mLab held their digital empowerment programme graduation on Wednesday. As part of the graduation ceremony, the students had to present their websites, social media strategies and branding materials which they created as part of the programme.
The six week programme in partnership with the Department of Social Development was formed to represent a commitment towards bringing essential digital skills to provincial SMMES and youth centres. The graduates have already been placed in various centres and companies around the province. Phetole Sithole, the general manager for Local Economic Development at the Sol Plaatjie Municipality said it is through forming relationships with different institutions that make such possible. He also pleaded with the entities present to work together in spreading the programme to remote areas around the Province.
Mlab is a dedicated space that provides a range of services to entrepreneurs, innovators, makers, developers and digital creatives through their different programmes.
mLab Southern Africa (Mobile Applications Laboratory NPC), was launched in 2012, as a mobile technology accelerator with the aim of supporting innovative new startups and to unlock the mobile apps economy. Since then, they have grown into an open innovation lab which includes programmes that support skills development through their own and also partner code academies, facilitated co-creation seasons with industry and public sector partners and they continue to build on their successes as a local tech start-up lab.