27dinner logoThe venue has moved from the Hotel School this month. We shall be 27dinnering at Relish, the original venue.
It's at:
70 New Church Street, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 422 3584
Map: http://www.relish.co.za/contactus.htm

It's a less formal venue, more conducive to moving around and socializing.

As usual, it's pay-as-you-go dining. No set menu or obligations. There's no formal seatng this time, so expect to go for tappas and pizza instead of the usual 3-courses.

Sponsors this time are Cerebra (orkanizing), Symantec (projector and sound), Lingham Capital (desserts), Zoopy (3video iPods e squared fashion (funky tshirt giveaway), Ikineo (speaker's food), Stormhoek (some vino) and Charley's Bakery (take-home goodies).
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27diner bottlesThere's usually about 20% of people on the list for any 27dinner we've had in Joburg or Cape Town that don't pitch up on the night. 27dinner Durban had 100% attendance. This was the first sign that it was going to be a good evening.

The people who spoke were excellent, as we're used to at the dinners - no surprise there. We had Michael Chadbourne talking about his open-education project "Coco Maths" - an interactive presentation that asked us to solve a Pythagorean problem in 3d. Then Anice Hassim spoke about the phenomenal success that East Coast Radio has had with the blogs, podcasts and other forms of transmedia storytelling.

There was a strong open-source contingent represented, including a chap from OpenOffice.org and some Ubuntu folks. There were internet entrepreneurs, online PR people, and some corporate IT and marketing people too. I also met a guy there who I went to school with and haven't seen since 1994!

Graham Knox supplied the Stormhoek wine, E2 did a t-shirt give-away. Storm Telecom gave us some geek goodies, and East Coast Radio gave us each a filled brandbag.

When it came to paying the bill, Anice spontaneously volunteered to pay for everyone's food and drinks. He said it was in the interests of community development, particularly in the new-media industry in Durban.

There was such positivity, excellence and a sense of progressiveness in community development among the people there. Much respect to Marc Forrest for putting it together.
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27dinner logo27dinner Jozi is at a new venue: M&A Cafe in Sandton, Corner West & Maude and Str (Map). Thanks to Kwamz Mdaka from Granadil Media for helping to organise this stylish new venue at the last minute.

Symantec has offered sponsorship for the projector, so hopefully this will be the first 27dinner Jozi that we don't run at a loss! Stormhoek will be providing the vino as always.

The first 27dinner in Durban is at Ciao Italia Restaurant - Westville. Marc Forrest is the Durbs organiser. I'm flying there to checkitout and am looking forward to a lekker jol!
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Starting in September, 27dinner is going international. If you'd like updates - just once a month - sign up to the Facebook group >>HERE<<
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27dinnerMike and I have decide to take 27dinner to the road...  Durban will have it's first 27dinner on the 27th of July, and Pretoria on the 27th August.

27 is a get together, held on the 27th day of each month for geeks, marketers, entrepreneurs, writers, media practitioners, speakers - well, just about anybody who is keen - to share ideas and news and opinions over food and drin. We usually have 3-4 short presentations too.

Attendance is free, you just pay for your own food (unless we can somehow get that sponsored too).

So if you're in Durbs or Pretoria and interested in coming along, please pop your name on the respective wiki's (here).

Next step: We need collaborators in these cities  to help recommend venues, speakers and help spread the word.
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27dinnerIt's on at the Primi Piatti Studio at the Zone, Rosebank. We're looking to kick off at 18:00 - a bit earlier than usual because it's on a Sunday.

Really exciting speakers for night are Colin Daniels (online strategy manager The Times); Erik Hersman (the White African); and Vinny Lingham (top young IT entrepreneur in Africa & endeavor entrepreneur for 2006).  Vinny is going to be making a very exciting announcement on the night.

Even more exciting is the list of attendees who are coming - some seriously kickass media and geek-folk.

If you have a digital camera or video recorder, be sure to bring it along because Zoopy will be rewarding someone who uploads their 27dinner pics or vids with a brand new Sony DVD camera (to be given away at the next Jozi 27dinner). >>More <<

 Skyrove will also auction two wifi hotspots away, and give the money raised to iCommons.

Stormhoek will, as always provide complimentary social lube in the form of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage, Pinot Grigio, and Rose goodness.
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Max, Joshin, Dee, and TaniaWhen lots of cool stuff has already been said about an event, is it worthwhile to add yet another blog post to the mix?


When I first started blogging, I would be eager to write about something, but then I'd see it written on another SA blog and I would get demotivated. I was looking for the scoop in every case... So I ended up not posting very often at all.

Part of what's interesting when analysing blog posting volumes is how the number of posts increase around major news events.

So anyway, my point: I took a lovely hike last week. At various junctures there were sign posts marking the way, held up by a pile of stones. Everyone that passes these sign-posts should add a stone to the pile because the winds and rain are constantly rolling other's stones away. It's a seemingly trivial act, but it's a way to help guide other hikers and show them that they're on the right path.

So, having said that... A bunch of support stones have already been piled up for the recent 27 dinner. But I'd like to add mine. Some thanks:

  • To the people who put their name down on the wiki and actually came!

  • To Stormhoek for providing the wine and organising the venue.

  • To my business partners at Cerebra, Mike in particular, for continued support of the 27-dinner project.

  • To Zoopy for creating a dedicated 27-dinner channel and sponsoring TWO Sony DVD Camera's as prizes for people at the dinner who shot videos and pics and uploaded them to Zoopy. (Winners to be announced at 27-5 in Joburg in May)

  • To Henk, who donated 3 Skyrove wifi hotspot kits. We auctioned them off at the dinner to raise funds for iCommons. And also to the angel bidders who bought them: Nikki Friedman, Jacques Marneweck, and Ian Gilfillan.

  • To the speakers: Ian Gilfillan (Deep, soulful and technologically advanced!), Glen Verran (Passionate voice of the SA podcasting movement) and Mike Scott (Hilarious, profound and inspiring cartoonist).


I know that lots of good networking and socialising happened. I, for one, am chuffed at the result... Although, to be honest, I would have loved to have seen more racially diverse representation there, especially on Freedom Day.
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