The world of Information Technology (IT) is one that is rapidly changing, and so it only makes sense that young people should be one of the main driving forces behind this field. This is precisely what Mixo Ngoveni had in mind when he founded his organization Geekulcha in 2013 in the hopes that it could help a new generation of South Africans to connect, exchange ideas and learn new skills to enable them to have successful IT careers. Since that time, Geekulcha has grown into the continent’s largest IT community, with more than 9,000 members and dedicated chapters at seven of South Africa’s 26 universities.
What Is Geekulcha?
The name of the organization comes from a combination of the words ‘geek’ and ‘culture.’ This is only fitting since geek culture is what Geekulcha is all about. From its humble beginnings in 2013, the organization has quickly expanded to become the premier IT community for young people looking to get more involved in this exciting and rapidly expanding field.
Mixo Ngoveni originally founded Geekulcha as a Facebook group, which was dedicated to providing a place for young IT students and professionals to share ideas, discuss the latest news and trends and schedule networking events. Soon, the organization grew into a start-up company with the goal of helping to further develop strong IT communities and enable young would-be IT professionals from across South Africa to learn and further their careers.
The Future of Geekulcha
Although the organization is still mostly limited to South Africa, its ultimate goal is to create a continent-wide tech movement that will help any young African with an interest in IT to learn skills and network with other young IT professionals. The main aim of the organization is to empower young people to create more technology than they consume. As part of this, Geekulcha hopes to inspire a new generation of Africans to success in IT, technology and other fields.
The organization regularly holds ‘hackathons’ and other events designed specifically to enable young IT minds to tackle real-world problems and come up with better solutions. In addition, Geekulcha focuses heavily on providing hands-on skills training in hardware and software and also hosts networking events designed to further its members’ career prospects.
Although it is still only in its infancy, Geekulcha already works with a wide range of major corporations. Ultimately, Ngoveni hopes that Geekulcha will become an Africa-wide phenomenon that can potentially help to tackle the huge problems of youth unemployment currently facing the Continent. In this way, it seems that the organization could potentially be a huge driving force behind Africa’s continued growth and future economic development. If Geekulcha can successfully create a generation of African IT experts, it could potentially pave the way to overcoming many of the Continent’s other issues. For this reason, it will be well worth watching how Geekulcha expands and what steps the organization takes next to increase its reach and hopefully empower more African youth into an exciting and potentially lucrative career in IT.