Month: February 2010

Using Social Media to teach Life skills

Using Social Media to teach Life skills

Every second week we will be hosting a group of school girls for the introduction to social media and the various tools on the World Wide Web. The social media classes forms part of their life skills for the year. These sessions are facilitated by 2009 mom2.0 graduate Rae Goedeman. Rae is a widow from …

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COFISA closing conference Presentation

COFISA closing conference Presentation

Below you can find an earlier version of the COFISA conference I’ve attended. This is a few months old but provide you with the basic idea of what was presented at the conference. CPUT Research Day Showcase View more presentations from Marlon Parker.

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Mobile Innovation for Social Change

Mobile Innovation for Social Change

There has been an increase demand for reaching emerging markets using technology (ICT4D initiatives). No other technology like the mobile phone have the reach of impacting people on a large scale as required in these markets. With most emerging countries (African Mobile Access and Usage)having high mobile penetration, there is a need for more mobile …

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Social Media for Job Readiness

Social Media for Job Readiness

Today learners from Hanover Park came for Social Media training with RLabs that will be hosted over the next 2 days. Ten learners who are in need of job readiness skills were introduced to basic social media skills, email, Google Docs, information searching and gathering, filesharing sites, blogging and micro-blogging. This is a continuous effort …

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Mobile Counselling for High Schools in the Western Cape

Mobile Counselling for High Schools in the Western Cape

This morning a number of the RLabs team went to schools across the Western Cape to share the Mobile Counselling service with the learners. These roadshows are part of a RLabs project to support children at risk who are impacted by substance abuse and who are at risk. This initiative is support by a number …

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Social Media and Geeky Moms

Social Media and Geeky Moms

Yesterday we launched the second year of our Mom 2.0 programme where we teach women from our community (Buzz at RLabs above)how to use Social Media to share stories, local news and to connect with other women globally. This year’s programme will be different in we will not just explore various Social Media technologies but …

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The Use of Mobile Phones as a banking tool in South African Prisons

The Use of Mobile Phones as a banking tool in South African Prisons

Over the past few years mobile banking and reaching the unbanked have proved to be invaluable to the African Economy. Payment products such as M-Pesa have proved to be popular in countries such as Kenya but yet to be adopted in the South African context. However, with hundreds of thousands in South African prisons it …

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Mobile Counselling reaches new heights

Mobile Counselling reaches new heights

After 6 weeks of distributed mobile counselling for learners at schools who are in need of support with the problem of substance abuse, MoCo (Our Mobile Counselling service) have reached a thousand users with an average of 20 users being supported in 4 hours. The service is a clear indication that organisations who wish to …

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Mobile Developers for Social Good

Mobile Developers for Social Good

Only 5 weeks away to one of Cape Town’s most exciting Mobile events to date, its the official launch of the Betavine Social Exchange Cape Town Developer Day. This will be a great opportunity for local mobile developers to develop relevant localised solutions for communities in need of specialised mobile solutions. With such a great …

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RLabs on the Digital Edge Podcast

RLabs on the Digital Edge Podcast

Thanks to the excellent team at The Digital Edge who showcased The Story of the Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) in their show today. The Digital Edge is hosted by Saul Kropman and Jarred Cinman and is a weekly podcast brought to you by Cambrient which will expose its listeners to the inner workings of digital …

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