Aiming to build a better country

2019-09-10 06:00
The panel was made up of (from left) Siphumelele Zondi (journalist), Nqobile Msibi (chief executive officer of WeSit), Nicola Lumpp (University of Western Cape Future Tech Club member) and Keoikantse Botlolo (web developer). PHOTO: Tyrone Bradley

The panel was made up of (from left) Siphumelele Zondi (journalist), Nqobile Msibi (chief executive officer of WeSit), Nicola Lumpp (University of Western Cape Future Tech Club member) and Keoikantse Botlolo (web developer). PHOTO: Tyrone Bradley

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In an attempt to create a platform for local tech-fanatics to share their knowledge, Red Bull hosted its first Basement Hatch at the Bandwidth Barn in Woodstock on Saturday 31 August.

The event saw various representatives supporting the tech ecosystem gathered under one roof.

These included tech enthusiasts, creatives, designers, information technology students, incubator managers and funders.

Entry was free and the event was open to all.

According to the organiser, Mixo Ngoveni (founder and CEO of Geekulcha), the Basement Hatch is more of an investment into the local tech and maker community than an “expensive initiative”.

He says the aim was to inspire and learn from like-minded individuals.

The event included a show and tell, panel discussions and a hands-on session, during which guests got the opportunity to experience some of the projects themselves.

Mixo says all things tech-related were discussed at the one-day event.

The main aim was connecting and building a better South Africa through the use of technology.

“We hosted the first-ever Basement Hatch in Johannesburg (last year) and it caught the attention of people from Cape Town. We, however, felt that 2018 was not yet the right time to host one in Cape Town,” says Mixo.

According to Mixo, Cape Town is one of the leading cities on the continent when it comes to the tech ecosystem.

“We have seen several great start-ups come from Cape Town and most of them have embraced some element of technology in their offerings. They all have a strong desire to solve local challenges through innovation and technology,” Mixo says.

According to him, being a software developer or technologist requires lots of effort and a desire to learn new things on your own “especially through what we call the university of Google”.

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