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Showing posts from August, 2013

Mamelodi for a Month. Curated pictures & timeline of their experience

I realised this was a deeper issue when I got embroiled recently in a bit of a Twitter battle with a guy running the @CurateZAR account. When talking about what Julian and Ena are doing (for context: read the previous post ), I became the target of some mild to serious irritation. Don't patronise us. Stay in your white suburbs. You just don't get it. SMFH. I had to Google the last one. "Shaking my fucking head". I'd link to the tweets but Twitter won't let me go back that far. And then I realised I probably had more context than some people out there. I know Julian and Ena, have known them for a while. Know what kind of people they are. And know that being patronising was the last thing on their mind. But others don't have that context. To some, this is a publicity stunt by a wealthy white family who are "slumming it" for a month. Whatever you may believe, I think this is a powerful story. I think popping the bubbles we live in is extreme

Startup Weekend Johannesburg 2013

Important event in terms of creating a tech entrepreneur ecosystem in Jozi. Hope you've booked your tickets... 16 & 17 August 2013. Details: With the addition of Tech Bootcamp, the third Johannesburg Startup Weekend has extended to become the must-attend event for entrepreneurs who have a great idea, but lack the tools and skills necessary to turn that idea into a successful business. The Tech Bootcamp weekend will provide participants, especially developers, with the tech skills they need to build effective products, while the Startup Weekend’s model immerses prospective entrepreneurs in rigorous business model creation, market validation, and critical feedback from peers and local business leaders. The dynamic, expanded programme is made possible by local and international sponsors that include platinum partner Qualcomm, along with Amazon Web Service, SnapBill, JoziHub and StartupCherry. “We’re really excited that local developers will be exposed to Qualcomm’s