About the event:
Free parking on the Grand Parade
The flagship Open Design event, Talk100 follows on from Creative Mornings, so this is going to be an epic, inspiring day. Take the day off to soak up every moment. If you have to be at work, then why not move your office to City Hall and have your meetings at the OD Café? Better still, invite your clients and colleagues to join you there. That way you don’t have to miss a thing.
Talk100 is our day of storytelling in the company of passionate thought-leaders, community role models and determined change makers. Hear their stories and join the conversation about how they’re using design, innovation and entrepreneurship in communities, healthcare and technology. Talks are moderated by Dominic Wilhelm, strategy advisor at Qonda Strategic Advisory.
All talks are free and open to everyone, but seats are limited. We will run a simulcast in the OD Cafe space if you can’t find a seat in our event space.
See the speaker-line up below.
The Steve Jobs factor: what qualities do we need in future business leaders?
11:00 – 12:00
- Karidas Tshintsholo: Executive Director of Moneytree Group, MD of South African Textiles
- Ian Calvert: Project Leader at Red Bull Amaphiko
Are we ready for the fourth industrial revolution?
12:00 – 13:00
- Robyn Farah: Founder of KAT-O and TECHTalk, and tech activist with Arduino Cape Town, Modern Alchemists and Women in Tech Cape Town
- Lars Espeter: game developer, augmented and virtual reality fan and leader of the Game Graphics and Multimedia Entertainment course at Friends of Design
- Alan Ball: drone pilot and founder of Flying Robot
It takes a village to raise a child. What does it take to build a community?
14:00 – 15:00
- Arianna Mazzeo: Head of Research and Professor of Creative Arts at Bath Spa UK University-Esart Campus ad Design and Innovation Professor at Elisava Design School, Barcelona
- India Baird: founder of Rock Girl, joined by young women from Rock Girl BRAVE and SST Khayelitsha
- Luthando Dyasi: co-founder and leader of Dine with Khayelitsha
Is health the new wealth for our cities?
15:00 – 16:00
- Lufefe Nomjana: Founder and CEO of Espinaca Bakery in Khayelitsha, also known as the Spinach King
- Ryan Roberts: Product designer and founder of Deskstand™
- William Mapham: founder of Vula Mobile
Dominic Wilhelm, moderator of TALK100, strategy advisor at Qonda Strategic Advisory
As a strategy advisor, Dominic works with organisations and governments to shape better futures. An ardent systems and design thinker with a diverse professional background, Dominic makes an invaluable contribution to strategy practice across equally diverse fields. He has been involved with addressing regional economic development; formulating sustainable organisational strategy; creating content and communications campaigns for organisations through global audiences; raising investment finance; broadcasting and motion pictures; and research. Dominic’s fascination with authentic conversation recently surfaced in the pilot series, First Name Basis: When People Connect, the World Changes.
Hailing from Ekangala, a township north of Pretoria, Karidas co-founded Moneytree Group (Pty) Ltd, a thriving new company that specialises in media, publishing, recruitment and financial education for young people. He currently sits on the MTG board as an executive director. He also co-founded South African Textiles Pty (ltd), a new player in the textiles industry, producing for a vast array of clients; which also also owns its own clothing label (Push Ismokol). He is currently managing director of the company. At the same time, he is pursuing an Economics and Finance degree part-time at the University of the Witwatersrand. Karidas is just 21-years old. .
Ian is the Project Leader of Red Bull Amaphiko, an international programme aimed at giving wings to social entrepreneurs who are using their talents and creativity to make a difference in their communities, and inspiring a broader audience to do the same. Ian has 28 years of business leadership, brand strategy, communications and research experience, both locally and internationally. He is now applying that experience to bring sustainable business principles to the world of doing good. He joined Ogilvy & Mather London as a graduate in 1986, before moving to Ogilvy in Cape Town in 1990, becoming the youngest ever Board Director at the age of 29. He left O&M to start a new agency, Bull Calvert Pace. In 2000, the agency won the Financial Mail award for Small Agency of the Year, and by 2001 became the top ranking South African creative agency at the Loerie and Cannes awards. In 2002, Ian was appointed to the Board of the Association of Communications Agencies of South Africa. In 2003, he founded Instant Grass, Africa’s first specialist youth insight agency. In 2014, he became full-time Project Leader of Red Bull Amaphiko.
Robyn Farah is involved with pushing the growth of hardware and technology to improve the lives of people in Africa. Her main business is KAT-O, which does technology product development, focusing on hardware. KAT-O also run monthly talks around tech and innovation called #TechTalkCPT. Robyn runs some of South Africa’s most active tech/maker communities, Arduino Cape Town, Modern Alchemists and Women in Tech Cape Town. She was a partner in Curiosity Campus, which taught people all sorts of tech skills from Python, building and coding your own robot to creating VR environments. In 2015 she was invited to be a guest lecturer at MIT and to attend the World Maker Faire in New York. She completed her Masters in Interactive Sound Installations at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University in the UK. Follow @RobynFarah on all social platforms @KickAssTechObv on all social platforms.
