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Are you a…? January 24, 2013

Filed under: RLabs,She's the Geek,Women — Madam Geek @ 10:07 pm
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So I haven’t blogged on here in almost a year. I figured that before I celebrate the 1 year anniversary of not blogging on MadamGeek, I better put something on here.

I must confess that I have been inspired by a very special group of young people. We call them the GROW Recruits. Two weeks ago my colleague Monique from the famous She’s the Geek did a training session with these GROW Recruits. The topic was a bit confusing to them as we titled it: Are you a…?

During this session we asked them to discuss 4 points. As females I do think being controversial and eccentric helps the male species stay on their toes. So the controversial question we posed to these recruits was: “Are men better web designers than females?”

Of course the recruits were polite at first. But once the conversation started their opinions were expressed in various forms. But for the record: no objects were thrown about the room or at anyone in particular, except for words. I have my own opinion on this and had to bite my tongue each time one of the young men said: “Of course men are better, just look at the history of web designers!” But the girls really made us proud by answering or sharing their opinion in a civilized and lady like manner.

After the 6 Phase GROW Bootcamp it became quite evident that the female male ratio in numbers and active participation is leaning quite favorably to the female participants in the GROW Bootcamp. Well done ladies! You have stayed strong and committed.

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Inside at the MXit API Launch October 29, 2010

Filed under: She's the Geek — Madam Geek @ 8:26 am
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This morning we sitting in Stellenbosch at the MXit API Launch. After arriving, registering and having a cup of coffee we were set for the morning. Lots of people were taking photos and I assume they are from the media. There were also the MXit team wearing their T-Shirts with an “M” on it and were all ready to help and make you feel pretty welcome.

Now MXit as we know it has had loads of publicity both good and very bad and others just really bad. The Ceo Herman tells us that publicity is always good for MXit.

I must admit that listening to Herman speak you cant help but be impressed with their vision and values on creating products to service its own community. Users don’t have to leave the MXit world. There is a wealth of apps inside this world that exposes the user to various possibilities that they don’t have access to elsewhere at such a low low or no cost to the user. The only costs the users will have to incur is the data charges attached to their mobile handsets.

Next up will be the explaination of how by opening up its API, MXit is welcoming everyone to join in developing apps or games to enhance the users experience on MXit.

To become a partner with MXit you register on: code.mxit.com

Important to note is that in the process of partnering with MXit:
– Your IP will always be owned by you.
– Your revenue share will will include 70% of Moola generated
– Another way to generate revenue is to run link in with the advertisement

A few basic benefits of MXit:
Free messaging
Instant messaging
Data costs insignificant
Presence and status
Multi-group communication
Muti-media enabled
Location based info is available
Extensive user information available
Viral effect and social networking

The future of Mxit:
Enhance API
Multi-player games
Trading platform
CRM using MXit
Closer TV and radio interaction
New forms of mobile advertising
Create multiple sub-communities on MXit
User pills and market research
Social development in Africa
Location based services (LBS)

Source: She’s the Geek

 

Woman of the Week: Jackie Biggs October 25, 2010

Filed under: She's the Geek,Women — Madam Geek @ 11:12 am


Jackie tell our readers a little about yourself and what you do?

My name is Jackie Biggs and I am a 43 year old mother of 2 daughters. I am married for 24 years to a wonderful man. I am a home executive and I love being hands-on and involved in the lives of my family. I am the type of person who loves being of help to whoever is in need of my assistance.

Has technology changed your life in any way?

I started becoming interested in social media when my eldest daughter introduced me to face book that was the time I was down with a broken ankle and not much to do. I then started browsing other sites. Technology changed my life whereby I started connecting with friends from school and even family members whom I very seldom see.

Take us through a typical day in your life

Being alone at home every day I have lots of time to do whatever I wish to do. So first thing in the morning when everybody has left, I go on Face book to update my status and read through the statuses of my friends. I also browse through the other sites I’m connected to. Once I’m done with whatever I need to do in the house, I will go onto Face book and read through.

What are your current projects?

My current project is to finish my Mom3.0 classes and graduate.

Why do you Blog?

I blog because I can share my experiences with the rest of the world. I can put my thoughts in a blog. Writing is sometimes better than talking.

What is the best gadget you ever played with?

Not many, a Laptop but I wish I had gadgets to play with so that I can explore all the options available to me.

