MyMachine South Africa

MyMachine South Africa

“At the heart of the MyMachine magic is creating creative confidence and developing Creative Intelligence which goes way beyond artistic expression: it encompasses the art of thinking differently, allowing ALL children to develop a higher order of thinking. Creative Intelligence develops our capacity to utilise our existing knowledge, empathy, experiences, emotional intelligence, and skills to effectively tackle novel and complex challenges”. – Suné Stassen, CEO, Open Design Afrika.

Open Design Afrika is extremely proud to be a partner of the award-winning MyMachine Global Foundation. In close collaboration with our local partner, The Initiative for Community Advancement, it is our long-term mission to optimize our reach through the MyMachine South Africa chapter and to impact the development of creative confidence and future-making skills in millions of children and youth across South Africa.

This unique and multi-award-winning methodology, underpinned by STEAM education builds creative confidence in students in primary, secondary and higher education so that they can become change-makers of their own lives, their communities, and the world at large. Through MyMachine they learn that their ideas matter, that they can make a difference and how to bring their ideas to life.

“Wherever life takes you, it all starts with having the creative confidence that your ideas matter, and can make a difference”, Piet Grymonprez, co-founder MyMachine

Western Cape Open Call

If you value the power of creative confidence and want your children and students to develop into innovators, impact entrepreneurs, and future-makers – please contact us at . Your primary school, vocational school, or university can become the frontrunners of the MyMachine South Africa community!

MyMachine Global Foundation

By the end of 2022 MyMachine Global Foundation is already operating in 47 countries around the world. To date the project ignited 16 000 new ideas designed by children, reached and impacted 17 000 children and educators, and students from higher education already spend more than 900 000 hours on developing and producing children’s Dream Machines.

Apart from being included in the HundrED Global Collection for the 4th year, MyMachine was recently (2022) one of the four innovations on the planet that have been selected to become part of the HundrED Hall of Fame! This is a high-end collection of Education Innovations that have demonstrated sustained growth of impact and scalability.

“Wherever life takes them, dance, engineering, plumbing, IT, fashion, law, filmmaking, management, community building or space technology….one of the most fundamental skills to bring you happiness and to make you thrive is learning that you can bring any idea to life. No matter the scope of your vision, whether it is personal, local, or global – making it happen starts with the Creative Confidence that your ideas matter. That your ideas can make a difference. That is how we will see a lot more of us doing a lot more to shape this better future we all need to design!” – co-founder of MyMachine, Piet Grymonprez

“Love this concept – giving youngsters a way to work together and bring their dreams to life.”, Sir Richard Branson

“We need inspirational, practical examples of the vitality of creativity, the dynamics of collaboration and the power of possibility. That’s exactly what you’ll find in this inspiring account of the work of MyMachine.“, Sir Ken Robinson

“By engaging children’s imaginations and encouraging all members of the education community to share in their innocence, curiosity, and capacity to dream, MyMachine inspires a love of learning that will serve participants for life.”, Hank Nourse, The New York Academy of Sciences

“Spreading innovations such as MyMachine across borders can be a game-changer for education, worldwide. We will continue to encourage as many stakeholders as possible including schools, educators, administrators, students, and organizations to get involved so that we can work towards a positive future.”, Saku Tuominen, Founder, and creative director HundrED