Allan Gray Makers is a South African initiative funded by Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment. This admirable initiative provides transferable entrepreneurial skills and support to youth who are technically or vocationally talented.
The programme aims to create a new narrative of entrepreneurship. It focuses on how technically talented entrepreneurs can play a more active role in reducing poverty, by accelerating the creation of meaningful employment opportunities in South Africa. One of the objectives at Allan Gray Makers is to ignite a pipeline of technical entrepreneurial talent through their event.
The Allan Gray Makers Fest sought to inspire, connect and celebrate all artisanal entrepreneurs. The theme of this year’s Fest was to connect entrepreneurs in the technical and vocational space, to their peers and industry experts. At its core, the event focussed on inspiring youth and exposing them to opportunities and innovation in the industry. Additionally, it celebrated Maker talent, highlighting entrepreneurs who shine in the technical trades industry.
Influential speakers also took the stage. Spokespeople included former ministers Trevor Manuel and Nhlanhla Nene, who brought economic problems such as unemployment, inequality, exclusion and other social issues to light. Funda Wande, a non-profit organisation in Cape Town also shared what they are doing to help equip young minds. They believe that the ability to read for meaning and excel at maths, will empower youth to contribute to our economy in a positive way.
Firstly, we want to commend Allan Gray Makers for bringing people together, and thank them for partnering with us to make it happen. Throughout the course of the event we saw one common theme – a hunger to impact lives, businesses, and industries.
The Flock Team stepped in to offer Allan Gray Makers SMS invitations that were sent to all guests and provided easy access to all event info. Compared to email invitations, SMS invitations could be accessed by all guests on their mobile devices, with or without internet connectivity.
Flock’s team also set up a landing page for guests to register, read more about the event, and view both the programme and the directions to get to the venue. To ensure the event ran smoothly, the Flock team was available and onsite for two days at the venue to assist with registrations, managing a total of 277 registrations.
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