Lars has been working in the game industry and in applying game technology for many different purposes for over twenty years. It all started with a small shareware game called Skullitaire in 1993 (MS-DOS, 640x480, 256 colours, ran on below 640kb of RAM). Working as a freelancer for the first few years of his career, Lars I his first game development team in the late 1990s, releasing Bacteria, a boxed title using a proprietary 3D game engine. It was a casual shoot’em up. Later, Lars' studio released games for kids including Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mathemagus (an educational title) and many projects for advertising agencies and publishers. In 2007 Lras was asked by the Designschule Schwerin to create its first Game Design course, which ran successfully in two cities (Schwerin and Leipzig) in Germany. In 2014 Lars moved to Cape Town to run the Friends of Design Game Graphics and Multimedia Entertainment course. Using game technology in all its different and amazing permutations is very rewarding. Lars uses the technology in games but also for interactive presentations, augmented reality projects, advertising and even during corporate and student training. As a lecturer Lars teaches his students what they have to know to start a career involving game technology and how to use the different tools most effectively. But they also have to learn that doing continuous research is very important if they want to stay ahead of the curve. Lars' goal is to help making game development and the use of game technology a career and job provider in South Africa.
Alan has been flying radio-controlled planes since the age of 13. At the age of 17 he had his Glider Pilots License and Private Pilots License at 19. He found first-person-view flying five years ago and has been hooked ever since. He started Flying Robot in February 2015, after becoming frustrated with the availability and prices of parts and spares in South Africa. Flying Robot sources only the best mini quad racing parts and accessories priced to match vendors overseas and offers free courier shipping in SA.
Arianna Mazzeo is currently Head of Research and Professor of Creative Arts in Bath Spa UK University-Esart Campus. She is also Design and Innovation Professor of Elisava Design School. Involved in European Innovation Projects, and under the frame of the Open Design Program, she co-ordinated the first European Open Design School based on open culture values, collaboration, digital fabrication and new emerging business models for open innovation research. She is responsible for the research group Cambio/ Changes and The People Agency, helping professionals, private and public institutions, cultural and creative hubs, administrations, foundations, associations and informal groups in creative industries to innovate through design and to make a real impact. Arianna has worked in Cameroon, Mexico, Turkey, Armenia and South Africa, co-designing social innovation programs within the local community to re-design education through new open educational resources(OER). Arianna specialises in co-creation and ethnography with a focus on the creative process in cities and urban framework. She co-designed a new framework of collaborative community through open culture, inclusion and new models of inclusive urban spaces as cultural and creative hubs and entrepreneurial activism, particularly concerning young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Working with Lottarox Agency, through arts and music, she helped to incubate new talents in creative industries. Arianna trains trainers and supports policymakers in Social Innovation Policy Agenda sessions to re-design policies for a better understanding of the role of design as an inclusive process, at the European level. Arianna works regularly for international and other European organisations (including UNIFEM, UNESCO,EESC-European Economic and Social Com-mittee, 5 ideas for a younger Europe, GSMA, Frank Nigro' Architects Associated, New York, Open Design Manifesto and Victoria and Albert Museum). She work also as innovation consultant to foster design as collaborative mindset toward an open culture of change, a new democratic way of participatory and collaborative making, a new sense of places and sustainable life.
Rock Girl works on the front lines in some of the most dangerous communities in South Africa, creating safe spaces for girls, and for everyone. Inspired by a group of grade 5 girls from Manenberg in 2010, Rock Girl has adopted an innovative approach, partnering with artists and designers, collaborating with the travel, conservation and tourism industy, and engaging with government to improve the lives of girls and women across Africa. Rock Girl is creating a new generation of girl adventurers and advocates, expanding its reach from South Africa into Africa, linking African girls to their sisters in the global community through girl-designed social media channels, blogs, print and digital publications, and virtual apps. Rock Girl trains girls to document their own stories through radio, film, photography, writing, and social media. Girls between the ages of 10-18 are the primary focus of Rock Girl’s work, but indirectly the organsiation works to create safe spaces for all girls and women, and for everyone, through its public awareness campaigns, road trips, radio outreach, newsletter, and social media. African girls can be the key to ending global poverty, and especially poverty in Africa. In Africa, there over 200 million young people between the ages of 15-24 and half of them are girls. Their potential is untapped. Since 2010, over 400 girls have participated in Rock Girl’s after school, holiday, and weekend programmes. Since 2010, Rock Girl has also installed 55 Safe Space benches around Cape Town, designed by local artists, as part of their Safe Spaces Education campaign. Rock Girl Road Trips were born out of the girls’ desire to meet and support other girls. To prepare for these trips, high school girls were selected and trained to interview, photograph, and film other girls about their lives and to advocate on their behalf. These girls traveled over 3000 km to the Eastern ad Northern Capes in 2015, interviewing 100+ girls and women, creating public service announcements for community radio, and advocating for the rights of the girls in meetings with the Minister of Justice, the US Ambassador to SA, the Mayor of Cape Town, school principals and community leaders. In 2016, Rock Girl is creating the first BRAVE Mobile Studio in a converted overland truck to be used on the next Road Trip to Mpumalanga in October 2016, and on weekly trips around the Western Cape to meet and interview other girls. Inspired by one of these visits, in February 2016, Rock Girl begin working with girls in Khayelitsha to advocate for improved sanitation and girl-friendly toilets in their communities. In July 2016, Rock Girl will launch BRAVE, an innovative girl-run social enterprise that aims to create girl-inspired and designed products to benefit the work of Rock Girl, as well as recognise those businesses and individuals who meet the BRAVE criteria of advancing and protecting the rights of girls and women.
