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Interview with Ethel Marsh,one of our Social and New Media participants

Your invite to the RLabs Grand Opening


RLabs have moved into a new space and we are excited to share the space and our vision with you. We are hosting a Grand Opening event on 17 February and would like to invite you to join us for this exciting occasion as we unveil the new RLabs in Cape Town. The event details are as follows:

Date: 17 February 2011
Time: 18h00 – 20h00
Venue: RLabs, 66 Tarentaal Road, Bridgetown

We would like to give you the RLabs community the opportunity to be part of this Grand Opening. All you have to do is leave a comment below indicating that you will attend and we look forward hosting you at one of the most exciting Social Innovation Spaces in Africa.

GIVING Social Media Training and GAINING so much more

The beginning of 2011 has been a busy, but very exciting time for RLabs moving into the new space.  As “the dust is beginning to settle” we have had our first Social Media training with the GivenGain Foundation, a non-profit organization regulated by the Swiss Department of Home Affairs. GivenGain have been providing businesses and organisations in various vertical markets with the state- of – the – art web applications integrated with the on – demand payment processing.

When GivenGain train up their clients how to use the GivenGain system they also have a social media session and show their clients can best utilise social media  promote their causes.  Because RLabs specialises in social media we have agreed to work with GivenGain and do all their social media sessions and training with their clients for them. This is a good start to the year and we are looking forward to doing more training sessions in our new space.

Bokkie lands in the UK (Southhampton)

Bokkie’s Europe  Tour has brought him to  the shores of Southhampton,UK. He arrived here with Sheila and I met up with him at her home. I have not met Bokkie in person before but since I have I find it difficult to go anywhere without him. Bokkie has indicated that after his lockup in Cape Town he would love to go out and see more of Southhampton. So me and the rest of the guys decided that we would take Bokkie out on the town and show him around a bit. Bokkie will also be travelling with Jason and myself to Salisbury,Redhill and Guildford all cities within the UK.

Watch this space for more of Bokkie’s travels

Class of 2010 Social Media for Social Change Graduation

It was a great experience and witnessing how lives was reconstructed during the year’s Social Media for Social Change  activities. People from  different backgrounds and ages  came to join this years session. It was wonderful to see how some of these graduates started their own blogs and even starting their own business with the skills they have acquired during the sessions.  This year we had 35 graduates in total from the Mom3.0 andReconstructed session.

Bloggers  of year:

Gary SaaimanMelanie Willie and Melissa Johnson - They were the most active on the Blogosphere and started their own blogs.

Micro Bloggers of the year:

Megan Hickley and Wendy Jefferies – These two ladies were the most active on the micro blogging platform. The team put Megan to a challenge she had to get 1000 tweets within  3 day but she did it in 7 days.

Social Media Enthusiast:

Vanessa Martin and Porchia Johnson - These two ladies came into our sessions not knowing anything about Social Media as they journeyed through we saw their growth and how to use Social Media to the max.

Social Media Socialite:

Jackie Biggs – Social Media Socialite was the Grand Prize Jackie Biggs was the most active and using all forms of Social Media  tools that she has learned during the sessions. There was nothing that  kept her from missing a class, with the prizes that she received and what she has learned will definitely be a endeavor worth keeping an eye on.

Well done to all the graduates of class 2010. Check out the pics of the graduation here

Source: http://rlabs.org

Selection of speakers at EuroAfrica-ICT

EuroAfrica-ICT.org project website | Euro-African Cooperation on ICT Research

Things are going well here at the conference and there are lots of talks happening at the moment. We had gone quite an impressive panel of speakers and was good to see someone from the World Bank here as well,Laurent Besancon ,ICT Sector Coordinator for the Africa region. We had a lovely lunch and had a lovely time of networking.Things are looking good here and i am enjoying the experience.Will keep you guys updated as to how things are progressing.

