On the third Thursday of every month, we host a live talkshow discussion with the City of Cape Town along with some exclusive guests. We are hoping you would join us for this VIP event in which we share the outlook for 2016 and ask our guests for their tips on weathering a recession.
The MEDO Women in STEM Programme reaches about 500 high school women a year with their Space Prep and Space Trek workshops.
MEDO’s programme was developed in response to our observation that many corporates it works with experience a lack of skilled STEM employees – particularly female employees. “It is predicted that 80% of all future jobs are STEM related, with almost double the pay of non-STEM related careers. So what we are trying to do is to give these young women the best chance out there.
The second stage of the MEDO Space Programme is SpaceTrek, a week-long intensive boot camp – which was held from 5 to 11 January 2016 at High Africa Conference Centre in Worcester. This camp saw 14 selected young women learning about telecommunications, satellite construction, calibration, and data analysis. Each day consisted of a series of group activities, guest presentations and had a dedicated theme designed to further the learners’ knowledge in STEM and to provide them with the necessary experience to develop the payload for Africa’s first privately owned satellite. They also designed, built and calibrated their own Cricket Sats that were launched into the atmosphere with the help of high altitude balloons. See the exciting experience in this short clip.
11 January, 2016 saw 14 young women from local Cape Town high schools present findings from mini satellites they themselves built and launched as part of the second phase of the MEDO Space programme, Space Trek. The audience that consisted of parents, business men and women and even university professors were all amazed by these innovative 16 and 17 year-olds, an that is only the start of it…
On Friday the 4th of December 2015 the South African High Commission hosted a countdown to the satellite launch happening in 2016. Read all about the exciting event here, written by Graham du Plessis for The South African.
The MEDO Space programme, focused on Young Women in STEM, is nearing it’s second phase with the highly anticipated Space Trek. This will see 20 young women between grade 8 and grade 12 design and experiment with sub orbital satellites in preparation for the real MEDO Sat. Learn more about the programme with this video:
As experts on Supplier and Enterprise Development, MEDO is well known for providing entrepreneurs with highly successful and potentially business changing opportunities. Perhaps the most notable of these opportunities is the International Trade Programme run by the organisation. Those selected to go on this programme first go through a demanding International Trade Boot Camp which culminates in a final Big Pitch session where successful applicants are chosen for the big trip!
MEDO’s Treppie truck sponsored by ISUZU Trucks has been taking on the Cape Town tech industry one high school, one truck-full of young women at a time. Teaching basic electronic workshops that culminate in the building of a mini robot, we are greeted with excitement and enthusiasm that can’t be measured elsewhere.
After the success of the last five International Trade Programmes, we are open again for applications to send enterprising entrepreneurs across to the UK for a once in a lifetime business opportunity.
Supplier Development is becoming one of the most important focuses in South Africa with the revised BBBEE codes. Since 2012 MEDO has been spearheading intense workshop programmes nationally, aiming to empower entrepreneurs by providing training to assist those who have the ability to scale to the big leagues. Taking on one business at a time, see how our entrepreneurs are moving forward to become some of the most sought-after suppliers to major corporates around: