the digital divide

Deloitte empowers local community together with Quirky 30.

CSI Western Cape in collaboration with Deloitte Belgium and Close the Gap hosted a wonderful week of skill development for the kids and young adults from Quirky 30, formerly Brothers for All. Quirky 30 is non-profit organisation based in the township of Langa, Cape Town, South Africa. The main focus of the organisation is empowering offenders, ex-offenders, inmates and vulnerable youth by giving them technology skills, and specifically in coding.

From 14 November 2016 to 17 November, kids and young adults participated in many activities. On the 14th, 20 young adults attended a workshop related to Design Thinking, and designed a wallet!

The second day of the programme was dedicated to creating and developing entrepreneurial ideas, based on community social issues. On this occasion Mr. Lance Brown, tax consultant at Deloitte and speaker at TEDxTabeMountain, was present and provided inspiration to the kids, through his “Creating Opportunities” philosophy.

The 3rd day took place at Deloitte Digital where kids had the chance to learn more about drones, 3D printers and even a lie detector test, and of course play with them! During that day, Emma from Deloitte Belgium also provided an inspirational speech about the power of social media, and how to use the different online channels to promote and connect with customers. As a practical example, Emma and the young adults created a social media plan for a brand new line of wallet.

The fourth and last day of this “week of skill development” took place at the V&A Waterfront. The digitruck was moved to this hotspot in order to showcase this exciting project. . Some of the youngsters from Quirky 30 were present to hand over brochures and explain their coding sessions inside this digitruck. One of the students, Fatima (see photo seated in the middle), was offered a job interview for a tech company in the neighborhood. She walked away with an internship!