What social media tools do you use?

A computer and my cell phone.

How many hours do you spend on the Internet?

Not more than 4 hours a day. I limit myself because I have a family.

What advice would you give to a newbie starting out?

They must be interested in technology. It is a learning process and fun at the same time. They must not feel intimidated by those who are pro’s because they are there to assist us.

What are your top 5 favourite websites?

Face book, Twitter, Blue world, You Tube, Blogger and I love to Google. I just discovered Skype which I think is so cool.

Where do you look when you need a little inspiration?

At the blog posts of ordinary people in the community. People with day to day experiences and using modern technology to share them with the rest of the world.

So what can we expect from you in 2010 and beyond?

Not sure yet but I would want to learn whatever I can concerning technology. I would like to have my own website one day. The world is my oyster!

Connect with Jackie on Twitter: @JackiemBiggs and Blog: Mom3.0

Source: She’s the Geek

 

Power the Crowd “Evlydotcom” October 21, 2010

Filed under: Conference,RLabs,She's the Geek — Madam Geek @ 11:07 am
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This week the WTF Media Conference one of the speakers, Eran Eyal a co-founder of Springleap spoke about the Power of the Crowd: Crowdsourcing. And he introduced us to Evlydotcom, which is the first crowdsourcing social network of its kind that allows you to connect with a global community to solve anything! Now this was an interesting talk and we are quite excited with its possibilities!

“Evly websites function much like the group or fan-pages on other social media websites, however evly provides users with their own unique website and the ability to grow a network based around their particular interest or need. In addition, evly will provide advanced crowdsourcing and social networking features which will enable website owners to easily manage and grow their own community.” Read more on the Evly Press Release.

 

#WTF10 – A Bit of History October 20, 2010

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This conference is organised by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Twelve years ago the Media Conference was organised by the studen affairs office of Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), then Cape Technikon. In 2002, the Public Relations Management Department took over the conference. It has evolved from humble beginnings in 1998 into a far bigger conference than they ever imagined back then.
Last years speakers included: Dave Daurte (Nomadic Marketing – GSB); Heidi Schneigansz of Quick eMarketing (Search Engine Optimisation); Justin Hartman of Afrigator; Matthew Buckland of 20Fourlabs (Incubating online innovation); Adriaan Pienaar of Woothemes (The Experience Web); Marlon Parker (Using Social Media for Social Change) and Andrew Rens of Shuttleworth Foundation (Open Source).

Well if you want to know about this years conference and speakers you have to stay tuned to She’s the Geek and RLabs.

 

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

 

Presentation Time for Mom3.0 Session October 2, 2010

This morning the moms came out in full force once again to attend the Mom3.0 Cafe Session. Today the RLabs facilitators thought it would be interesting to surprise the ladies by asking them to choose their favourite social media tool. Once they have chosen their tool they would get 15min to prepare themselves and then have to present a step-by-step guide to signing in and using this tool to the rest of the class.

We always have to shift and change our mindsets and get helped out of our comfort zones. So this exercise was quite useful. The moms were good sports and when presenting, encouraged each other to continue and not focus on the mistakes during the presentations. The favourite tool of the morning was Facebook. When asked why that tool is their favourite? One of the moms shared that she loves looking at peoples pictures and reading their status updates. The fact that you can see everything on one screen is wonderful and very exciting.

Below we have one of the moms Jackie Biggswho is an avid micro blogger. She chose Twitter as her tool to present. When asked why Twitter? She answered its quick and instant. One does not have to wait before updating your status. If you feel or experienced something you can say it immediately without waiting for someone to comment on or Like your status. Jackie has been for over a year now and it is always interesting to read what she has to say and how she contributes to the world wide web.

You can follow the Mom3.0 Cafe Session moms on: www.mom2zero.com

Source: RLabs

 

What did you StumbleUpon today? October 1, 2010

Filed under: apple,Gadget,RLabs,She's the Geek,Social Media — Madam Geek @ 12:30 pm
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I do enjoy it when I StumbleUpon something easy. I have heard about and read about QR codes for a while now, but was never really interested to use it or get into it. I prefer things to be easy and just at my finger tips.

The best of the web at your fingertips

iPhone
Download from the Apple Store
Or, on your phone’s browser, visit http://www.stumbleupon.com

Android*
Point your Android phone to this QR Code.
Your barcode reader should be able to read
it and launch the Market. (no code?)

