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A Saturday Morning at #RLabs July 3, 2010

This was an interesting day for MadamGeek at the RLabs office.

First thing this morning from 9 – 11am, Marlon Parker and Chantel Erfort ran their weekly Citizen Journalism session called ImoJourn here at RLabs. They have been running these weekly sessions since March 2010. This is a collaboration between RLabs and Cape Community Newspapers to bring Mobile Journalism to the community have been going well with the last few weeks having a focus on technologies such as Twitter, Facebook and blogging to share stories via their mobile phones. The learners from 3 high schools in Cape Town have been taught some basic journalism skills the first few months ranging from writing, editing, ethics to photography. The sessions are focused on how the learners can use their mobile phones to share stories in real time using available technologies such as Social Networking tools.

She’s the Geek, Madam Geek, Kingross, Brent’s Journey, Terence and the RLabs team came together today to host the Mom3.0 Cafe Session as part of RLabs Social Media for Social Change training. At 10am the Mom3.0 Cafe Session started with the continuation of the Speed Dating session on 19 June 2010. Today the moms played around with their facebook and twitter profiles and used online chats to communicate to some friends. And they added a bit of blogging to the session at the end.

We were honoured to have Mr. Arthur Charles van Wyk with us for a brief talk. Brent Williams invited Arthur to visit RLabs while he is in Cape Town. They met on Facebook and have been communicating via various social networks to set up the meeting. Arthur shared with the ladies his journey into the world of social media and how Social Media has changed his life. The women were in encouraged and felt inspired to continue blogging and contributing to the social media space. He says: “if you are not making a difference in someone elses life then what’s the use doing what you do?” This is exactly what RLabs is about, making a difference.

While the Mom3.0 Cafe Session was still in progress Etv’s Tech Report walked in. The team came to interview Marlon Parker on JamiiX. In the last interview on 17 June 2010, Tech Report interviewed: She’s the Geek and Craig Ross. Today they interviewed myself, Rene Parker and Brent Williams on the JamiiX service.

So after a busy morning and early afternoon, we called it a day and wrapped up! It seems that every week more exciting things are uncovered and we get to be part of it. Well done RLabs on a successful Saturday morning.

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Finding your Angel! June 23, 2010

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Guest post by: KingRoss

In preparation for substance abuse week (which is this week), RLabs has teamed up with Mxit to bring drug advice and support to the tip of Mxit subscribers fingers. 28,000 plus subscribers added the Angel Information Service .Yesterday the team had to be ready as they did not know how many people would come online seeking advice and support with their substance abuse problems. Yesterday in a 3 hour service session the following statistics were achieved with 8 counsellors:
Number of Conversations: 385
Number of Messages: 2867
Average Conversation per counsellor 44
The technology we are using to manage the conversations is JamiiX.

Thank you to the RLabs team for all the hard work and sacrifice in helping our youth.

 

RLabs in the Tech Report (via From the balcony…) June 18, 2010

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Rlabs in the Tech Report RLabs has again drawn interest from the media, this time etv’s new show ‘Tech Report’ paid them a visit to get some footage and the story behind the success of RLabs. The crew arrived and were surprised to find that RLabs only consisted of one room they are renting from Impact Direct, a community based organisation in Bridgetown. They interviewed Marlon Parker, founder of RLabs, a Social Entrepreneur and an Information Technology Lecturer at Cap … Read More

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

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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Introducing JamiiX: From the Cape Flats with Love

Guest post by Marlon Parker

Yesterday was an exciting day as we celebrated the announcement (Thanks to Memeburn)of what we’ve been doing over the past three years. The public announcement of JamiiX (Meaning “Social Exchange”) as a new Web 2.0 product that has been developed on the Cape Flats in Silicon Cape would prove to be more than just an average aggregator for Social Networks and Instant Messengers but will come with a little dash of colourfulness that will certainly change communication channels using Web 2.0.

JamiiX is a Web based tool providing organizations/ businesses/ government/ individuals to manage multiple conversations from different Social Media, Text Messaging and various Instant Messaging platforms. Some benefits using JamiiX are:

1.Lower Cost to User
2.Reporting mechanisms
3.Communication is easy as the users use mediums that they are comfortable with
4.Manage multiple conversations at a time.
5.Reach audience on both PC and mobile devices
6.Counselors or Advisors are able to provide support via JamiiX remotely using an internet connection.
7.Easy setup and low cost to operate.

MoVigo Technologies (Pty) Ltd. have taken the task of commercialising possible the first Cape Flats Community-Driven Innovation from the ground to a global product. Already with business partners and offices in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Finland along with its strategic partners Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs),MXit Lifestyle and ISLabs, JamiiX could well be a technology startup fairytale encouraging open collaboration with communities in developing innovative solutions. MoVigo Technologies has already acquired some seed funding (R1.4 million) from SAFIPA (SOUTH AFRICA – FINLAND KNOWLEDGE PARTNERSHIP ON ICT PROGRAMME) with the goal of establishing JamiiX as an international brand.

Watch this space as we will be sharing more about JamiiX and keep you updated on the progress of the official launch next week 8 June 2010. If you would like to join the JamiiX team at the launch you can register on the website and send a request message. You can also follow JamiiX on twitter or join the Facebook page.

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