About NCDev Ecosystem


A platform for all things ICT and Entrepreneurship scene in the Northern Cape. Developed by the Sol Plaatje University students who were selected as Geekulcha Student Ambassadors. The ultimate goal of the NCDev Ecosystem is to build-up to an establishment of an mLab in the Northern Cape.

The platform extends Geekulcha services to the Northern Cape for students, entrepreneurs, designers and community leaders to Connect, Learn, Share and Put Skills to real work.

Vision: The Northern Cape must become one of the strong leaders in the ICT space in South Africa and be a home of Innovation, Adequate Skills Pool and drivers of the growing Tech-Enabled world.

Mission: Establishing a highly active Developer/Maker Ecosystem in the Northern Cape for for a Smart and Inclusive Economy while realizing a socio-economical value.

Htxt Africa Article: Geekulcha Expanding Tech Student Body To Northern Cape

Platform Goals


This platform to will keep you up-to-date with activities in the Tech and Entrepreneurship in the Northern Cape province. Shall take greater aim in skills development and gives an edge to outstanding individuals to showcase their skills and be exposed to the corporate world for work and collaborative opportunities.

Championing These Aspects

  • Innovation: We tell you about all the Innovations coming from Northern Cape's Innovators
  • Tech Events: Keep up with what the industry is up to. Get exposed and find opportunities
  • Live by code: Tech meet-ups, codefests, hackathons, GeeksConnect and many dev sessions will get you up the game.
  • Growth Network: We bring you a variety of opportunities for networking and connect with industry leaders for work and collaborative opportunities.
  • Entrepreneurship: Get the right tools to kick-start your journey into Entrepreneurship and make a massive contribution to the economy and in job creation

Fuelled by GKSS-SPU

GKSS-SPU


Geekulcha Student Society at Sol Plaatje University to drive tech activities on campus


The GKSS mandate at SPU:

  • Represent Geekulcha on campus
  • Create and Enable platforms for student empowerment
  • Host events/initiatives
  • Connect students closer to opportunities
  • Drive digital campus initiative (GKSS App)

NCDev Initiatives


#OpenCampus Meetups
An opportunity for the Tech community to connect and share their thoughts

Youth VacWork Programme
Grooming them young, the VacWork takes place in July every year.

NCDev Hackathon
Annual hackathon to grow Developer/Maker momentum towards a smart and an inclusive province through Technology and Innovation.

Information Security
When Connected, Stay Protected. InfoSec skills development is part of the NCDev Ecosystem.

SkateHacks
Making skateboards smart and cool, the team integrate tech in skateboards, gather data and visualize.

Open Data Movement
Open Data programmes to enable new innovation and smart citizenship

#NCDevTop6Ladies Ladies in ICT and Entrepreneurship

Since 2015, the NCDev Ecosystem has been driving the ICT and SME skills development in the Northern Cape province, we honor some of the outstanding ladies in the forefront of the digital narrative of the province.


Millicent Mokoena

Millicent Mokoena


She is currently managing her own company, Glam Perfected, using innovative technology to provide excellent events management services to her wide range of clients.

Nomfundo Nkosi

Nomfundo Nkosi


Student - First chairperson of the Geekulcha Student Society at Sol Plaatje University. Responsible for the first tech programmes in the province.

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Gomolemo Motlhwai


Cordinator, DEDAT- Since 2015, Gomolemo has been at forefront of cooordinating tech activities in the province.


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Nyakallo Motsoari


Student, Mathematics - An aspiring astrophysicist with a great interest in code and being one of the leading scientists.

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Lynette Pieterson


Lecturer, TVET - Always ensured that her students are active on hackathons and championed the digital drive.

Joseline Maasdorp

Joseline Maasdorp


Ultimate GeekStar, VacWork Mier - A learner at the Rietfontein Combined School. One of the young up and coming industry in the province.

Digital Innovation Block

NCDev Women Summit 2017


NCDev Women Summit seeks to inspire, educate and connect girls and women to be highly active in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Science and Technology.

Our goal is to support the community of young women currently working in Technological industry and to help pave the way for girls and young women who want to enter the industry.

The summit will champion Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship and enable female local female entrepreneurs with digital skills for their businesses.
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SS17Hack Kimberley


'Challenging disruptive innovators to build the most secure systems possible. The Hackathon will also be used to explore new innovative mechanisms for the security sector.'

Geekulcha edition of the Hackathon will hosted at the Sol Plaatje University by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism(DEDaT), Geekulcha Student Society(GKSS) and the Diamond Creative Vision Hub(DCVH)

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053Hack in Kimberley


The 053 Hackathon (053HACK) is a local hackathon aimed at digitalizing Kimberley and turning it into a smart competitive city and in the process stimulate and develop Information Communication Technology and Tech-Entrepreneurship in the city for commercialization.

The hackathon is championed and hosted by local Tech-Entrepreneurs and it aims to attract software developers, computer programmers, data scientists, graphic designers, web developers and tech-entrepreneurs within and around the city of Kimberley

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Open Data Day kathu


Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world's local, regional and national governments.

Open data is data that can be freely used, shared and built-on by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose.

Most of work on the day will be on computers as a strategy to build more digital interest and drive a Collaborative Digital Economy. At the end of the event, participants will have innovative business ideas through Open Data.

Stories of the Open Data Day will be published through different platforms of the department and Geekulcha.

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Youth ICT and Business VacWork


Empowering youth Innovators and Entrepreneurs, the Youth ICT and Business Vacation Work (VacWork) is a high schools programme aimed giving a simulated working experience, to be hosted 10 - 14 July in Mier, Northern Cape.

The Geekulcha crew and community get to redistribute their skills/knowledge to the young ones.

The Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism seeks to expand and plug the program in rural communities of the Northern Cape. Given that the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) is coming around the Mier Municipality, the area has been identified as ideal to host the VacWork programme in 2017.

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Responsive Cities Challenge 2016


The aim of the Responsive Cities challenge is to encourage developers, designers, researchers and entrepreneurs to use available open data from various cities across South Africa to develop applications, stories and visualizations that can help residents work better with local government.

In the Northern Cape, the Open Government Partnership joined hands with DEDaT, Geekulcha and DCVH to host the provincial edition where 9 finalists made it through. Finalist workshop was hosted 19 - 20 November at Sol Plaatje University.

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Join The NCDev Ecosystem Today

Opportunities For Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship

DEDAT and Geekulcha have collaborated to establish this platform to provide
you with various opportunities in ICT and SME development.

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The Team

Nomfundo Nkosi

Nomfundo Nkosi

Chairperson | SPU Campus

Project manager for the NCDev Ecosystem, Nomfundo is an activist in getting stuff done.

Keenan Gwells

Deputy Chairperson | SPU Campus

The action guy, Keenan is a futurist who lives to see positive things thereby put action forward

Thato Duiker

Secretary | SPU Campus

Graphics Designer, Thato has a passion for ICT and empowering youngsters to follow their path.

Creston Campher

Deputy Secretary | SPU Campus

Skateboarding fan, Creston is a second year student who loves software development. Has sound skills in Android apps development.

Joyce Munetsi

PR Manager | SPU Campus

Advocate of female leadership and change in her field

Rebaone Moretlwe

Community Manager | SPU Campus

Rebaone is a first year student at SPU who likes to empower women and and use her love for computers to solve problems.

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