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  • 3D printers, cardboard and a giant robot: Omar-Pierre Soubra on the magic of Maker Faire

    Cape Town recently hosted its very first Maker Faire Cape Town. Calling those involved makers, the event saw some 4 000 attendants and over 40 different exhibitors over the weekend, which is a good number for Cape Town. It took place at the Lookout in the V&A Waterfront. The makers showcased a variety of 3D printers, electronics, artwork, and all manner of things created by the exhibitionists. Some of the exhibitions included Arduino Cape Town, the Cardboard Challenge, and a gigantic robot. Besides food stalls outside, nothing at the stands was for sale. This allows the event to be an experience and not...

  • DIY geek-fest Maker Faire comes to Cape Town this August

    If you're into robotics, DIY drones, Arduino projects, space projects and 3D printers, listen up. Cape Town's first Maker Faire is coming to town. Taking place from 20 to 23 August, the world-renowned festival will bring together a motley crew of techies, tinkerers, hobbyists and makers. The event forms part of the third annual Open Design Festival in partnership with Trimble. Described as part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, the Maker Faire is a celebration of the global Maker Faire Movement -- celebrating innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Omar Pierre...

  • Tech4Africa Cape Town to explore ‘rise of the underdog’

    Tech4Africa has announced the speaker line-up for its Cape Town event, which takes place on 6 August. Among the speakers are local entrepreneur Nic Haralambous, who'll share his story of selling a mobile startup to building an online shopping company selling socks as well as South African hockey legend Steve Evans, who'll be talking about the “Underdog mentality” and what it takes to bring down Giants. Memeburn Publisher Matthew Buckland will meanwhile talk about rethinking media in the content marketing era. Matty Cohen, who's head of product at WooThemes, will chat about South Africa's WooCommerce journey, which sold...

  • City of Cape Town bans selfies at tourist hotspots, will impose hefty fines [update]

    It seems like the world is finally starting to crack down on selfies. Following a series of bans from the Smithsonian museum in Washington, DC to Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, the City of Cape Town has recently banned selfies and selfie sticks after a series of misdemeanours and hefty fines this South African summer. "People taking selfies with their smartphones are often reckless," said Cape Town's councillor for Tourism, Events & Marketing Abraham Disimynami in a statement to Memeburn. "Tourists are the main perpetrators in this instance." He explained that in January this year an Australian couple managed to injure themselves...

  • Disrupt and dismay: why Cape Town’s metered taxi operators are so upset with Uber

    As always, popular car-hailing app Uber is rubbing some people up the wrong way. Over the past few weeks, the San Francisco tech company has been making headlines in Cape Town, South Africa, with cars getting impounded to protests in the streets. It seems like a classic tale of new technology versus old law, though the disruption reaches far deeper. The Metered Taxi Council of the Western Cape is calling for the service to be shut down. The council argues that the US$40-billion ehailing service is currently flooding the market with illegal operators, and that this monopoly does not bode well...

  • Cape Town’s new by-laws challenge Uber operations, 33 cars impounded

    The City of Cape Town recently announced that it would be enacting new policies to improve metered taxi services, specifically looking at e-hailing services such as Uber. While the laws are still in development, they don't seem to bode well for the San Francisco company's operations in Cape Town. For starters, over 30 Uber-affiliated cars have recently been impounded by the city for not carrying proper licencing. The City of Cape Town's new by-laws and general policy will specifically look at challenges that relate to the competition posed by "illegal operators, technical constraints preventing new operators from entering the...

  • Watch Lion’s Head ablaze in this beautiful but haunting timelapse [Video]

    Although we love to braai as a nation, as a city, Cape Town simply loathes fires. Since the dramatic blaze of 2006 that came close to claiming the city centre, and in the end, claimed much of Table Mountain, the city has taken extended measures to prevent wildfires in the hot and windy season of summer. Sometimes even the best human efforts are fruitless in the face of nature. One example was this week's blaze on Lion's Head. It was eventually extinguished in the late hours of 2 December, it left a brown scar on the mountain (and it wasn't best...