Day 1 of the 3rd Africa – Euro Cooperation Forum on ICT in Helsinki,Finland

Conference room slowly filling up

This morning I am at the 3rd Africa – Euro Cooperation Forum on ICT in Helsinki, Finland. I will be doing a talk tomorrow about how we as RLABS are best transferring  innovation on a Grass Roots level. There are delegates and participants from all over Europe and Africa and will be sharing what they are doing in the respective capacities.

I will be speaking about what we are doing at RLABS and how we are using not just Social Media but a lot of Innovation to transform the lives of drug addicts and a community in tension.

Read up more about the conference here.

Departure(Cape Town) and Arrival (Heathrow)

The day and time had finally come where I had to board my plane and head off to the UK and Finland. This was my first time abroad so I did not know what to expect of the long 18 hour flight that lay ahead of me. I had a lovely send off from my family, the team of RLABS and the Impact Centre. This was also the first time I boarded such a massive aeroplane and luckily for me I was seated up in front just behind the business class so the space I was in had  a bit more room leg than the rest of the other seats.

I had a 12 hour flight to Dubai and then a 6 hour connecting flight from Dubai to Heathrow airport. I can’t say that being in the air for so long was much fun but it definitely was an experience. After more than 18 hours I finally arrived in London, Heathrow and had to go through customs which I was told is never a god experience. However God was with me and as they drilled me the customs officer told me that he could see that I am here to do good. That was amazing as these guys are never that warm and receptive. He asked me what type of work it is that I do and I told him briefly what we are doing at Impact Centre and at RLABS. He kindly told me to keep up the good work and have a god stay in the UK. That is the God that I am serving. Amazing!!

I was picked up by Toby and his wife Alex with whom I was going to be living for the next 3 days. Oh, what a lovely couple they are and how warmly they have welcomed me into their home. We did a bit of catching up and then it was time for me to take a nap as I have had almost zero sleep since I have started my journey. I woke up 3 hours late to the smell of lovely steak pie and veggies and we all had a lovely dinner along with one of the residents, RACHEL that is currently living with Toby and his wife. That was an amazing first meal in the UK and after all the bellies was filled it was decided that we were going to have a relaxing evening and chill with a movie or two. We ended up watching the movie Wimbledon on this massive projector screen (one of Toby’s many gadgets) .I did not last very long though as I was still very tired of the flight. I was informed that Justin whom had visited us in Cape Town a couple of weeks ago was going to pick me up the next morning to take me around and hang out. So exited to go and spend time in the snow with the rest of the guys.

Will keep you guys updated.

Breaking news!!!

About a month ago received the best news ever from Marlon and Rene Parker, the founding members of RLABS. They recently asked me if I would like to attend a conference in Helsinki, Finland. At first I thought it was a joke but I did not see Rene laughing or smiling and was actually waiting on me to give to give her answer. My answer was naturally yes as I have never been abroad, but also this would be good for RLABS and for my own personal growth. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I praise God for availing this to me.

Not only did they ask me to attend the conference but also visit some of the churches in the UK seeing that I was in Europe and it would be such a waste to just be out there for the 4 days for the conference. So it was decided that I was going to be in the UK for at least a month. This all came as a surprise to me and it can only be the hand of God at work. You see God does not work in a hurry but He works fast. So I will go forth and bring all glory and praise unto Him as a vessel for HIS work.

Knight News Challenge

If you have an innovative media technology idea, you might be able to get funding from the Knight News Challenge contest.

Run by the Knight Foundation, the grant competition awards up to $5 million annually for innovative projects that use digital technology to transform the way communities send, receive and make use of news and information.

More info can be found . The site includes application information, as well as details about past winners.

This year’s application deadline is December 1. The News Challenge is looking for applications in four categories: mobile, authenticity, sustainability and community. All projects must make use of digital technology to distribute news in the public interest.

The contest is open to anyone in the world.

A simple description of the project is all you need to apply. Submit a brief pitchhere. If the reviewers like it, you’ll be asked to submit a full proposal later.

If you have questions you can a) reference the FAQ, or; b) check the archivedchat transcript (another live chat will be held on November 18 at 1:30 EST).

You can follow Knight Foundation on twitter. The News Challenge Twitter hashtag is #knc

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