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Geekulcha, the tech platform for IT students

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The Geekulcha crew after the Ericsson Working Life Hackathon

There has been a few articles written about Geekulcha with the aim of explaining what it does and also to give it some spotlight to shine(everyone needs some little bit of fame). However there still remains a lot of questions about this Geekulcha thingy. People want to know what it is, what it does and my favourite questions HOW DO WE JOIN GEEKULCHA? Take a seat and let me break it down (sips coffee from the cool Geekulcha mug)

The name Geekulcha is a fusion of Geek and Culture. Yes you got it right, we turned Culture into KULCHA, pretty cool don’t you think?. Why did we do that? Well why not? Let’s practice, Geek Culture, Geek Culture, Geek Kulcha, Geek Kulcha, Geekulcha, Geekulcha. There you go. Practice makes perfect, so they said in class.

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Geekulcha is dynamic and vibrant tech startup that focuses mainly on IT students, young IT professionals and basically anyone who is interested in the exciting world of Technology. We want to establish ourselves as the tech hub that the youth can call their own and use to learn more about IT, connect with other students, share knowledge through our platform, collaborate on projects, attended varies tech events to see what the tech world is about and also get training & exposure from industry leaders and the different tech companies that we work with and plan to work with. Shoooo, that was a mouth full

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.
— Pearl S. Buck

All of the above are just a build up to our main goal which is seeing our Geekulcha community put their skills to work. We all know the reality within our country. There is a huge unemployment rate. Students get to graduate but end up sitting at home with the right skills but not enough opportunities to test and improve their skills by putting them to work. Not cool at all. Companies are complaining that the graduates are not up to industry standards, who is fooling who?. That’s a debate we prefer to leave between the different academic institutions and the ICT industry. Back to classs…

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Awesome tech minds during the Random Hacks Of Kindness (RHOK) hackathon

We have over the past year introduced a reasonable number of students to the mobile world and interesting a good number of them end up getting hired. We intended to increase that number with the help of different partners and organizations in the mobile space. Our focus has been been mostly on mobile development but as we know mobile development is just a small piece of the bigger IT pie and we plan on catering more pieces of the pie to our tech community. Some of those areas we intend on focusing on are in robotics, electronics, gaming, networking, web development, Business Analysis and entrepreneurship

We see ourselves as young tech professionals who are students of life. We believe that we have already made some small impact, even the World Bank through Infodev has noticed by sending a team to do a case study on Geekulcha.  We attend a lot of the cool and big tech events in the country. If we are not there “disturbing the peace” then we are behind the scenes helping run the events. Yes we are part of the social media revolution. Just check us on twitter (@Geekulcha) and Facebook you will see. You really are missing out. What do you think about our numbers? Go on, go check them.

“We all benefit by having young people exposed to the ‘way things are done’ in a democratic society. Isn’t it time… to ‘tap the power of youth?”
— Hans Bernard

We seriously love being geeks and do what we love. Some of our crew members have enjoyed the spotlight as speakers during TedxPretoria and Tech4Africa. We build things within 24-48 hours through hackathons. We also enjoy experimenting. We once placed a geek poet with beat-boxer and here is the end product.

So where are we based? Well mlab at the Innovation Hub is where we do all the tactics and brainstorming sessions but we reside all over the country. There are 26 Academic institutions in South Africa. Imagine how many geeks we have in our army. Imagine how much (positive) damage we can do. Curious to findout? then email us at info@geekulcha.com. We don’t mind having a cup of coffee with you. Please add some chocolate muffins too. We love muffins

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The GK crew having a brainstorming session

If you’re a student and interested in joining our army of developers, designers, bloggers, engineers, gamers and mobile ninjas then show us what you’re made off and we will show you a different world outside your academic environment that will get you all pumped up for some serious action. Ever heard of a hackathon? Nope? Then checkout our Geektionary. Geekstars know their terms and vocab. But first go get Geekulchad here (@Geekulcha, Geekulcha page )

Every good army needs a few generals to lead and advice it. We believe that the same applies to Geekulcha. That’s why we are assembling a strong team of mentors and Board of Advisers with industry knowledge and expertise to guide our Geekulcha crew, community and ambassadors.

Maybe you’re sitting there and wondering how you can be part of this community if you’re not a student but want to be friends with the cool geeks. Well you can actually be part of The Friends Of The Geeks. It’s a great way to show your support towards us and towards the future of tech in our country. Let’s be friends, reach us here, info@geekulcha.com.

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Gabriel and Mixo hanging out with Aki from Talk Radio 702

So what’s next? Well we are busy working on this and that, here and there with so and so. Stay tuned for more details. While you patiently wait checkout our cool Youtube video’s on our Geekulcha.tv

Young, Talented, Skilled, Creative and Ambitious. That’s who and what we are

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Public Announcement: Attention IT students

Good day family. Let me share some of my plans with you. I am trying to build a company, Geekulcha that will challenge big IT companies, work with them, hire students, get students hired, build great products that the people actually need, will help with skills development in the country and eventually be a force within Africa. If you think that maybe im too ambitious then you are probably right. But i prefer trying over not trying

I want Geekulcha to have networks across the country so we can also do cool stuff in your province, not just in Pretoria. But to do that we will need your support. The best way to get things going for you to tell your chomies about Geekulcha and let them know about our Facebook page. We are also on twitter and you can check our youtube vids

Expect lots of events on the ground so you can polish your skills. Expect lots of opportunities for those that grab them.

I would love to help launch a new company this year that will come out of the Geekulcha community which is you guys.

All this will only happen when you’re onboard. To my sisters out there no more excuses. It’s 2014. You gotta step your game up and show what you’re really made of

We are young, talented, skilled, creative and should be ambitious. The time for disruption is now. DONT BE LEFT BEHIND

Make sure you check out all the Geekulcha social media outlets:
https://www.facebook.com/Geekulcha

https://twitter.com/Geekulcha (NB follow)

http://www.youtube.com/user/Geekulcha (check out the interviews we do)
http://www.geekulcha.com/

I am an unemployed youth…IS THERE A FUTURE FOR ME?

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One of the greatest challenges facing our beloved country is the rate of unemployement. Let’s face it, it’s not going to end anytime soon.There is a growing debate on whether the government is doing enough to create jobs for the youth and also for the general public.Another challenge that comes to mind, even though some see it as an excuse by big corporates, is that we are in an economic crisis and instead companies are letting people go than hiring them.

As a young South African I must admit that’s its a mission to get a job,even a simple internship and I have seen a lot of my friends get frustrated and close to giving up because there just seems to be no opportunities for them. Take a simple government internship post where they are looking for just 3 people yet over a thousand have applied.

It’s easy to sit and blame the government and the huge corporates . Okay maybe they can and should do just a little bit extra but question is what are you the individual doing to better your own life?

I’m a huge admirer of street vendors and those standing on the roads selling things in the blazing heat all day.Yes,maybe that’s not the route I would take but I like how they refuse to sit at home and do nothing with their lives while constantly complaining about what they lack. Instead they wake up and go hustle hard

Release your potential

“This is a time for bold measures. This is the country, and you are the generation.” – Bono

Most of the guys doing IT in tertiary have amazing skills in developing systems, apps and almost anything that is required. Sometimes I wish I had the skills they have. Yet they sit at home and majority will never take the bold step and do something for themselves with their skills because they have a mentality that the only way to make money is to have a boss. What if no boss decides to hire you?

We lack Entrepreneurs “The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation. ” – Pearl S. Buck

I have taken lots of risk with the little money got my hands on and 6/10 times the risk paid of.I am not yet where I want to be but I believe I have a business mentality and I will keep digging my gold mine.I know the challenges that face one in starting something with financial backing being one of them but that alone shouldn’t stop you as long as you believe in your idea A lot of countries out do us in a lot of areas but one that stands out is in the entrepreneur department.

A lot of people,especially young guys are making a killing financially all over the world especially in America and it’s not that they have a strong financial muscle but because they are constantly looking for ideas, opportunities and are not afraid of taking the risk. Lots of names spring to mind when I think of guys who made it from nothing to being filthy rich. One of my favorite local guys is Dj Sbu. Those who know Sbu will tell you he started from nothing but is now making it big as a musician, radio DJ and has now ventured into the clothing industry all because he took a risk,believed in himself and worked his pants off.

So to those still looking for jobs your time will come if you remain patient and have faith.Just don’t sit around doing nothing with your life and becoming a human tv guide while waiting for companies to call you or opportunities dropping from the sky. Go out there and volunteer,develop a new skill, polish your current skill,hustle hard,take a chance and create a need where there is a lack

“There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.”  – Barbara Jordan

About Me

“So what do you actually do?” A question that I am constantly asked by lots of different people that I come across. Some see the activities that I do but are not quite sure of what exactly it is that I do. Pretty sure many would expect me to answer this question with so much ease since I’m constantly asked about it. Well sorry to disappoint you. I still struggle to answer that question since I am horrible at talking about myself. I prefer my work to do the talking. Anyway it can’t really be avoided. I have to eventually get used to explaining what it is that I actually do. Not just for the sake of others but for my own sake. Let me give it a try.

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Who Am i?

My name is Mixo, pronounced as Misho or Me-sho. I am not mixzo, Tumisho nor Mixo (with Xhosa sound). Mixo is my full name, not a short version for whatever people think I am. It is also not my nickname.

