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Take Up Space June 15, 2020

Filed under: Conference,Reblog,RLabs,Women — Madam Geek @ 7:00 am
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I wanted to reblog a post I wrote on another website last month. It is a self hosted site but unfortunately, technology failed me and it would not allow me to reblog it directly from the website. Of course I am going to blame technology and not my actual skills or lack thereof. If there are any WordPress bloggers out there that know how to do this, please leave a comment in this post for my future reference. I do thank you in advance. As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts “Making a Comeback” that one of the organisations I represent is called RLabs  and two of favourite projects I am currently leading with an amazing team of women is called RLabs Women and Junk.Fund .

The title of this post is Take Up Space and please read the post below to see just how it is possible to take up space and actually own the space. Watch our Date Night Welcome video and Thank You Poem. Happy reading…

RLabs Women Virtual Date Night – 27 May 2020

Good afternoon to the RLabs Women Team and to all those that attended our Virtual Date Night last night. We have spent many weeks and late nights in preparation to host our first ever Virtual Date Night. We had many surprises planned for the women with great entertainment lined up and the announcement of our Junk.Fund May 2020 Winners. Video Date Night Pitching Video

The theme we chose was  #TakeUpSpace  #YourDigitalSpace and our esteemed Guest Speaker and Panelists were specifically invited to share with us how they are taking up space. As RLabs Women, our mission is to “Unleash the greatness in women and girls to fearlessly dominate the entrepreneurship and technology domains”. One of the ways how we do this is by hosting a networking event every quarter called: Startup Women Date Night. We bring together women of all ages who are entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and women who are on the ground being Change Makers. These events allow the women to make new connections and form new friendships while being: inspired, empowered, reminded to continue dreaming, aspiring for greatness in all they do by continuing to change their realities and to fearlessly dominate the technology and entrepreneurship domains.

Last night the women showed tenacity, bravery and were true examples of shaking off the dust and rising up. Our Zoom call was hacked half through our first Virtual Date Night with explicit images and language popping up on everyone’s screen. After the shock wore off and we realized that it was a hack and not just one of participants mic that was accidentally unmuted and sharing their screen, the RLabs Women and Media team tried to block and mute the hackers.

Unfortunately by this time, we were exposed to the explicit images and we decided to shut the call down. We immediately thought “do we just end Date Night”? Of course, the RLabs Women and Media teams are made of tougher stuff than this. Many of us have faced far greater enemies than hackers and we were not going to let all that was prepared for the women go to waste. We started another call on Google Meet and tried to share the new link as swiftly as possible to get as many women back online with us. We do apologize to those women who we might have missed and to those who were watching on Facebook Live since we had to terminate the Livestream. We started our Date Night #2 and had about 70% of the participants re-join us. We kicked it off with some music and got straight into an inspiring panel discussion by Kristiina from Finland and Candy from DRC. These women moved us at our core and when we share of ourselves with each other it makes someone else’s struggles lighter. As entrepreneurs, we needed to be reminded to not give up and not to be afraid to reinvent ourselves when we need to. We ended the night with our pitching competition and had 4 amazing May 2020 winners who received cash Cheques on the night.

Through this experience, it reminded me that women are not safe! It’s not safe for us to be outside, it is not safe in our homes, at our places of work, at our places of study, school, when we are online and even when we want to encourage and empower each other. Women all around the world face these challenges daily and many movements and groups are fighting this abuse and wanting it to be safer for women not just to have a chance to live, breath, create, explore and exist but to rise up, shake off the dust and be a contagious woman! We refuse to be trampled on by anyone.

The comments and encouragement from the women were streaming in and were extremely overwhelming for us. We thank you for showing us that as women, we are stronger together and that we will not stop talking, sharing, existing and taking up our place.

To quote a line from our previous Date Night #BOSSUp theme song:

“You can only BossUp if you shake it off, Rise Up Rise Up! Where my ladies at? ….”

Who knew that we will be doing exactly that on our first Virtual Date Night.

Sending you all lots of love ❤️ Rene Parker

#TakeUpSpace #MakingHOPEContagious #IAmFearless #YesToDominate #YearOfRise

RLabs Women Team – Tougher than Nails

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Digital Marketing to the MAX October 12, 2010

Earlier today we had the wonderful opportunity to be trained and equipped by none other than the incredible Max Kaizen in the RLabs space.

Max Kaizen

Max is better known to be a Hunter of Genius and a writer on digital citizenship, What we do daily is so encouraging to the rest of the World say’s Max and our takeaway of the day’s digital marketing session would be that we now are able to mashup being creative in ICT and literally jump in, grab what we have, unpack and drive our Social Media campaigns and continue making a difference with the use of transmedia storytelling.

Source: She’s the Geek


It was just a thought (via Uusiza’s Blog)

Filed under: Reblog — Madam Geek @ 8:35 pm
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Blog post by: Terence Hendricks

I dropped out of school in 1990's and was looking for employment  but the difficulty I had was that there were always hundreds of other unemployed people also seeking employment at the same time. I didn’t have much luck when it came to seeking employment, it was always the case that someone had to organize a job at their place of employment. I was reminded of my job hunting days when I was driving through the industrial area and  saw  the unemplo … Read More

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Because I am a Girl 2010: Girls and ICTs (via Wait… What?) October 1, 2010

Filed under: Reblog — Madam Geek @ 11:08 pm

This is a brilliant read and much too good not to share.

Because I am a Girl 2010: Girls and ICTs The urban and digital environments are the 21st century’s fastest-growing spheres. Both offer enormous potential for girls around the world, but prejudice and poverty exclude millions of girls from taking advantages of the transformative possibilities that cities and information and communication technologies (ICTs) can offer.  Exploitation a … Read More

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Can anything good come from the Cape Flats? (via From the balcony…) June 3, 2010

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So now I’m playing around with some more reblogging and came across this post.
Happy reading.
Yours truly,
Madam Geek

Can anything good come from the Cape Flats? Wikipedia descibes The Cape Flats as: "The Cape Flats (Afrikaans: Die Kaapse Vlakte) is an expansive, low-lying, flat area situated to the southeast of the central business district of Cape Town. To most people in Cape Town, the area is known simply as 'The Flats'. Described by some as 'apartheid's dumping ground', from the 1950's the area became home to people the apartheid government designated as non-White. Race-based legislation such as the G … Read More

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We All Like to Reblog

Filed under: Madam Geek,Reblog — Madam Geek @ 8:31 pm
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I just came across this piece of news from and of course I had to try it out and see how effective it is.
Yours truly,
Madam Geek

We All Like to Reblog Have you ever come across a blog post that you enjoyed so much you wanted to easily share it with the readers of your own blog? Sure, you can copy and paste the link and perhaps even a snippet of text with your own comments, but overall it's not a particularly enjoyable experience. We wanted to change this and make sharing other posts with your readers as easy as posting to your blog. Today we're introducing a new like and reblog feature enabled … Read More

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