It’s pitching season and we’re all invited!
Over the next seven months, the World Design Capital will be hosting project pitching sessions to expose recognised WDC 2014 projects to potential funders, mentors and collaborators. And we’re rather excited because we’ll be pitching our own shortlisted project – The Official Cape Town Design Guide. But more on that later.
The first pitching session will be taking place TODAY at 17:30 at The German Club (6 Roodehek Terrace, off Hope Street, Gardens) with 23 WDC 2014 projects hoping their pitches will seal the deal. If you can’t make it today, don’t fret, you have another seven pitches to choose from: 25 February, 25 March, 28 April, 27 May, 24 June, 29 July and 26 August.
You can buy your tickets through Quicket. They cost R50 ticket, and it also gets you one free craft beer and free popcorn. There is a cash bar and food for sale.
The WDC 2014 projects pitching tonight are:
1. Safe Township Lighting (#WDC608)
This project supplies individually charged, modular and multifunctional
LED task-lights (NURU lights) and the world’s first commercially available
pedal generator, the NURU POWERCycle. The cycle provides reliable
clean, sustainable power that is more efficient than current solar
Vijay Mitha: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Mzansi Store (#WDC516)
An e-marketplace that enables small-scale handcrafts producers to
design their own e-commerce platform. This provides easy access to
online selling as a sales channel, where they promote their own brand,
sell and ship directly to buyers.
Deidre Luzmore: email@example.com
3. Shopstar (#WDC290)
Shopstar enables anyone to create and manage an online shop with little
technical expertise. Developed in Cape Town by a team of industry
professionals, it’s a homegrown solution for South Africa’s entrepreneurs.
Jens Herf: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. The Business Bridge (#WDC280)
The Business Bridge Initiative is an enterprise development organization,
which enables the sharing of core business skills between the formal and
Thomas Parry: email@example.com
5. The Motion Project (#WDC559)
This film and photography project uses the City as a backdrop to
showcase the diversity of talent in the dance industry. All dance styles
are photographed within the City’s beautiful urban spaces. The project
culminates in a photo exhibition, a dance film and a performance event.
Louise Coetzer: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Ceramics United South Africa 2014 Competition (#WDC345)
Working with some of South Africa’s most prominent ceramicists,
Ceramics United ZA will hold a ceramics design competition among
students, potters, and artists to unlock the country’s rich and dynamic
ceramics history and share it with the world.
Ceramics United South Africa: email@example.com
7. Youth Design Studio (#WDC640)
In Youth Design Studio, secondary school learners will collaborate with
university students, educators, local elected officials, and city staff to
create a practical, implementable design project that will have a
demonstrable benefit for their particular Cape Town neighborhood.
Katie Hawkes: firstname.lastname@example.org
8. City of Rainbows (#WDC518)
The City of Rainbows is a public art installation project. Real rainbows
appear magically in public spaces, glass crystals hang from lampposts
creating flashes of color in the sky. Pedestrian crossings become
rainbow crossings; coloured heart stickers stuck to lampposts.
Michael Elion: email@example.com
9. Live Eco Remade Design (#WDC547)
Live Eco Remade Design is an upcycled design competition comprising of
dress (fashion design) & objects (interior design). This project requires
students to upcycle old clothing & used materials into eco chic garments
Nikki Seegers: firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Learning Innovation Design Lab (#WDC251)
The Learning Innovation Design Lab will comprise of a design studio,
usability test lab, model classroom, think tank and showroom that will
foster and showcase African innovation in education.
Marco Rosa: email@example.com
11. Open Streets (#WDC207)
Open Streets is a citizen-driven initiative. It is both an organization and a
philosophy for public life, working to design and promote streets that
embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and
how they move. It was founded in 2012 by a group of volunteers.
Marcela Guerrero Casas: firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Nino’s Bereavement Toolbox (#WDC335)
A friendly and attractive set of tools to help parents and children
overcome the loss of a loved one. It encourages the users to pay
attention to their senses and sentiments, discuss different aspects of
death and express their feelings.
Mathilde de Blois: email@example.com
13. Too Good To Waste (#WDC274)
A collective group of 14 Western Cape Upcycle Designers all with similar
visions, recycling a variety of would-be waste items into beautiful
consumer products. This future design ethos reduces the impact on our
stressed landfill sites and demonstrates new creative possibilities in the
the consumer market.
Jenee Rosse: firstname.lastname@example.org
14. 100 Bicycles (#WDC421)
Bicycles are not only functional by design; they have tremendous socioeconomic
and environmental benefits too. This project aims to use 100
Bicycles, each with a unique word on the yellow frame to harness mass
awareness about the benefits of non-motorized transport.
Warren Lodge: warren@LIFEbrand.co.za
15. The Migration #WDC537
Teaming up with The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and turning the
musical experience into an audiovisual one. A spectacle combining
traditional with cutting-edge projection techniques to bring original music,
story and animation to life.
Bernard Kotze: email@example.com
16. Creative Edge #WDC353
Creativedge SA is an extra mural educational programme designed to
expose Grade 10-12 learners to multiple creative career disciplines,
through practical learning experiences. The aim is to overcome ignorance
about these industries, promote new developing sectors and augment
divergent thinking skills.
Mariechen Du Plesis: firstname.lastname@example.org
17. Brainstorm the City #WDC570
An awareness campaign run throughout the year, showcasing the human
brain: the ultimate design story. Through a variety of activities, this
interactive journey will inform, inspire and educate communities about
the wonders and fragility of this miraculous organ.
Ross Balchin: email@example.com
18. 1000 Drawings #WDC530
1000 Drawings – Doodle for a Difference is a community driven project
where everyone is invited to be an artist for a good cause. This nonprofit
initiative builds bridges across class, gender, age and race divides with
the simple message that we are all inherently creative.
Shani Judes: firstname.lastname@example.org
19. Zamani, the past #WDC552
ZAMANI, “the past” in Swahili, is a documentary series project produced
in Cape Town. The ZAMANI series will highlight some of the most secret
and sacred archeological sites of Africa, some never seen before on
television, awakening worldwide consciousness for the conservation of
Joanna Tomkins: email@example.com
20. Community led spatial design for informal settlements (#WDC236)
The spatial reconfiguration of informal settlements to those that are more
rationalized leads to social cohesion, shelter upgrade and infrastructural
improvements. It builds community, acknowledges the positive aspects of
informality and helps bridge the urban divide, including not removing the
Siyavuya Nobaza: firstname.lastname@example.org
21. Re-blocking Mtshini Wam (#WDC238)
Re-blocking Mtshini Wam showcases the co-production value in
upgrading informal settlements. Once threatened through evictions, the
community initiated a self-design process that re-organised shacks into
“clusters” with safer and more dignified public spaces. The City can now
install basic services.
Linda Gondo: email@example.com
22. Lentegeur Spring Project (#WDC331)
Bridging the divide between a mental health institution and deeply
scarred surrounding community by designing a mental health centre of
the future. This project utilizes permaculture design principles that will
engender an environmental regeneration. In essence the concept of
spring is brought to life through healing people and the environment.
John Parker: John.firstname.lastname@example.org
23. Pecha Kucha (#WDC676)
Taking place every other month during 2014, PechaKucha – Japanese for
chit chat – brings together Capetonians to hear from, engage with, and
be inspired by 9 speakers who present on interesting projects or passions
using 20 slides, each displayed for just 20 seconds.
Andrew Cole: email@example.com
For more information on the World Design Capital Pitching Sessions and WDC 2014 Projects, visit www.wdccapetown2014.com