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Fifth WDC pitching session next week

The fifth pitching session, hosted by the Cape Town Design NPC, will take place 5-8pm on 27 May 2014 at the Clocktower Centre, Pavilion Conference Centre, V&A Waterfront.
Tickets cost R50 per person. Members of the public, media, investors, philanthropists, government planners and business representatives are all invited to support the selected projects that highlight cutting-edge design, innovation and social entrepreneurship.

Pitching projects

Cape Town Design NPC has allocated R1-million to go to recognised projects and will award R10,000 to the best project pitch at each session.

Community Led Spatial Design: is the spatial reconfiguration of informal settlements to those that are more rationalised leads to social cohesion, shelter upgrades and infrastructural improvements. It builds community, acknowledges the positive aspects of informality and helps bridge the urban divide by including, not removing the poor. #WDC236

Creative Code: uses game design to introduce young people to coding and the basic concepts of computer programming. The projects emphasise a local visual aesthetic (beading, patterns and fabric design) to establish the logical and procedural dimension of visual design. #WDC446

Ex_Sample: is a 'waste showcase' where manufacturers contribute waste materials that design students will use for prototyping and experimentation. It will serve as an exhibition and events platform for crafters and manufacturers to connect students with the industry. #WDC275

Khaya Power: provides much needed solar energy in a recycled five litre container. Customers buy power at mobile power stations and once the power is depleted they return the container replace it with a recharged power pack. #WDC607

Kushushu Design: presents two innovative design concepts from Sharon B Design and Head-on Design using the unique printed silicon technology developed in Cape Town by PST Sensors: the temperature sensing Kushushu Mat and the energy efficient low voltage Kushushu Heater. #WDC325

Moya We Khaya (MWK) Peace Gardens: is a 10 000 m² community food garden project in Khayelitsha which aims to transform the lives of the community by providing the infrastructure, equipment, training and start-up requirements to plant and harvest crops for the table. #WDC583

Newlands Sporting and Heritage Precinct: enables the creation of public space a Recreation Zone and the Village Green and River Park. These will bring together the elements of sport, water, trees, play, heritage, community, celebration, story, place, brewing and milling. #WDC361

Paperight: is a network of independent copy shops that print books out for customers quickly and legally. By turning the ubiquitous copy shop into a bookshop, they can help put every book within walking distance of every home. #WDC227

Project Isizwe: is bringing the internet to people across Africa by facilitating the roll-out of Free Wi-Fi for public spaces in low income communities. Its core focus is on connectedness for the purpose of education. #WDC206

Rockgirl and Shine Centre are collaborating with designers to create "Book Hoeks": safe space benches that are also mini-libraries for Capetonians to share a love of reading in a public space, while making the space beautiful and safer. #WDC582

See-Saw-Do: believes all children should be given opportunities and worthy environments in which to learn and develop. They make it easy and attractive for donors to collaborate in order to transform dull and unimaginative spaces into bright, stimulating educational environments. #WDC488

The Philippi Collective: is piloting a system for expanding access to resources that will empower learners to access the support they need to be ready to learn and succeed. It will also empower educators with deeper knowledge of what obstacles their learners are facing. #WDC481

Waste to Food: will treat food and food processing wastes that are no longer safe for consumption into high quality organic products. As a result it will avoid negative environmental impacts associated with disposal, create environmentally-beneficial products and enterprise development opportunities. #WDC581

Realising hopes, dreams

"To realise the legacy ambitions of WDC we'd like to see as many of the recognised projects brought to fruition and growth," says Nicky Swartz, programme director of Cape Town Design NPC. "These pitching sessions aim to showcase the projects and what they need in terms of funding, capacity and collaborations, whilst encouraging the public and business community to identify projects that they would like to support through both large investments and crowdfunding."

The first four pitching sessions for the recognised projects within the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 programme, have enjoyed growing success with support pledged in cash and kind and new partnerships formed.

The winner of last month's session was Regeneration of City and Soul (#WDC368). Furthermore, CTD has partnered with Thundafund to match the first R10,000 that WDC projects successfully raise through their Thundafund crowdfunding campaigns. To see some of the WDC 2014 recognised projects listed on Thundafund, visit

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