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Geekulcha Student Society 2020 Awards finalists announced

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For the second year, Geekulcha will be hosting the Geekulcha Student Society (GKSS) awards to recognise student leaders and some of the most noteworthy projects developed in the past year by `geeks’.

Themed ‘Student and tech innovation leadership amid COVID-19’, the awards will honour the GKSS leaders who have assisted fellow students in navigating their academic and career prospects during the lockdown.

Over 30 GKSS chapters have been launched across the country’s nine provinces, with plans to grow the number to 50 and encourage industry inclusivity by opening more chapters in rural FET colleges.

“With so much imbalance in the ICT sector, we believe it’s up to us to build industry leadership values right from tertiary level,” says Geekulcha COO Tiyani Nghonyama. “It’s a collective responsibility to build the next generation of captains of industry.”

In recognising the value of partnerships, Geekulcha will also honour outstanding lecturers, mentors and industry partners*.

GKSS is aimed at getting tertiary students into tech leadership roles at campus level and enabling an understanding of the evolving digital environment.

Each chapter’s top six executive committee is required to reflect a gender balance, include a tech and innovation manager (who leads the utilisation of Geekulcha partner technologies) and a first-year student who will be groomed for a position of higher leadership.

Geekulcha will also use the awards to outline the GKSS mandate for 2021, which highlights industry readiness for GKSS leaders.

Winners will be announced on 2 December. Register here to attend the online ceremony.

Public voting for the awards closes on 20 November; public votes account for 30% of the total score and will be added to the judges' 70%.

Finalist Institution Role
Best GKSS Female Leader
Yolanda Mabusela Vaal University of Technology Deputy Chairperson
Amantle Mashele Belgium Campus Chairperson
Batlile Motuku Tshwane Uni. of Tech Social Media Manager
Thando Moyo Rosebank College Executive Committee
Naomi Bisimwa UNISA Chairperson
Christine Bisimwa UNISA Deputy Chairperson
Best Industry/Gov Mentor
Lenah Kitenge HERE Technologies Snr. Community Development Analyst
Steve Jump Custodient Founder / Director
Clint Leander HERE Technologies Business Development Manager
Paul Plantinga Human Sciences Research Council Research Specialist
Best Industry Partner
ITWeb / Brainstorm ITWeb / Brainstorm Magazine Business Tech News
HERE Technologies South Africa HERE Technologies Location Services
Human Sciences Research Council Human Sciences Research Council Data and Policy
Centre for Public Service Innovation The Centre for Public Service Innovation Public Sector Innovation
Best Project/Startup Created
Reportica GKSS-BC The idea is to incentivise consumers into saving water. The incentive will be in the form of issuing the consumers with a calculated discounted bus trip in correlation with the amount of water saved over a specified period.<br/>The aim of this idea is to not only encourage more people to make a conscious effort in trying to stay below the maximum water usage permitted in each household but to also encourage the use of regulated public transport which will aid in reduction of air pollution.
Edu Stack GKSS-SPU Learners will get their questions answered next time they meet face-to-face with the teacher. In turn this will assist the teacher to understand how the learner engages with the content. For learners, video group chat is still in the works. This will encourage team building and working in groups.
Re-Invent Students GKSS-RC A student platform for up-skilling and exposure to opportunities amidst Covid-19 to ensure that the students are not left behind.
Buddy Blog GKSS-TUT A web system "Buddy Blog" which allows students to make catching up with school work fun.
S.H.E GKSS-UNISA S.H.E is an educational and interactive solution made to educate women and children on GBV, how to take action, find and ask for help.
Best GKSS Chapter of 2020
GKSS-UNISA-Florida University of South Africa Leaders of GKSS UNISA Pretoria chapter have been winning various hackathons and have motivated more students to take part in order to apply what’s learned in the classroom.
GKSS-BC Belgium Campus As a student, you need to know what’s out there in the industry. This GKSS chapter at Belgium campus has created learning platforms to enlighten students on best industry practices and methods.
GKSS-TUT Tshwane University of Technology Whether it was the Red Bull challenge or NASA’s Space Apps challenge, the GKSS TUT chapter ensured that its students were competing on a global stage.
GKSS-Waterberg Waterberg College In a mission to shape the Limpopo tech ecosystem, GKSS Waterberg chapter ensures that they bring their A-game in life changing technologies.
GKSS-NWU North West University Driving inclusive growth, this GKSS chapter ensures that female ICT students work in an enabling environment to assert their role in the sector
GKSS-VUT Vaal University of Technology From mapping intelligence to industry opportunities, GKSS-VUT ensures that students stay ahead with tools, participation and guidance from the industry.
GKSS-RC Rosebank College On a mission to see students build tech solutions with security in mind, this GKSS chapter strived on driving information security skills for the smart industry.
GKSS-SPU Sol Plaatje University A single university that has been dominating participation numbers at hackathons, GKSS-SPU is focused on ensuring that students develop what matters with open source tools.
GKSS-CUT Central University of Technology Built environment focused, GKSS-CUT is on a mission to ensure that students are able to use theory from class to innovatie for the smart growing world.
GKSS Leader of the Year - Announced by Dr Mclean Sibanda
Yolanda Mabusela GKSS-VUT Deputy Chairperson
Moses Mhlwana GKSS-TUT Chairperson
Amantle Mashele GKSS-BC Chairperson
Katlego Motaung GKSS-RC Chairperson
Melvin Kisten GKSS-SPU Chairperson
Nick Thobenjane GKSS-Waterberg Chairperson
Koketso Moseothata GKSS-UNISA Chairperson
Tshegofatso Seane GKSS-NWU Chairperson

 ITWeb and Brainstorm magazine are Best Industry Partner finalists.

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