Photographer Keziah Suskin
Established 2013, Geekulcha is an organisation dedicated to improving access to tech careers for young South Africans, through ICT skills development and training, while giving them a taste of what awaits them in the big bustling world through industry exposure.
Geekulcha Makers enables electronics students to connect, learn, share and put skills to real use. Its aim is to create a society more of producers than consumers. Young, skilled, creative and ambitious tech minds meet to connect with each other, share knowledge, collaborate on projects, network with industry leaders, obtain training to further improve and enhance their skills and put that newly acquired skills to work. The Geekulcha Research and Development portfolio Geekulcha Makers prototype innovative solutions using Open Source technology.
Who is involved?
Tiyani Nghonyama is a proud young geek who joined the South African chapter of the Maker Library Network in February 2016. Born and raised in rural Limpopo, Tiyani learned to use a computer when he started studying at Tshwane University of Technology in 2011. He graduated in Computer Systems Engineering, and joined Geekulcha, which he now leads as programme lead. His greatest passion is electronics. He hopes to apply his experience in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sector, particularly in electronics and mobile app development, to make a great social impact, especially in rural areas.