Fortune is my other name, not my surname. Fortune is also what I believe I am destined to have, God willingly. My surname is Ngoveni

So if you didn’t know NOW you know. I am Mixo Fortune Ngoveni

What do I do?

Now comes the really difficult part. Main reason for this is that I do a lot of things, well so it seems. I enjoy experimenting, challenging myself and just love a whole bunch of things. Some I’m good at, some I “Fake it until I make it”, and others I just flop at them. I do not like titles but for the sake of this post I will give myself a few titles. My own versions off-cause

I am a Microsoft Student Partner representing Tshwane University of Technology where I am currently doing my Btech in IT with a focus on Business Informatics.  Within TUT I work with different IT Departments and help some of their students with their in-service training while introducing others to the world of mobile technology and exposing them to the IT world. As MSP’s would say, “Geek is the new ROCKSTAR!!!”

I run a startup called Geekulcha which is based at mLab within The Innovation Hub. I am also part of the CoachLab programme at the Innovation Hub with Standard Bank being my sponsor at CoachLab. One of my strong characteristics is connecting people with things, things with people and people with other people. I guess the right title for that is called “The Connector”. Not only am I a connector but I am also a Growth Hacker. I am able to spread the word on something and make it reach as many people as possible like a wild fire. Some credit should be given to social media and its capabilities…..when used properly.

Below is a summary of the things that I enjoy doing . You can read further or stop here. It’s all up to you. However I do advice that the best way of getting to know me is to actually spend time with me.

The YoungTrepreneur

I am the Founder/CEO of Geekulcha which is a tech startup/platform for connecting IT students from all parts of South Africa so they can share ideas, collaborate, learn, put their skills to work and connect with the ICT industry. More about Geekulcha in future posts or check us on Facebook if you really cant wait https://www.facebook.com/Geekulcha

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I like calling myself an Under30CEO simply because that’s what I aspire to be and that is what I am working towards every day. I have already had 8 different businesses from a young age. I sold marbles, Pokémon, homework in primary, Cell phone covers (thank you Nokia 3310). In tertiary I expanded my business skills and sold second hand textbooks, airtime and empty CD’s. So it’s pretty obvious that I enjoy the risky yet exciting world of business. You can just call me a Hustler. I will definitely share the highs and lows of the Hustling world. It is a whole lot of fun, unpredictable but not as glamorous as people make it out to look like. I am no expert but just simply want to share what I have come cross so it can help someone out there. Hopefully they wont make the same mistakes that I made .I made a lot of mistakes but learning from them.

The techie aka Geek

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I have this thing for gadgets especially mobile devices.If i’m not owning it then I am either testing it or reading about it. So you can just imagine the number of devices that I have played with,all ranging from the fruit phones (iphone and Blackberry), the robots (Android), Windows Phones and all kinds of Nokia’s.

My appetite for mobile devices was made worse by Microsoft South Africa and mLab. In 2011 Microsoft SA selected me to be a Microsoft Student Partner. My role was simple and fun. I had to learn about their different technologies, tools and devices with the windows Phone being the main focus. I became the first student in South Africa to own the Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone (May it R.I.P). My love for gadgets, especially mobile devices just kept growing. I am always surrounded with new devices and get to play with them. So expect a lot of reviews on devices coming from me. You can call me the Mobile Ninja

If you still want to know more about me then let us connect on social media.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/4otune

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Geekulcha

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Geekulcha

Youtube: youtube.com/geekulcha

Welcome to my world, my thoughts, my views

It has been months since I last blogged. I don’t even remember my past blogs. Those who know will tell you that I’m horrible in remembering my accounts and their passwords. So decided to start afresh. Do things differently and just blog about anything from my world, my startup, the amazing people I meet, the different activities that I go to

Save yourself the trouble of trying to figure out what my blog will focus on because I don’t even know yet. I just want to write write write write and share things around me. I don’t even know what I will officially call my blog. We will call that bridge as time goes

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Steve Jobs

I do however plan on touching subjects that interest me. Subjects such as technology, Geekulcha, the youth, the entrepreneur world, life in general

You will notice that my blog will change its look and feel as time goes. The reason for that is that I am busy learning how to make websites and busy playing with html5. So I will be using my blog to test all those things that I will be learning

Want to know more about? Then i suggest you follow this blog. I struggle big time talking about myself and what I do so I will just blog about it…..HOPEFULLY.  You can follow me on twitter (@4otune) and if tech is your things then I recommend you also follow @Geekulcha, which is a tech platform for all IT students and lovers of tech and gadgets

Welcome to my world. Looking forward to hearing and interacting with you

Geekulchad

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