How co-working spaces can re-invent education

How co-working spaces can re-invent education

How co-working spaces can re-invent education

How co-working spaces can re-invent education

Monday, 8 April 2024

Monday, 8 April 2024

Monday, 8 April 2024

Often at work, we find ourselves yearning for a mentor who exists beyond the confines of our company walls—someone who brings a fresh perspective, a different set of skills, or simply a new story

Often at work, we find ourselves yearning for a mentor who exists beyond the confines of our company walls—someone who brings a fresh perspective, a different set of skills, or simply a new story

Often at work, we find ourselves yearning for a mentor who exists beyond the confines of our company walls—someone who brings a fresh perspective, a different set of skills, or simply a new story

Often at work, we find ourselves yearning for a mentor who exists beyond the confines of our company walls—someone who brings a fresh perspective, a different set of skills, or simply a new story

Dear Fellow Explorers,

Often at work, we find ourselves yearning for a mentor who exists beyond the confines of our company walls—someone who brings a fresh perspective, a different set of skills, or simply a new story. Imagine a space where the boundaries of companies and competition blur, where specialists across industries meet not as rivals but as collaborators. This is the untapped educational potential that co-working spaces like Colab bring to the forefront of our ever-evolving professional landscape.



A Convergence of Minds and Ideas

Nestled in Pretoria's vibrant Menlyn Main, Colab stands as a testament to the power of architectural thoughtfulness combined with the spirit of community. On a recent evening, as part of the Idea Residency launch, this space transformed into an arena where the future of spatial computing was not just discussed but vividly demonstrated.



The layout, akin to a modern-day agora, was designed to foster conversation and connection. Picture a half-moon arrangement of seats, not directing attention to a stage but encouraging a circle of dialogue among peers. It was here that Paul Loots, our guide into the realm of spatial computing, unveiled the simplicity of integrating augmented reality objects into our immediate environment—a moment that was as much about the revelation as it was about the collective awe it inspired.



Dialogues that Shape Futures

Among the vibrant discussions, two voices stood out, prompting us to think deeper and look further:



Morné Venter : As the head of the School of Creative Technologies at Open Window, Morné's question pierced the heart of our ethical considerations. He reminded us of the tech giants of yesteryears, now scrutinized for their monopolistic tendencies and ethical oversights.


"How," he asked, "can we ensure that the advancements in spatial computing don't lead us down a similar path?"


His query, framed by genuine concern, challenges us to build a future where technology amplifies humanity's best qualities.



Alex Oloo: With a keen eye on design trends and their business implications, Alex, the Head of Design at Absa and a co-founder of Stub, brought to light the practical challenges of integrating new technologies. He questioned the tangible value of spatial computing beyond its novelty. "What sets spatial computing apart from other fleeting tech advancements?" he pondered, pushing us to consider the lasting impact of the technologies we pursue.


Forging Ahead

The conversations that evning at Colab were more than exchanges of ideas; they were the seeds of a future where technology serves as a bridge between disciplines, industries, and individuals. As we look to co-working spaces to cultivate these connections, let's not forget the responsibility we carry: to wield technology with care, ensuring it enriches lives and empowers communities.

Join us as we continue to explore, question, and connect. The journey into spatial computing and beyond is just beginning, and your voice is an essential part of this unfolding narrative.

Until next time,


Alfi Oloo

Often at work, we find ourselves yearning for a mentor who exists beyond the confines of our company walls—someone who brings a fresh perspective, a different set of skills, or simply a new story

Dear Fellow Explorers,

Often at work, we find ourselves yearning for a mentor who exists beyond the confines of our company walls—someone who brings a fresh perspective, a different set of skills, or simply a new story. Imagine a space where the boundaries of companies and competition blur, where specialists across industries meet not as rivals but as collaborators. This is the untapped educational potential that co-working spaces like Colab bring to the forefront of our ever-evolving professional landscape.



A Convergence of Minds and Ideas

Nestled in Pretoria's vibrant Menlyn Main, Colab stands as a testament to the power of architectural thoughtfulness combined with the spirit of community. On a recent evening, as part of the Idea Residency launch, this space transformed into an arena where the future of spatial computing was not just discussed but vividly demonstrated.



The layout, akin to a modern-day agora, was designed to foster conversation and connection. Picture a half-moon arrangement of seats, not directing attention to a stage but encouraging a circle of dialogue among peers. It was here that Paul Loots, our guide into the realm of spatial computing, unveiled the simplicity of integrating augmented reality objects into our immediate environment—a moment that was as much about the revelation as it was about the collective awe it inspired.



Dialogues that Shape Futures

Among the vibrant discussions, two voices stood out, prompting us to think deeper and look further:



Morné Venter : As the head of the School of Creative Technologies at Open Window, Morné's question pierced the heart of our ethical considerations. He reminded us of the tech giants of yesteryears, now scrutinized for their monopolistic tendencies and ethical oversights.


"How," he asked, "can we ensure that the advancements in spatial computing don't lead us down a similar path?"


His query, framed by genuine concern, challenges us to build a future where technology amplifies humanity's best qualities.



Alex Oloo: With a keen eye on design trends and their business implications, Alex, the Head of Design at Absa and a co-founder of Stub, brought to light the practical challenges of integrating new technologies. He questioned the tangible value of spatial computing beyond its novelty. "What sets spatial computing apart from other fleeting tech advancements?" he pondered, pushing us to consider the lasting impact of the technologies we pursue.


Forging Ahead

The conversations that evning at Colab were more than exchanges of ideas; they were the seeds of a future where technology serves as a bridge between disciplines, industries, and individuals. As we look to co-working spaces to cultivate these connections, let's not forget the responsibility we carry: to wield technology with care, ensuring it enriches lives and empowers communities.

Join us as we continue to explore, question, and connect. The journey into spatial computing and beyond is just beginning, and your voice is an essential part of this unfolding narrative.

Until next time,


Alfi Oloo

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