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Future GeekStars

Youth ICT and Business Vacation Work Programme

Simulated working experience

Tech Innovation and Leadership

Preparing The Future

Getting Ahead

The future of South Africa's Geekulcha depends on us all. We have a collective duty to build a sustainable and an impactful Geek Culture that responds to the needs of our Smart Growing World.
 

When the future generation asks us what did we do to prepare for their future, we will show them this.

Dr Mclean Sibanda

The VacWork programme is now currently in 5 provinces in South Africa and Geekulcha wishes to expand the national footprint. Be part of the journey.

Editions Around The Country


Eastern Cape

0 editions

Free State

0 editions

Gauteng

26 editions

KwaZulu-Natal

1 edition

Limpopo

3 editions

Mpumalanga

4 editions

North West

0 editions

Northern Cape

4 editions

Western Cape

0 editions

Grooming Tomorrow's Leaders, Today.

Future GeekStars is an initiative that was officially launched 06 October 2014 at The Innovation Hub. It is used as a platform to monitor the progression of learners from high school to tertiary level and then to the job market so that the transition is made easy.

The main focus is on skills development and fostering entrepreneurship and innovation that will make them be active leaders of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry.

Technology

Technology

Getting an industry head start
Innovation

Innovation

Social, Civic and Inclusive solutions
Working Experience

The #gkVacWork Programme

Geekulcha VacWork (#gkVacWork) is an annual vacation skills development programme that brings together about 50 high school pupils to learn about IT, with a specific focus on mobile app development, Web development, and entrepreneurship skills. It aims to encourage youth to venture into the ICT field to increase work opportunities within the industry.

Geekulcha is promoting the concept of developing software that it `secure by design’. When presenting their solution, the coding teams will have to explain how they integrated security in the software development lifecycle and how they plan to address possible vulnerabilities.

Register for #gkVacWork
 



 
 

#gkVacWork

#gkVacWork In Numbers

 

33

Editions

 

1150

Scholars

 

188

Projects

 

5

Provinces

 
 

The VacWork Focus Areas


Career Alignment

55%

Innovation Development

97%

STEM Excitation

100%

Knowledge Transfer

89%
Why Future GeekStars was created

Key Mandate of Future GeekStars

Class

Enlightenment

Exposure to the world of Technology and tools used to build solutions.

Class

Socially-Relevent

To build solutions that enhances social, civic, ecducational and economic goals.

Class

Future Forecast

Exploring and building solutions that helps mankind prepare for the future.

 

Key Objectives of the #gkVacWork


 

#1

Future Proof

To channel and equip future leaders with skills that will help build tomorrow.

 
 
 
 
 
 

#2

Skills Redistribution

To enable local youth be responsible for each others' digital growth.

 
 

#3

Involved Transformation

To get the future invloved in building the future they want to see.

 
 
 
 
 
 

#4

Thoughts Hub

To gather thoughts on which direction our Smart Growing World should take.

 
 

#5

Entrepreneurship

To install the spirit and channel impactful youth business mindset.

 
 
 

 
 

The Cycle of Development

Desired Goals by Geekulcha

Redistribution
GKSS Leaders impart skills gained onto other students and members of the society.
Realisation
Building interest and exposing students to exciting industry opportunities.
Acquirement
Keeping up with the shifts, planning and forecasting developmental angles
Growth Path
Ensuring that students get to know and work with emerging technologies.
Utilisation
Building socially-relevant solutions that create a direct impact for all.
Industrial Exposure
Working with industry partners in enabling guidance, standards and tools.




 

Future GeekStars Light Moments

 

 
Exam Paper

Featured on exam paper

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Atlanta Mayor Visit

Checking out the work

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MapIT Internship

Mapping challenge winners

The Ecosystem

Associated Programmes

Initiatives that help support the vacWork programme around the country.

Work With Geekulcha
 
Fab Lab

Geekulcha Student Society

 

Part of their STEM mandate is to co-host and champion the VacWork programme around them.

Fab Lab

Youth Innovaiton FabLab

 

A programme by the City of Tshwane and The Innovation Hub drive youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

SkateHacks

SkateHacks Initiative

 

Putting tech onto Skateboards to make them smart for Data Analytics and improvement.

Bloodhound Supersonic Car

 

VacWork Kalahari hosted in line with the super rocket car for STEM exctitation.

National Science Week

National Science Week

 

Annual South African National Science Week to build more interest into Science and Technology.

Info Security for Teenangers

 

Through the SafeHack initiative, the scholars are challenged to build with security in mind.


 

Partners

GKSS Support