sOccket featured in New York Times
posted by Oli Walsh
on 27 January 2010
Kids testing the soccket ball
As some of you may remember, last summer we had a university student from Harvard, Jessica Lin, who was piloting her new project, sOccket, which is a "fun portable energy harvesting power source in the form of a soccer ball".
She piloted the ball with a number of our kids and the development is on going. The project was recently featured in the New York Times, so please read the story here:
New York Times Story
We wish her luck with the programme and follow it with keen interest and hope she can come back to test the final ball!
For more on her programme and to follow their progress please visit the sOccket
World Cup getting closer by the day
posted by Oli Walsh
on 22 January 2010
The 2010 World Cup is getting closer and closer and to help you keep a track, we have put a countdown on our website, so keep coming back to have a look.
Today is also the deadline for the third ticketing phase, so let′s hope the tickets start to sell a bit better so there are not empty stadiums come June. It is great that FIFA and the LOC are looking into new ways to sell the tickets to ensure they are more accessible to South Africans, but think that they are still far too expensive for your average South African. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so need to ensure that as many people as possible from all walks of life can be a part of this World Cup and ensure it does not just pass them by.
While we have a lot of great teams playing in Durban, we are still waiting to see who will be basing their team in Durban for training purposes. Hopefully it will give our kids an opportunity to attend a training session and get close to some of the World stars. Most teams appear to be choosing places near Jo′burg or at altitude with many teams already deciding their base. The FIFA deadline is next week, so let′s hope Durban can secure a few top teams; it really is a great place to be based!