  • This is what happens when a homeless man walks through Cape Town for 4 hours [Video]

    A recent video of a woman walking though New York enduring ten hours of constant harassment has seemed to have inadvertently sparked a meme. Following that, people dressing up as a drag queen and a Skyrim character have also surfaced. But this edition keeps it a little closer to home. A new video by marketing and communications consultancy MC Saatchi Abel has been spotted on Reddit, and instead of shedding light of harassment in the Western world, reveals the plight of the homeless in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more: 10 hours walking around as a drag queen, Skyrim character and white man Essentially, the...

  • Cape Town social tourism campaign hits 13 million impressions on Twitter

    This is very cool. The city of Cape Town is currently hosting four international travel bloggers and their itineraries are being guided by Twitter. The initiative, which is the brainchild of Cape Town tourism, invited people to participate in the campaign by sharing tips for the bloggers' itineraries using the hashtag #LoveCapeTown on Twitter. The campaign, which kicked off with a "tweet-up" on Sunday 29 July, has seen suggestions flooding in to a series of questions posted by the bloggers. Over a 24 hour period, Cape Town Tourism claims, the #LoveCapeTown hashtag generated 1 500 tweets, 13 521 392...

  • Meet the billboard that grows a beard with Facebook likes

    Hey guys, what’s better than growing a beard? Growing one digitally, of course. But how would one go about doing that? Enter the world’s first fully interactive growing billboard. The billboard appears on the corner of two streets in central Cape Town and is presented by Bronx, “makers of the world’s manliest shoes”. It features a stubbled, but otherwise respectable-looking, man gazing piercingly out into world. Here’s the deal, every time anyone likes Bronx’s Facebook page the man’s beard will grow little more. Or as the shoe company puts it: "More likes = More Beard". Once you’ve liked the page,...

  • #Carguardsong: The ‘Braaiday’ boys are back

    The team who brought you the Rebecca Black Braaiday parody are back - and this time, they've set their sights on car guards. Derick Watts and The Sunday Blues posted the video for The car guard song yesterday, and their #carguardsong hashtag trended on Twitter in South Africa today. The song is a parody of Eminem and Rihanna's Love the way you lie, and the video, which was filmed in Cape Town, features some familiar faces and...

  • Amazon bigwigs to jet into Cape Town for ‘Grand Opening’

    The world's most famous online retailer, Amazon.com, is gearing up for a big launch in Cape Town, with bigwigs flying into the country from the States. Among the executives will be Marc Onetto, Amazon's Senior Vice President of Operations and Customer Service. Onetto will be joined in August by members of the press for what Amazon are calling a "Grand Opening". The VP will view a "new facility", which is essentially the company's...

  • Wifi Trip: 5 cities, free wifi spots

    Travel in emerging markets is rising rapidly. Business men and women are constantly chasing the next big thing in these markets. The need for quick and easy internet access is a growing demand. You need to know how to get to your hotel, how to get around the city. You need to find a foreign exchange and figure out why your credit card isn't work when you were promised it would. Having internet access could fix all these problems. In our Wifi Trip series, we are tracking down some of the best wifi spots around the globe and here...

  • TEDx comes to Cape Town

    The highly successful non-profit global set of conferences, TED has spawned a program of 'local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience' - called TEDx - and it's coming to Cape Town. The event, named TEDxCapeTown, will combine TEDTalks video and live speakers to ignite engaging, deep discussion and connection within a small group. The self-organized local event will be held at the Ratanga Junction theme park on the...

  • Cape Town Facebook page hits 100 000 fans after World Cup success

    I ♥ Cape Town, the official Facebook fan page of Cape Town Tourism, is celebrating a milestone after hitting the 100 000 fans mark in just one year. The page proved to be a powerful tool to convert visitors here for the World Cup into "Cape Town Fans" during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Almost half of the fan page’s new followers signed on in the last three months; the page grew by 40 000 fans between May and July 2010. It was up by an impressive 28 000 fans during the month-long tournament and it added...