Luthando was born and raised in Khayelitsha, a low-income township located near Cape Town. He wanted to bring about positive change to transform his community. His first passion was soccer, and he played amateur soccer player for the Ajax Cape Town team. His passion for religion and education later overtook my passion for soccer. Luthando believes that God can shape and change people’s lives if only allowed; and that education is a tool to shape and transform South Africa and the rest of the world. He saw that the key barrier preventing people in Khayelitsha from attending university was a lack of awareness about university life and fear of the complicated application process. He applied to GM's Innovate the Cape innovation challenge to develop a mobile app called GoVarsity, a platform that provides mentorship on how to apply to University, and information on career paths and subject choices. In October 2014, he completed a nine-month incubator program at RLabs where he launched his first start-up company. The app has already attracted few users. He is now a Software developer at RLabs where he is tutoring coding to young people, working with startups.
Lufefe Nomjana is a social entrepreneur, known to his community as ‘The Spinach King’ or ‘Popeye,’ not only because of his love for spinach, but because of what he has turned it into. Self-starter Lufefe’s company, Espinaca Innovations, (Espinaca is the Spanish word for spinach), is starting a health revolution in Cape Town’s townships. He found his calling growing up in Gugulethu, with the need to support his family. Lufefe and his two brothers were raised by a single mother, while his father lived in the Eastern Cape. “Life was challenging. We were raised in an unhealthy environment, and having to live in an informal settlement was not easy. We also didn’t have much money. Things got really tough when I was in primary school – my brothers and I had to split up because my mother couldn’t afford to take care of us all at the same time.”
Most of us use a computer for a large portion of our daily life, in offices equipped with standard office furniture. Some of us will be lucky enough to work for a company that invests in quality furniture for the benefit of its employees. However, few of us understand what our working lifestyles are doing to our bodies and how the impacts of sitting for such long periods of time are degrading our health and wellbeing. While building his career, Ryan Roberts, passionate designer and owner of the creative enterprise Roberts Creative, would work 10-hour days. Ryan would spend long hours hunched over his MacBook, delivering high quality work for his clients, unaware of the damage he was inflicting on his back. Pain and signs of strain slowly began to flare up. Ryan started to feel general lethargy which soon progressed into acute back pain, numbness in the legs, stiff muscles and shooting pain. He consulted medical specialists who collectively agreed that Ryan was suffering from Sciatic nerve damage, a common condition that plagues people who sit for long stretches of time. Fatigue from the pain began to affect the quality of Ryan’s work, his life and those around him. Spurred on by sharps pains at 3am, Ryan decided enough was enough and he decided to take his chiropractors advice and try to sit less at work. This was easier said than done. Whilst stacking books on top of each other to raise the position of his MacBook was a cheap solution, it was messy and unstable. Standing for eight hours straight was also hard work! He was determined to find a creative solution to the problem. Ryan needed an adjustable desk with stability and the ability to sit and stand throughout his working day. Hhe found a few desks, but, they were big, clunky and expensive! As a designer Ryan believes that if the right design does not already exist, design it yourself. After countless consultations with medical professionals and days of research into ergonomics, he designed his desk: the Desk Stand was born.
William Mapham is passionate about improving rural healthcare. He founded Vula Mobile in 2014. The Vula Mobile App gives rural health workers direct access to specialists on call for advice, booking appointments and making urgent referrals. He is currently specialising in ophthalmology at Tygerberg Hospital. He committed to rural development, previously serving as Vice Chair of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA). He has published "Mobile Phones - Changing Healthcare one SMS at a time" (2008), "The role of private and other non-governmental organisations in primary health care" (2008) and Social Entrepreneurship in Health (2011). In April 2016 Vula Mobile became the first South African Innovation to be presented at the Royal Society of Medicine's Innovation Day in London.
Location: Events Space, 2nd floor, CT City Hall
Darling Street , Cape Town, Western Cape , 8001, Cape Town