What better way to bolster partnerships and collaboration, than by working together toward finding solutions to local challenges? This is the aim of #cocreate2Accelerate, also referred to as #cocreate2A, the latest initiative by #cocreateSA. Five companies are matched with five entrepreneurs to find solutions to an identified challenge. #cocreate2A forms part of Open Design Festival which takes place from 10 – 21 August 2016.
The participating companies are an exciting group of forward thinking individuals, who are using technology in fascinating ways. GreenFingers Mobile is a mobile first agricultural technology business who has developed an app that encourages stronger networks between farmers in order to maximise business relationships with large buyers and appeal to international markets. GreenFingers Mobile will work with innovative entrepreneur on future technology Jan-Henk Bouman, to create a brand strategy that will contribute to understanding customer needs, customer acquisition and segmentation.
Mobile App Development company Polymorph Systems (Pty) Ltd creates high-quality mobile applications from a technical engineering perspective. What makes Polymorph exceptional is their ability to create technical apps that place emphasis on the incorporation of UX (user experience). They specialise in bringing developers and designers together to successfully introduce apps and have been especially successful in the Fintech (financial technology) market. Together with business strategist and motivational speaker Jabbo Smulders, they will be working on improving existing marketing strategies to appeal to overseas markets and position Polymorph as the ideal mobile product development partner in the IoT (internet of things).
Retroepic is a game development studio started by brothers Keith and Niki Boshoff in 2007. They have worked with a number of key partners nationally, as well as internationally to produce successful games. Among these are Sharkie, which has over 100 000 downloads on Google Play alone, as well as Jungle Beat which reached the number one spot on iTunes in South Africa’s top paid games in its first week of sales. Retroepic maintains a flat business structure and has proven that hierarchy is not a requirement to reach success. Having been in business for almost 10 years, they are participating in #cocreate2A to find new methods of improving their business practices without changing the structure of the business. They will be working with digital nomad, Esther Jacobs who understands the need for flexibility in growth.
Sea Monster specialises in 2D- animation and the development of games for work and play, as well as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Solutions. You may have recognised them as the creator of Pick ‘n Pay Super Animals, an augmented reality mobile app that aims to increase engagement of consumers with Pick ‘n Pay. Sea Monster has also created Zuri’s Lab: Pyromaniacs that aims to get tweens (especially girls) into STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). They will be collaborating with gaming entrepreneur Anke Kuipers, to create a sales and marketing strategy to introduce Zuri’s Lab to the Dutch or EU market. Anke started her own gaming company -Catching Games- eight years ago and has been successful in the international gaming industry.
&Innovation provides specialist innovation and commercialisation services in Technology, Media and Telecom arenas by adapting current products to new markets. &Innovation undertakes work across Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Europe and the United Kingdom, with a new office planned for Amsterdam in 2017. Through #cocreate2A, &Innovation and founder of 80 experiments Kevin Weijers, will create an open source document on the future of work spaces. The future of work is shifting toward smaller, more scalable teams with individuals across global locations. New tools have been developed for this purpose but lack definition in how they are used, as well as how they are incorporated within current company culture. The aim of the open source document is to provide companies with a guide to effectively using new digital tools within business. Exploration Officer, Kevin Weijers is known for his ability to translate ideas from thoughts to actions.
Cape Town has established itself as an innovative hub and we look forward to the partnerships and collaboration that will come from this initiative.