“Reverse” Digital Hustle – 27th Aug
Story Posted: 16 August 2015
Growing on the Digital Hustle: Innovation and Creativity in the Digital World developed with British Council Connect ZA, in partnership with Livity Africa. Digital Hustles are a series of conversations, gatherings and activities with industry professionals and entrepreneurs to bring awareness to digital skills and creativity.
With this “Reverse” Digital Hustle, Fak’ugesi Resident Jepchumba; art and technology curator Irini Papadimtriou and IsoBar & NowLab South Africa’s Kerry Friend, lead an event that will creatively hustle YOU to engage the digital future of Johannesburg.
If you a digital designer, developer, entrepreneur or really just interested in the digital futures of Johannesburg, join this amazing team of digital and creative professionals to explore, navigate and interpret digital technologies for Johannesburg’s Future. You will be evolving ideas and creating paper prototype for the digital futures.
Venue: Wits Art Museum, Corner of Bertha and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein
Time: Thurs 27th Aug @ 17:30
Registration: Please register here.
More about the guest facilitators:
Jepchumba has been listed by Forbes as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012 and in theGuardian Africa’s Top 25 Women Achievers. A cultural ambassador, Jepchumba is the Founder and Creative Director of African Digital Art, a collective and creative space where digital artists, enthusiasts and professionals can seek inspiration, showcase their artistry and connect with emerging artists. Jepchumba is dedicated to promoting the growth of the creative technology in Africa. Originally from Kenya, she has lived, travelled and spoken around the world promoting her commitment to creativity, art and technology. An African digital artist she is passionate about creating unique digital experiences. She loves experimenting with motion, sound and various digital effects and techniques and has an extensive background in digital art, web design and development, audio/visual production and user interface and user experience design.
www.africandigitalart.com & www.futurelabafrica.org
Irini Papadimitriou is Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans, an arts organisation presenting innovative work and supporting artists working with technology, where she is curating the exhibition programme and an annual digital performance festival.
Irini is also Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A, mainly responsible for programmes such as the annual Digital Design Weekend: a big-scale event of interactive installations, open & collaborative workshops, artists’ presentations and talks, showing digital art and design projects and offering audiences the opportunity to meet the artists & makers and explore processes. She is also one of the organisers for London’s Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire, a day of making, learning, inventing and tinkering.
www.watermans.org.uk & www.vam.ac.uk
Kerry Friend currently heads up the NowLab innovation programme at Isobar, a global digital marketing agency, and is part of the collective, Create Africa, who produce cultural events focused on the intersection between culture and technology.
Over the years she has played host to a number of hackathons to encourage people from cultural disciplines to work together with technologists and create projects around various themes. These themes ranged from ‘hacks for children’, ‘What is the Future Sound of Mzansi?”, to more pertinent topics like ‘Living Off Grid’. Her latest NowLab and Create Africa project is centred around bringing collaborators together in the areas of grassroots education, maker culture and technology, to develop an Early Childhood Development Programme, which will be piloted in the Eastern Cape.
This project has been supported by the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and the British Council.
The “Reverse” Digital Hustle is part of the British Council Connect ZA’s InnovationZA 2015