About the event:
A series of lunchtime talks open to everyone interested in bringing positive change to their communities, cities and working environments. A panel of industry professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs share insights and experiences with a diverse audience of the public and the design industry. An open informal discussion gives the audience a chance to participate.
Get comfortable, share ideas and network.
TALK100 session 1
Thriving environments and unique experiences in and around the City of Cape Town are key ingredients for a future city and culture characterised by innovation, entrepreneurship and active, responsive citizens.
Traditionally hacktivism was the act of breaking into computer systems for politically or socially motivated purposes. Today, tech-savvy, socially-minded entrepreneurs are using hacking principles and mobile technology to solve urban problems and activate citizens.
Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, CEO of the Cape Town Partnership, joins urban designer Kirsten Wilkins and Mapaseka Dipale, business analyst, founder and CEO of NxtGen, to talk about hacking our urban environment to make it a better, safer, more inclusive and exciting place to be. The session moderator is Jodi Allemeier, collaborative urbanist and active citizen who wants to live in a city where all people are free.
Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana is CEO of the Cape Town Partnership. She is a town planner with extensive experience in managing and coordinating public-private partnerships. An urban revivalist at heart, she has spent the last eight years with the Cape Town Partnership managing, developing and promoting Cape Town’s Central City as an economically thriving, creative and valued public and private space in which to live, work and play. She was one of the key role players in developing Cape Town’s Central City Development Strategy (CCDS) in 2008. The CCDS presents a shared vision to guide future developments in Cape Town until 2018. As CEO of the Partnership, she is the key driver of this strategy. She also played a central role in Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 bid. Bulelwa is a board member of several national and international bodies. These include Wesgro, the investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape; and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company. She is a board member of the International Downtown Association (IDA), a member of the WDC2016 International Advisory Committee for Taipei and a World Cities Summit Young Leader.
Kirsten is a freelance urban designer and disruptor. She is passionate about translating urban design theory into usable tools for improving authentic city living. Her research work and practice is centred on developing an open source urban design model for understanding and engaging every inhabitant of the city. Kirsten is an outspoken proponent for social justice. She also cycles everywhere. She found her niche in cycling advocacy when she discovered the intoxicating joy of the bicycle. Twitter @contestedspaces
Business Analyst Mapaseka Dipale is the Founder and CEO of NxtGen. She is a social entrepreneur, passionate about education, technology, start-ups, Open Data and helping government transform through innovation. Mapaseka is the founder of NxtGen Coders, a non-profit company dedicated to educating scholars about information technology (IT), coding and IT related career options. She is a highly motivated person driven by positive results. In 2014, she was interviewed by Expresso on SABC 3, Tech Report on eNCA and a speaker the Pretoria Digital Day. She organised NxtGen’s inaugural 2014 conference and vacation program, introducing school learners to various fields within the IT sector. Mapaseka’s mission is to inspire a new generation of scholars who not only consume technology but who are also creators. Her particular focus is inspiring young women to develop an interest in tech. Social Media Twitter: @imjack__ LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/profile/public-profile-settings?trk=prof-edit-edit-public_profile
Jodi is has a dynamic background in social work, development and property economics, and development finance. Jodi is passionate about structuring partnerships that appropriately allocate risk; and pool authority, resources and capacity to lead to whole of society benefits. She has a particular emphasis on urban settings and contemporary themes relating to rapid urbanisation. She currently builds partnerships for more inclusive economic growth at the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, where, amongst other programmes, she convenes the Open Data Forum. She is also an advisory member of Open Streets Cape Town, and on the board of the Service Dining Rooms.
Location: Watershed, Jubilee Hall 1, V&A Waterfront
Dock Road , Cape Town