The Geeks who made the list for 2018 - the year of a Geek Culture of Sustainable Innovation
Mabu Manaileng was born and raised at a village called Ga-Masemola in the Sekhukhune district of Limpopo. He obtained his M.Sc. in computer science focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) from University of Limpopo — Turfloop Campus.
Mabu is a full time geek who is either coding, reading books or watching MOOCs.
He enjoys reading non-fiction, biographies and history - citing Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari as one of his favourite reads.
Mabu touched a computer for the first time when he got to university and has been fascinated since. 'In my first year, I literally slept in the lab. I just couldn't believe that anything could be as fascinating as a PC'.
He has since been pursuing research in AI and machine learning as he seeks to unlock its potential in changing Africa, the world and everything else.
Josiah Thobejane is a 19-year old young man whose main interest is technology. As of 2018 he is a second year Software Development student at Rosebank College.
He has created dozens of apps since Grade 11 including a Messenger app launched in 2017, a Music platform well-known as Audiostreamify co-founded with his friend, Donald Pakkies, and his most well known app, Taxi Math App.
Hlulani Baloyi is a Digital analyst(Full stack developer),working for a consulting firm. She graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology in 2014 with a Diploma in Information and Communication Technology (majoring on Technical applications).
Joined Geekulcha and soon realized that there is a gap between males and females in the ICT sector. She started doing research and came across Girl Rising.
She is now the ambassador for this global initiative and helps teach women how to code and helps tackle the gender gap.
Under the same umbrella she then co-founded an women in Tech organization called Raeketsetsa(we are doing it ourselves) which focuses on sustaining young women who are already in the tech-space.
In 2014 she became an Intel Ambassador for their #SheWillConnect initiative which is designed to help women allover becoming computer literate.
Thinker of Deep Thoughts - Coffee addict, beer and wine connoisseur, gamer and lover of all things Tech. Gary grew up in East London and started his career out as a Data Capturer. He quickly worked his way in to a position as a Data Analyst and relocated to Johannesburg in 2012.
He then continued to work with SQL as an integrity analyst and report writer until 2015.
In 2016, he took a break and went to work in Dubai but my passion for I.T brought him back. In 2017, he was one of the winners of the AB InBev HackTheWorld Competition and from that win Lunar Web Development was born.
Arnaud Mukenge Kim Chulu Amina is an entrepreneur in technology & a lecturer in User Experience & Graphic Design. Founder of Kimard Studio, in 2014, which focuses on consulting in Gamification, User Experience design and build internal game products for education as well as entertainment.
Arnaud was born in the DRC, completed his Cum Laude degree in South Africa in Multimedia, specializing in Gamification for educational content. He has won a few competitions including the Nasa Space Apps Challenge in the people's choice challenge for South Africa twice, and the Gamification for social good in Ethiopia in 2015 which certified him by GIZ in gamification.
He is currently living in South Africa and running Kimard Studio and sharing knowledge at Pearson Institute as a lecturer.
Also enjoys discussing about technology and the possibilities of always not having boundaries when developing an idea.
He runs the Unity 3D Africa User Group allowing communication between unity and their community in Africa.
Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers in May 2017, Gift worked as a SAPS junior commissioner for two years where he specialized in crime prevention and investigation.
Gift did actuarial research for ASABA where he derived donor equity fund models for financial inclusion in southern Africa. He helped to promote awareness and involvement in initiatives for financial inclusion that are relevant to the actuarial profession such as data analytics for SAMF and IMO mentoring.
Gift lectured Advanced Mathematics and Statistics at Turning Point Tutors for 2 years prior from joining PwC.
Gift also specialises in information security, robotic process automation, security architecture, vulnerability assessments and penetration testing. He has won various hackathon including the PwC information security hackathon, The CSIR data science challenge, The Telkom heckathon,The Marabele Business Club challenge , African Institute of Mathematical Sciences summer school programming challenge.
He went to Jinan University in China working on supercomputing models. He is currently partaking in BrainBar European most innovative festival, contributing to Brandlive radio, a vociferous Radio 702 interviewee. Currently doing academic research while studying Agricultural Engineering in Budapest.
An Entrepreneur & Business Analyst with experience across Business Analysis, Technology Solution Consulting, Project Management, Small Business Advisory, Training & Development and Commercial Property Maintenance. He is passionate about people, technology, finance & entrepreneurship.
Tyler is one of the winners of the AB InBev Hack the World Johannesburg competition. He is hard working and has the ability to think on his feet and turn anything he touches into something innovative. In short he, is Lunar Web Development (Pty) Ltd's programming God!
Pertunia grew up in Polokwane, Limpopo and graduated with a Bcom(IT) degree from the University of the Free State in Bloemdivein.Currently a Technical Engineer at SQS Group.
During her 3 years in the software development space her primary focus was on leveraging skills gained in order to develop sustainable solutions within her communities.
With a burning entrepreneurial spirit, her greatest passion is using technology to solve socio-economic problems such as lack of education.
The Software Development and Multimedia graduate from the University of Pretoria student came up with the idea of creating the dictionary after he found it difficult to get Xitsonga words on Google and other search engines while doing a research project.
Dumela was born and raised in Nyavani, a rural village in Malamulele, Limpopo, and has a multimedia degree.
Born on the 1st of January 1999 and raised by my grandmother till the age of 6, Moses moved to Gauteng to live with his uncle in 2006, that's the year he was introduced to a PC. He then gained love and found the art and beauty of a it. Did his high school grades at Bokgoni technical secondary school, located in the city of Tshwane.
Motivated by the movie 'the social network' to gain interest in the world of ICT. Then a company by the name of introduced me to the world of artificial intelligence, little did they know how much love he has for ICT, in followed every event they host, though was always the youngest with his best friend Njabulo Sibiya. won a couple of vacworks and hackathons.
He strived harder where there's hunger and right now am facing the hunger of learning more and engaging more in the core of ICT, be someone that kids can look up to and say 'He didn't wait any longer, he found a way of building up his career on his own, and I want to do the same.'
Frannest Toll is a 20 year old Information Technology student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He also a Network marketer as well as a cryptocurrency investor.
He's implementing a program where he wants to get the youth of my area into programming. He always had a passion for the Information Technology industry and believes that he'll become one of the leaders in this industry.
He will persue his doctorate of Information Technology.
Henry took his first step by attending Hackathon while in Grade 10 in the Northern Cape. Once you made the first step, everything will be clear for you.
He always pushed his limit, to reach another level as a Geek through technologies such as AI, IoT, Robot, and software, to apply them in real life.
Phathutshedzo Khabubu, a co-founder of the startups called Open Kasi and The Plug Social Platform, most importantly he is a developer by passion but the most interesting part of that he has learnt how to build software through platforms like youtube, Microsoft Virtual Academy and applied his skills through programs that Geekulcha offers.
A well preserved young man, prides himself in doing his work to his utmost abilities. He always push himself to the ultimate limit when it comes to school work. Mzwakhe has fully dedicated himself to try his best to ensure that he helps his fellow peers to achieve. He at times like to treat the ladies with extra special attention because he believes that we need more female achievers in our country.
The Geeks who made the list for 2017 - the year of a Collaborative Digital Economy
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.
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 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 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
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 (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 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.
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.
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 is a 21 year old final year Mechanical Engineering student, from Bloemdivein, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.