About SkateHacks

Making Skateboards Smart and Cool

"Localization of Innovation with Global Technologies" is the primary drive with skateboarding as one of the popular activities in the Northern Cape province, we need to use it towards socio-economic and human knowledge/skills development.

The Knowledge Economy and Innovation sub-programme of the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism seeks to empower the youth through ICT and and Business/Entrepreneurs skills development. SkateHacks Maker activities are ran during the Kimberley Diamond Cup Northern Cape tours and the Skateboarding World Championship in October.

Mentorship: Grooming Future GeekStars

These are the things being driven in helping the youth through Skateboarding and STEM drive.

* Skateboarding skills
* Electronics Systems
* Web/Mobile Apps development
* Innovation and Entrepreneurship
* Mathematics and Physical Science

Get Involved: info@ncdev.co.za

STEM and IoT Economy

Young minds are challenged in #SkateHacks through the Youth ICT and Business VacWork programme and make business sense through a Business Model Canvas.

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SkateHacks Coding to Parks and Events

The team from DEDAT, Geekulcha and the NCDev Ecosystem have driven SkateHacks coding in skate parks and events such as:

* Hackathons: NCDevHack and GKHack16
* Kimberley Skate Plaza
* Arduino Day South Africa
* De Aar Skate Park
* Fakugesi Festival
* Open AIR Symposium
* Upington Skate Park
* Vilakazi Street, Soweto

Being Involved

Get involved in skills development and talent showcase events and initiatives - there is always something for everyone


Makers and Skaters collaborative in Innovative projects that will disrupt the skateboarding scence


SkateHacks is a collaborative initiative with various organizations that are bringing value to the society.

The Kimberley Diamond Cup

The Kimberley Diamond Cup is an annual skateboarding event held at the beginning of each southern hemisphere Spring in Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. The event features the largest single-event prize purse in skateboarding - $100,000 for first prize in the Street competition - and is the largest the skateboarding competition in Africa.

Communities located around Kimberley Diamond Cup Sponsor Kumba Iron Ore’s mines own a stake in the company and receive twice-yearly dividend payments that are used for community development projects such as clinics, schools, and infrastructure development. Kumba Iron Ore has also a stated commitment to turn South Africa’s Northern Cape Province into a world-class extreme sport destination.

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