Or, on your phone’s browser, visit www.stumbleupon.com

* Easily explore pages in your favorite topics and on top sites (Flickr, YouTube, Photos, News).
* The pages you bookmark from your phone are automatically synced with your StumbleUpon account
on the web, so you can access your favorites wherever you are.
* Share easily with anyone using Email, Facebook, or Twitter.
* Optimized experience just for your mobile device.
* It’s free, and it only takes a minute to download. Learn more.

After reading this and downloading it on my iPhone last night, I thought wow now all I have to do is open the QR Reader App on my phone and there you go. Easy as pie! I was quite excited to get to RLabs today and share it with the team. But by the time I mentioned ‘QR Codes’, everyone had already downloaded it on their mobile phones. Here I thought it was only available on the iPhone and Android phone as the post above says! Also She’s the Geek tells me that Rafiq from Web Addict already sent her a link this morning on Twitter.

So there you have it. When you think you just Stumble(d)Upon something interesting somewhere else someone else Stumble(d)Upon it first! I am just glad to be surrounded with all these geeks…

 

Screaming Gadget…4 August 27, 2010

Filed under: Gadget,She's the Geek — Madam Geek @ 4:32 pm
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This is the fourth video in our Screaming Gadget series. We put one of our friends’ Shameez Liederman on the spot yesterday and asked her if she is brave enough to test this device. Watch the video to see her reaction.

This is the Personal Alarm from Ila Dusk based in the UK. It should be used in case of an emergency. Eg. When you are being attacked or you think someone is following and you are not feeling very safe. The screaming device will alert people around you that something is wrong and that you need some help. We haven’t tested it in a live attack yet. It is quite interesting to see how women react to this device when asked to test it. First the device screams on activation then the woman screams and laughs at the same time because of the high decibel screeching sound the device makes and maybe just pure shock!

More video’s will follow as we ask various individuals to test the device and tell us what they think and if it will help them.

 

Visiting Moms 3.0 by Veera Uusoksa June 19, 2010

This is a Guest post From The Penguin Trail – Cape to Cairo by Veera Uusoksa

It just so happened that I was in Cape Town for some open source related business (Freedom Toasters for Northern Cape) and decided to spend a weekend in town. I was dining at Kloof Street on Fr‎iday evening when Monique phones me asking if I would not like to visit RLabs the following day and join the Mom3.0 session. Well, of course I would. And what an amazing group of women it was!

RLabs is situated in Bridgetown under the shadows of the Athlone power station cooling towers “salt and pepper”. As I was turning off from N2, driving past a fancy looking mall through side streets and asking people for directions I was excited. I had heard about the work in the Reconstructed Living Lab, read about it and met Marlon Parker in quite a few events but never actually visited the centre. There is a few potential buildings on the street and it takes one U-turn to find the brown brick building with Youth Centre sign one can hardly read from a distance.

In front of the centre a legion of boys and young men greet me in the most polite way, giving directions and wanting to have a chat. I found it hard to believe that this is a community plagued with violence, drugs and gangsterism. Can’t quite put my finger on it but definitely something positive is cooking. First time in the community like this I felt a sense of pride. Or hope. Or future perhaps.

After the session there was no question about it. I want to be part of this! Yes, I will gladly spend a day in Athlone. There is no other place in the world I want to be right now but to watch community soccer and hear the old men shouting at the referee (some things don’t change no matter where in the world you are). Sun is shining, mountains surround the field and people are out.

And the moms? Mom3.0 Cafe Session is a social media gettogether for women. Twitter, blogging, Facebook and Gmail is shared every second Saturday by Monique Theron and Rene Parker. The class will last almost a year and after that ladies will be social media fundis. Monique herself is a graduate of the reconstructed class 2008 and blogging at She’s the Geek. At this session we concentrated on Twitter. Some where used to it, others signing up for the first time. Vibe at the session was fantastic to say the least. I had forgotten the special magic in all women technology groups. You can meet The Moms and feel the vibe on Twitter.

RLabs is “reconstructing communities through innovation”. Just check out their amazing projects and results. I surely was humbled and awed. It is rare one meets so many genuinly good people that inspire you to work better, smarter and get involved. I believe we found a perfect venue to launch our trail in January.