Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?
Mandela Washington Fellowship, 2014
Spark* South Africa Change-markers 2014.
Tell us about your partnerships
PenIT: PenIT is an award winning digital media agency based in Limpopo province, South Africa. Part of our economic development is identifying companies within at-risk areas in South Africa that are qualified to work with us in our project so we can maximize their potential at international scale. PenIT will offer us digital media support, graphics and a footprint within our target areas.
Department of education: Vhembe district, South Africa. In order to develop a working a relevant platform we realize it is important to work with and through local agencies to bring in local solutions, the department allows us access to their schools, their learners and increases our credibility.
Spark* International: Spark* International offers us strategic insight, they head our strategic sessions and mentor us in order to be as best as we can be from their experience
Dimension Data: Dimension Data Holdings is a South African company specializing in information technology services, with operations on every inhabited continent. They will offer data analytic solutions in order to maximize our input and output.
Via Afrika(Media 24) : Via Afrika controls several independent business units in the book-publishing and distribution and niche retail sectors. It consists of two divisions: Publishers/Agents and Retail/Distribution. Publishers/Agents focuses on editorial activities which involve purchasing or developing content, creating or reworking and packaging or repackaging textual content. We will partner with them on creating university books database by consolidating their databases in order to make procurement easier.
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Financial Challenges: In order to launch and have the portal work perfectly it will require capital and as a small company cash flow will be a great challenge, we will therefore use the minimum viable product model in order to maximize our potential, the portal will be launched through multiple milestones.
Lack of manpower: We intend to recruit both volunteers and part-time students to work on the initial data collection project as we limited in funds.
How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?
My.Open.CampusSA is a powerful tool that is meant to be the first point of call for all kids in making the right and best career choice. My.Open.CampusSA helps all kids regardless of socioeconomic status to foreknow the views held by alumni of a certain institute or course before they make the career move. By creating a continent where all young people have access to, and can hold their higher learning institute accountable we can create a new way of thinking, a new field where all young people can influence key decision when it comes to the biggest decision of their lives, choosing and getting a career while empowering them to connect with other students from other institutions in the same course.
Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution
Job Creation, Education - Curricular, Professional Development.
Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?
Not Applicable - yet! (we are at the idea stage or start-up)
Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.
Create New Industries: recognize opportunities in the marketplace to build new professions or new markets
Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.
Lack of youth empowerment