when we will say goodbye to each other but the blog will continue!

The blogging entries of IkamvaYouth students

Today marked the first day of the blogging workshops by students of IkamvaYouth Western Cape.

There were a total of 19 students from 8 different schools.

The winter school program takes place at UCT (University of Cape Town) Upper Campus and runs over a 2 week period. The blogging workshops will run from Monday 01 July until Thursday 4th July from 1pm – 4:30pm.

Click here to meet the new bloggers.

Today the students learnt how to take photos using the manual focus setting on a Nikon D3100 which is partly sponsored by Orms!

From tomorrow onwards the students will be making new written posts!

The view from our classroom at UCT!

Check back here tomorrow for more details!

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