Skateboarding: One of the activities that brings art, creativity, fun and livelihood together. The Kimberley Diamond Cup (KDC) is one of the biggest skating events in Africa and brings over 100 skaters from 50 countries into South Africa for the Skateboarding World Championships.

The world is growing smarter and we need to adapt, Geekulcha has entered into a collaboration with Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDaT) in the Northern Cape, to use skateboarding as a way to attract more youth into Science and Technology.

SkateHacks is an initiative that connects Skaters and Makers to come up with Creative and Innovative ideas to make skateboards smart and cool.

On 07 May, KDC hosted the Midway Mayhem which attracted young skaters from the Kimberley and neighbouring cities to build their journey in becoming the next Nyjah Houston or better world skaters. Once again, the wow factor was there, there is great potential.

DEDAT and Geekulcha Maker Library Network and GKSS led the following activities at the Midway Mayhem:

  1. SkateHacks Chat: Makers hear from Skaters of their understanding of Tech and how cool they want their skateboards to be.
  2. Mobile Ninjas: Youngsters learned about mobile apps and how to build.
  3. Hack-a-Skate: Hands-on with Arduino - Tech onto skateboard
  4. Gaming Zone: Mastering the skate tricks through digital gaming.

This is a mission to drive STEM Education and Career Alignment through Localization (Skateboarding).

The next SkateHacks activities will take place as follows:

  • 02 June: Springbok, Northern Cape
  • 03 June: Upington, Northern Cape
  • 05 June: De Aar, Northern Cape
  • 16 June: Soweto, Gauteng

Calling on all Skaters and Makers to get involved in SkateHacks to drive Innovation, Open Source, IoT, Big Data and Machine Learning fundamentals in the country to grow the skills capacity.

See you soon!