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Are you a…? January 24, 2013

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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.



Geeky Moms October 29, 2011

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Geeky Moms

Ladies having some fun


Table Mountain Campaign Outreach Program Boosts Internet Access for Township Schools September 16, 2011

The Vote for Table Mountain campaign is empowering underprivileged communities in and around Cape Town by providing a platform to learn about the Internet.

The campaign has generated just under 2500 new email accounts and organisers estimate that by 11/11/11, the date that voting for the New 7 Wonders of Nature closes, the campaign will have introduced 5400 learners to email and opened their eyes to the power of the Internet.

The campaign organisers have teamed up with Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs), a non-profit organization that equips and empowers communities through technology, and together they are visiting schools and institutions in underprivileged communities and allowing them the use of laptops and Internet access.

Thereafter learners are shown how to vote online for the New 7 Wonders of Nature so that they too can be part of the global election to choose the world’s most wondrous natural sites.

Table Mountain is one of only 28 sites on the planet shortlisted to be named one of the Official New7Wonders of Nature, a contest which aims to attract more than 1 billion votes worldwide.

Each lesson involves students receiving a crash course on the Web and how it works, as well as an explanation of what an e-mail is and why people need an account. Thereafter, RLabs informs students about the Vote for Table Mountain campaign, as well as the other New7Wonders contestants and their countries. Their first interaction on the Web is voting for Table Mountain, allowing them to walk away with an e-mail address and a vote.

Rene Parker, Director of RLabs says: “This group effort has changed the landscape when it comes to youth being introduced to new technologies. This has been achieved with the shared partnership between the Vote for Table Mountain Campaign and RLabs.”

To date, RLabs has done 24 sessions in the Western Cape, tallying 3231 votes and creating 2460 new e-mail accounts in the process. With 4 sessions planned per week until voting closes on 11/11/11, they will amass an estimated 7000 votes in total for the campaign.

And in a show of true activism for the Vote for Table Mountain campaign, Whizz ICT Centre, headed by Tembinkosi Qondela, have also made a significant contribution by turning their facility in Khayelitsha into a voting station. This has allowed many Khayelitsha residents, and learners from schools including Nolungile Primary, to create their own e-mail accounts and become familiar with the Internet and vote online for free.

“The Outreach programs are an integral part of the Vote for Table Mountain campaign that enables us to leave a positive legacy behind,” said New7Wonders Campaign Manager Fiona Furey. “RLabs and Whizz are helping us reach the youth who do not have Internet access. When Table Mountain is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature (God willing) they will have a sense of ownership, knowing it is because they voted and made it happen.”

Table Mountain has a great chance of making it into the final 7, but the public need to continue voting as there are only a few weeks of the competition left.

To vote for Table Mountain SMS “Table” to 34874 at R2 an SMS, or visit, or vote via Mxit for only 20 cents. If you vote via SMS or Mxit, you can vote as many times as you like!

To vote for Table Mountain, SMS “table” to 34874, or visit


GROW Bootcamp with the Geeks June 29, 2011

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This has been an exciting week thus far. We are all out in Khayelitsha with the GROW Academy at the Bootcamp. The ‘recruits’ as they are called are quite excited and very interested in what they are being taught this week.

Today we have the experts from Woothemes showing the recruits how to get signed up onto WordPress. I have never seen so many smiley faces (actual smiles on faces) when the recruits realised that they were being taught by the best in the business of Web Design and Development.

Tomorrow we have SEO as the topic of the day!


Lock up or Lock Down? December 9, 2010

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Marlon Parker (founder of RLabs) has embarked on a very challenging task.

Read more on RLabs and Marlon Parker websites.


Accidental Billionaire… October 26, 2010

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Last night we had an opportunity to watch The Social Network at Ster Kinekor in Cavendish Square, Claremont. There has been many opinions and comments about this movie since the trailer was released earlier this year. As part of our daily work at RLabs is to tell people about Social Media and introduce them to various social networks, thus it was good to get the background and history of Facebook. Most of the people we train proclaim that Facebook is their favourite social network. We hope that all our trainees will set aside 2hours of their time to go and watch the movie.


RLabs on Memeburn

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Startup nominated for prestigious international social media award as per article published on Memeburm this morning.

When you’re working in a community that has been devastated by drug abuse and ravaged by social problems, then prestigious marketing awards probably seem a million miles away. But that is the strange position that Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs) finds itself in after being nominated in the category “Best Use of Mobile” in the first annual Bees Awards, which recognises outstanding work in the field of social media. Read more…

Source: Memeburn