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.

Intimate Sessions Fundraiser! Friday 26th April

Our first fundraiser will be held at Made in Maboneng Temporium located at The Woodstock Exchange in Cape Town.


Friday 26 April 2013 | 7pm – late


Woodstock Exchange (66-68 Albert Road Woodstock)

[Facebook Event]

The Travelling Speech Bubble Fundraiser | 7pm | Woodstock Exchange| 26th April

The Travelling Speech Bubble Fundraiser | 7pm | Woodstock Exchange| 26th April


Our first ever fundraiser!

 – The first opportunity to see the pilot episode of our web-series

– Beautiful live music by Seth Williams and Cecilie Thulin of Juki & Seal

– Delicious food by Jade De Waal of EYHO Food Jams

– Relaxing Massages on offer

– Great way to find out more about what we do and why we do it!

Here is a link to our event on Facebook

All funds collected on the evening will go towards funding our  workshops (the workshop cost of each participant is R100 including a lunch pack/snacks). The participants are from under-resourced backgrounds. We run these fundraisers to ensure that money is not something that prevents them from taking part.

Money can also be contributed towards the production of our web-series.