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 4
DESIGN, INNOVATION AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Successful start-ups use design thinking to develop products and services that can bring about vital socio-economic transformation. Meet Gina Levy from UCT Upstarts, Jeremy Puren and team from Seesawdo, and Sihle Tshabalala from coding social enterprise Brothers for All. Hear how creativity can be used to build human capital to encourage entrepreneurship and develop a skilled workforce that can add value to our society.
Gina is an architect, social entrepreneur, documentary photographer and writer. She is also a qualified dance, and speech and drama teacher. She speaks French, rusty Hebrew, and is learning Italian. Gina is a big picture person, problem-solver and change-maker. She uses creativity, innovation, design and communication to generate new ideas that will help solve broad social challenges in South Africa and beyond. Her ideas aim to raise awareness, shift paradigms, and inspire action among ordinary and extraordinary people. You’ll usually find her doing yoga or dancing, on a beach, up a mountain or cycling under the light of the full moon. Gina is the originator of Supernews, a citizen-generated online news network that reports uplifting, inspiring and innovative news stories. She also created its offshoot, Super Stage, a live social innovation platform for students, designed to crowd-source solutions to South Africa’s challenges. Gina is the co-founder of UCT Upstarts, which is the Vice-Chancellor’s Social Innovation Challenge. It’s a joint-initiative between the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Super Stage. The purpose of Upstarts is to produce a new generation of both graduates and social entrepreneurs. The platform offers a parallel university experience that encourages students to channel their collective talent and energy to become active agents of change who solve real-world problems from campus, and launch start-up realities beyond it. The intention behind Upstarts is to drive an Innovation Economy that creates jobs and a Social Innovation Culture that makes South Africa work better. Ori.gina.l is her architecture/design company which uses social innovation thinking to rehabilitate, re-purpose and re-activate public interest places into inspiring and impactful spaces. She is also the creator of Translate SA, a multi-lingual magnetic product that teaches locals to speak “S’African” in a fun way.
SeeSawDo team: From the left: luke , jeremy , Xanelé
See-Saw-Do is a company that re-imagines and designs beautiful, functional and relevant child environments. Their work includes mural makeovers, spatial upgrades, play space design and interior classroom makeovers. Jeremy Puren is the co-founder, marketing director and strategic developer for the organisation. He has an eagerness for, and keen interest in, meeting and working with various individuals from all walks of life. He holds a BA Degree in Visual Arts from the University of Stellenbosch.
Sihle Tshabalala is an ex-offender. During his time in prison, he became a key member of the Group of Hope programme, where he decided to spend his life helping others avoid the mistakes he had made. Since leaving prison, he taught himself how to code and has become a key voice in his community. Sihle also co-founded Brothers for All, a social enterprise that focuses on equipping offenders, ex-offenders and vulnerable youth with aspirational technology and entrepreneurship skills. He has presented at the Durban AIDS conference, spoken widely on TV and radio. He was awarded LeadSA’s Hero of the month of August 2014, Spark Changemaker 2015, LeadSA Future Leader 2015and was included in the Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2015.
Location: Watershed, Jubilee Hall 1, V&A Waterfront
Dock Road , Cape Town