Festival to teach more about technology

2019-09-10 06:00
Ethan Wust (left) and Israa Adam (right) of Parklands College at a previous festival.

Ethan Wust (left) and Israa Adam (right) of Parklands College at a previous festival.

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The Open Design Afrika festival returns to the city after taking a break since the last event in 2017.

It will be held at the Cape of Good Hope Centre in the central business district (CBD) from Friday 18 October.

This will be a 10-day-long event aimed at connecting and educating people about the developments in the world of technology.

Organisers are confident that this will be an improved version of the festival with various like-minded stakeholders on board. The break is said to have been necessary for strategising and development of the organisation, which saw them opening an innovative enterprise.

Local innovators, social entrepreneurs and software developers are encouraged to participate and showcase their work at the new and improved festival.

According to Suné Stassen, co-founder and executive director of the organisation, there will be nine stalls open at the festival, and hosted by different organisations.

She says this is to create an opportunity for everyone to learn, explore and walk away with knowledge of technology at the end of the event.

Stassen says these kinds of events are usually expensive and not usually available to people who are less privileged, so the festival’s organisers decided to create an equal opportunity for people of different cultures and backgrounds to share their knowledge.

She says over and above the technology-focused stalls, there is more on offer for people of all ages.

These include filmmakers’ workshops, first makers’ markets, exhibitions of various new projects, a family workshop accommodating children from the age of four, a teenage design skills’ workshop and more.

“We have noted in the past that some children do not get the exposure to technology or have experienced it,” says Stassen.

She says the world is evolving and everyone deserves to be equipped with technology skills to empower them for the future.

Stassen says the festival seeks to identify and nourish creativity while promoting innovative entrepreneurship.

The public will also get a chance to demonstrate their own work over the weekend of the festival.

V For more information on Open Design Afrika , visit www.opendesignafrika.org.

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