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Innovation festival empowers young girls
​Young girls from Meadowlands Technical High School
learning about robotics using LEGO to build a robot
system at the Qhakaza Girl initiative hosted during the
Innovation Festival.
INNOVATE Durban is committed to finding, developing and escalating innovative solutions in a form of new technologies and models in a bid to produce more women entrepreneurs.

On 28 June, during the Innovation Festival at Point Waterfront, Innovate Durban collaborated with eThekwini Municipality and Ndlovukazi Online Media in hosting the Qhakaza Girl empowerment seminar for approximately 80 learners.

The focus of the festival was innovation and information technology. The learners were from five local schools and higher education institutions namely; Umlazi Commercial High School, Isivananda Technical High School, Meadowlands Technical High School, Makhophila Training Academy and Mangosuthu University of Technology.

Influential speakers in technology, such as Pebble Hlubi, Director of Kaleidocode Pivot Enterprise Software Company offered sound advice to the attendees. Hlubi highlighted the importance of innovation and technology in order for young women to shape their future. Furthermore Wendy MaHoney, Managing Director for NewMella - an innovation consultant company left young girls highly motivated after sharing her experiences on how being creative contributed to the successful businesswoman she is today.

During the day, young girls were challenged to think of innovative solutions to school related challenges. Nandi Shusha, a Grade 9 learner from Umlazi Commercial High School said the workshop stimulated her creative juices. “I feel very inspired and acquired many innovative tips.” Amanda Mathe, Project Manager of Ndlovukazi Online Media, said the main purpose of the workshop was achieved. “We wanted young girls to be aware that innovation is easy, all you have to do is look around you and come up with solutions to current challenges.”

Mathe further advised young girls to be mindful of what they post on social media. Innovate Durban Chief Executive Office, Aurelia Albert said the technology and innovation sector is still male dominated. The festival, she said, is one of the City’s many efforts to expose more women to the sector. “We need youth that are forward-thinking who will be able to create African solutions for local challenges.” 
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