Top 15 Young Geeks in South Africa


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Celebrating Young Talent

As South Africa live upon the vision 2030 of the Natioal Development Plan, it's important to grow the Digital Skills capacity.

During the Youth Month, Geekulcha will name and honor Top 15 Young Geeks in South Africa. These are the minds marking their stamp and playing a greater role in the Digital Revolution.



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The 2017 Top 15 Young Geeks

The Geeks who made the list for 2017 - the year of a Collaborative Digital Economy



Dineo Malatjie

Dineo Malatjie

[Cyber Security Intern, CSIR] - Dineo hails from Mpumalanga, initially came to Gauteng to study medicine but ended Computer Systems Engineering as her second preference in which she found something she have always been passionate about growing up , that being Machine learning/ Artificial Intelligence , Robotics and Electronics.

She also does software development, data analytics and develop IOT systems. Dineo is a Computer Systems Engineer by qualification.

Sihle Mabaleka

Sihle Mabaleka

[Android Facilitator, Code Tribe SA] - He considers himself an experiment of the digital age; living proof of concept of what the internet can create. Born of a teacher and clerk, Sihle, grew up with learning and writing around him. He had a curiosity about him - ahead of his time and always in trouble with his teachers over schoolwork. He never did much of it.

He was a smart kid that couldn't be tamed. He wasn't wild, he just never played ball with the norm. 'I love teaching, I love learning. I don't think there should be rules and limitation around it. '

Rebecca Franks

Rebecca Franks

[Android Engineering, Dynamic Visual Technologies] - Rebecca is the Android Engineering Lead at Dynamic Visual Technologies. She qualified cum laude from the University of Johannesburg in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) in Information Technology.

Since then she has worked at a few different companies developing their custom software solutions, such as DStv's On Demand Android App. She has also developed an Android app for Book Dash that contains free kids books.

Mazi Muhlari

Mazi Muhlari

[Mobile & Web Developer, Crunching Code] - Mazi Muhlari is a social entrepreneur. He builds technological solutions that strive to alleviate some of the social inequalities that we are exposed to in South Africa.

His main aim when building solutions is inclusion and making sure that my solutions are accessible by any citizen in our country via channels such as smartphones, USSD, sms, VOIP, etc.
A musician in his spare time and makes films

Lebogang Madise

Lebogang Madise

[Facilitator, mLab SA] - Lebo started off with developing apps targeting devices that run on the Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 platform where she acquired knowledge and skills that can be used in executing any software development project. Her primary role at the moment is that of a Facilitator and representative of mLab SA in the Western Cape region.

In 2015 she founded her own company and named it after her popular developer name, Fruitymo. FRUITYMO is an Edu-Tech company whose main focus areas are: Learn, Develop and Consult.

Reabetswe Bodiba

Reabetswe Bodiba

[Product Manager, Old Mutual] - Reabetswe (Rio) Bodiba was born and raised in Pretoria. He patented an invention for a universal remote that you can call with a cellphone at the age of 12, making him arguably the youngest person to register a patent in South Africa. (bitly.com/riosfamouspatent)

A few years later, through a suggestion from his Headmaster, Rio took an IQ test and was given the opportunity to skip 1.5 years of school, taking him from the end of Gr.8 to the middle of Gr.10.

Melvin Musehani

Melvin Musehani

[Founder and CEO, TheAppchemist] - Melvin Appchemy's charismatic CEO and co-founder. Having started coding at the age of 13, he became a professional software developer right after he completed high school.

With a victory of a few competitions and hackathons under his belt, Melvin is also a Nokia Developer Champion.

He enjoys Android and iOS development, but also publishes some Blackberry and Windows Phone apps.

Mokgadi Rasekgala

Mokgadi Rasekgala

[Fashion Designer, The Luxury Craft] - After completing her honours in Computer Science at Wits, attending a fashion popup event gave her tech side a new found passion in e-commerce specifically in the fashion space. She describes herself as a tech entrepreneur with a soft spot for fashion. Seeing the lack of assistance with the many social media brands selling on facebook and instagram, she made her first steps into the e-commerce space by designing an implementing an ecommerce platform which she then used to launch her own online store (theluxurycraft.com) which specialising in custom printed clothing. She also runs a company which manufactures clothing for a few brands in South Africa.

Thoko Miya

Thoko Miya

[Project Manager, GirlHype] - Thoko Miya is a Project Manager at Girlhype NPO, an organisation based at Look out Hill Khayelitsha in Cape Town. Girlhype teaches young women from the community of Khayelitsha coding, programming and mobile app development.

Rendani Nevhulaudzi

Rendani Nevhulaudzi

[Managing Director, Joren Communications] - Rendani Nevhulaudzi is 29 year old entrepreneur and founder of Joren Communications - a web development and design company based in Midrand Johannesburg. Rendani is passionate about crafting of great websites and this is the reason that led him to found his own company.

Sonwabile Sigenu

Sonwabile Sigenu

[Projects Manager, EWB UP] - Sonwabile Sigenu is a 21 year old final year Mechanical Engineering student, from Bloemfontein, and Projects Coordinator for Engineers Without Borders University of Pretoria (EWB-UP). He is also a mentor for UP students doing their community engagement projects through the phenomenal JCP module.

Has been involved in community engagement since his schooling years and has now grown into a driver of community engagement, most especially in the township of Mamelodi, Pretoria, through several initiatives and organisations.

Regina Kgatle

Regina Kgatle

[CEO, Educare] - Cleverly disguising educational content in arcade-style games, Regina Kgatle is blurring the boundaries between learning and play.

Her company, Educade, offers a selection of games that are suitable for the national curriculum, and each game is housed in an Educational Arcade Machine made from e-waste and other recycled materials.

Sizwe Mngadi

Sizwe Mngadi

[Founder/CEO, Megadose] - He is the founder of a tech startup named MegaDose, An Effortless Online Marketing & M-Commerce Platform positioning itself as becoming one of the top local online commerce gateways, providing our clients with the convenience of having an online marketplace at their fingertips which is based at mLab within The Innovation Hub.

Nkululeko Tunzi

Nkululeko Tunzi

[General Manager, COO] - An inventor from ekasi, Soweto. Nkuleleko is a final year student from the Tshwane University of Technology with a great interest in electronics systems development. He has attended various hackathons creating solutions that matters for the community.

While studying on campus, Nkuleleko led the Enginnering Without Boarders on campus which had been active in empowering communities, espcially the youth.

Pivendren Naik

Pivendren Naik

[Most Valued Professional, Microsoft] - Born and raised in Durban, a product of the local public schools. studied Electronic Engineering: Computer System. He would like to think of himself as the average Geek just with 4x more caffeine pumping in his system.

He has always been fascinated by technology and science, recalls taking over his parent's library cards because he always wanted to borrow more books than he could on his junior card at the time. Priven considers himself lucky to be introduced to programming at school, at the time it was a new subject just introduced.

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You can nominate yourself or someone you think deserve to be on the Geekulcha list of #Top15YoungGeeks in South Africa.

Let's celebrate and showcase African tech talent.

Nominations Deadline: 30 April 2018
Day of Honor: 02 June 2018

The Honours
Besides having the title of being one of the top young Geeks in the country, the Geeks will receive framed certificates, a cool mug, featured on articles(individual feature) and being on digital wall of fame.

Judges: The panel consists of the Geekulcha EXCO team, Raeketsetsa, GKSS Chairpersons and 3 Industry leaders.

Inquiries: dev@geekulcha.com

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