Ladies having some fun
Geeky Moms October 29, 2011
GROW Bootcamp with the Geeks June 29, 2011
Tags: academy, bootcamp, grow, RLabs, social media, woothemes, wordpress
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!
RLabs on Memeburn October 26, 2010
Tags: article, bees awards, Memeburn, RLabs, social media
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…
She’s the Geek wins! September 28, 2010
Tags: sa blogawards, science and technology, social media, woman
We are so proud of She’s the Geek for winning best Science and Technology Blog at the SA Blog Awards 2010 held on Saturday evening at the One & Only Hotel in the Waterfront. It was a memorable night, not only because the SA Blog Awards pulled out all the stops but because the top bloggers in South Africa were all together in one room.
The nominees were buzzing with excitement and glad to finally put a face to the online persona that many have only seen. It’s a bit strange to form a bond and relationship with someone via social media and only communicate using that medium for a long time, then to see them in person and not know how to act. It is a pleasant surprise when they are the same online as offline. But that’s all part of the beauty of social media!
The question was asked: what’s next for She’s the Geek? Well we just have to follow and keep up with her to find out!
Saturday, Mom3.0 Cafe Session August 28, 2010
Tags: moms, social media, technology, women
The women braved the weather. It was pouring down with rain and very cold, yet the women came from far and near not to miss out on the class.
The atmosphere was filled with excitement as we had 3 new women joining the cafe session. Todays’ session was focused on Vlogging. 3 new YouTube videos were uploaded and the women created their own YouTube accounts.
A group decision was made to have cafe sessions weekly until graduation. The group is very excited and wanting to learn and experience everything about Social Media and Social Networks. Now we as facilitators need to stay up to date and keep trying out new social media tools.
Here are some pics of the session this morning and links to the videos.
A Saturday Morning at #RLabs July 3, 2010
Tags: blogging, citizen journalism, Etv, imojourn, JamiiX, moms, RLabs, social media, tech report, technology
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.
Introducing JamiiX: From the Cape Flats with Love June 3, 2010
Tags: innovation, Instant Messengers, ISLabs, JamiiX, mxit, RLabs, SAFIPA, Silicon Cape, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, social media
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
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.
Punish the deed not the ‘breed’ April 8, 2010
Tags: breed, deed, hope, news, optimistic, politicians, social media, social networks, twitter, youtube
I have been following the news today and my oh my what a state we find ourselves in. We have politicians making statements, accusations and even losing their tempers. I happened to watch a video on YouTube that I found hilarious and disturbing at the same time. I have followed the Twitter streams and was quite intrigued by the various comments, statements and links people have shared. Social Media is such a powerful tool and we have it at our finger tips.
I have been told that I am an optimist, and today I remain optimistic about our future and how we face challenges or just life in general. Let us not punish each other but punish the deed! Our actions do speak louder than words and as we continue hopping from one social network to the next remember to share a message of hope and show consideration to each other no matter what our ‘breed’.
Embrace, Enjoy and Make it! April 3, 2010
Tags: faceted, multi, skilled, social media, task, tools, women
Woke up this morning to a bit of inspiration zinging through my head. For me that just means that my sub conscious has a few ideas of it’s own and it’s slowly filtering through into my conscious. I started ‘putting pen to paper’ or finger to screen in my case.
I’m working on a post that might change the way you view your mobile device for ever. The first draft is done, just a bit more research needed and testing completed before it can be shared publicly.
Even though we as women are quite capable of multi-tasking and being multi-skilled and multi-faceted all at the same time; but with social media there are many tools, choices and options that even for us women it can be overwhelming and daunting at times. But like everything else in life we embrace it and make it our own!
So to all women reading this – enjoy the social media space, all tecnologies out there and of course just be yourself and make it your own.
Unconventional Blogging Talk March 22, 2010
Tags: blogging, ladies, Letz chat with Mel, lounge, Marlon Parker, RLabs, social media, talk show, women
Last week Wednesday, the talk show titled Let’z chat with Mel on the Series channel on DSTV had an interesting show. It was about women and technology.
I was quite excited to watch the show for two reasons:
1) I have heard quite a few talks or presentations on blogging but have never seen it on TV and a South African show. Very advanced for South African media and unconventional for a talk show.
2) The second reason is that one of the guests on the show was none other than Marlon Parker who is the director of RLabs, a community organisation based on Cape Flats. One of their initiatives is a project called Mom3.0, that teaches women how to use social media to make a change in their communities by using blogging in particular. He did an actual step by step presentation showing the viewers how easy it is to create their own blogs.
Madam Geek is proud to be associated with RLabs and all the women of Mom2.0 and Mom3.0. What an innovative initiative.
Exciting times ahead ladies!
This blog post was written and uploaded from my mobile. The pics were taken during the show while I was lounging on the couch. Wow, never knew blogging could be this easy!