Winter BootUp 2013

An awesome time was had by all at the Winter Boot-Up. Please watch and see what ImpaCT is all about


A new Maths for the future

Just watched a super interesting video and I got really inspired . Maths is important and that is a message that we spread to all the schools that we visit. I am loving this new view of maths that is being presented in this video , one that is practical, one that is necessary for growth , knowing what you are solving and why . A great platform to launch logical leaders , that not how to solve real problem , not just the computation. Leaders that can program the procedures and use their brainpower on actually working out the solutions .

Ten Habits of Highly Effective Brains

This is a very interesting article by poonam , just had to share . Enjoy

Today in our busy lives we might focus on our physical health but totally neglect our brain fitness. Our brain is responsible for not only undertaking our mental tasks but also helps us carry out physical functions and for that a healthy brain is a prerequisite. Approximately there are 1.1 trillion cells and 100 billion neurons in an average human brain. The slowest information processing speed of a brain is 260 mph.

dont neglect your brain fitness

A brain thinks 70,000 thoughts in a day out of which most of them are repeated over and over again, so when the next time you think something take some time to think about your brain as well. Researchers today suggest a healthy lifestyle that benefits in maintaining effective and vibrant brains. Following is the list of ten essential habits necessary for a healthy brain, let’s review them and try to apply them in our daily lives.











JCSE ImpaCT Schools Booklet/Poster


In 2011 the JCSE published its ICT industry information booklet/poster. The aims of the poster are to increase ICT awareness among South African secondary school learners.  The motivation for the poster is to address the fact that there just are not enough young people enrolling in ICT-related courses at university level. One of the reasons for this is school leavers are not aware of the variety of career options in the industry.  In addition, learners do not have the right Matric subjects or marks to be admitted into ICT-related courses.

The poster highlights the following areas:

  • Everyday uses of ICT
  • The evolution of the ICT industry
  • Future ICT trends
  • ICT heroes
  • ICT education (courses, institutions and bursaries)
  • ICT workplace (careers, employers and growth paths)
  • A survey of the ICT careers’ landscape

CoZa Cares Foundation

We are very grateful to Coza Cares for their contribution to the publishing and printing of our first edition.  It’s the start of a very fruitful partnership in an endeavour to expand and create excellence in the African ICT industry.

We envision the posters being used as career guidance tools as they encapsulate vital information about the ICT industry. To have copies of the poster delivered to a school or youth-based NGO in the Johannesburg area, please contact Xoli on:  or 011 717 6308.

The secret of the early risers

In a recent article it has been highlighted that very productive CEO-s  rise very early and go to sleep very late at night . This is a testament an old  Zulu proverb that says : “Ayikho inkomo yobuthongo ” – there is no cow for sleep which means , there are no gains from much sleep . Most of these people wake up around 5 am and  start their days off with excercise, they are constantly productive during the day and hit the sack around 11:30 pm. They schedule the weekends to spend time with their families and recharge , and start their work week again on sunday evening .


From an article on


Interviews by Laura Barnett and Patrick Kingsley

Tim Armstrong, chief executive officer of AOL

Tim Armstrong – 5-5.15am. Photograph: Jennifer S Altman/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tim Armstrong, CEO, AOL

How and when does your morning start?

I usually get up at 5 or 5:15am. Historically, I would start sending emails when I got up. But not everyone is on my time schedule, so I have tried to wait until 7am. Before I email, I work out, read, and use our products. By 7am, I usually have questions or feedback about AOL. I am not a big sleeper and never have been. Life is too exciting to sleep. Arianna Huffington is preaching sleep to me all the time, but I will need a DNA transplant to adhere to her advice. She is right, but I just can’t do it. I have three kids and my middle daughter (nine) has my sleep DNA, so she gets up and I drink coffee and she tells me about her life.

When you wake up, do you leap out of bed immediately?


What time are you at your desk?

My desk starts the minute I leave my house. I have a driver and my commute is a little over an hour. I am very productive in the car.

Do you email throughout the day?

I do most emails in the morning, during the commute, and late at night. When I am at the office I try to listen and learn.

Do you have a secret email address?

No. Do you?

What time do you go home?

Most days around 7pm and I get home at 8 or just after. When I get home, I try to read my two daughters a book. They usually win and get two or three books. I eat dinner with my wife; she is a gourmet cook and her food beats most of the best restaurants in New York. After dinner, I play Nerf hoops with my 11-year-old son – full contact, losers out, and no hanging on the rim.

What time do you go to bed?

Most nights around 11. Can be later if I have a dinner in the city.

How much sleep do you get?

I try to get six hours. I can operate on less, but it isn’t ideal.

What is your weekend like?

Friday night is family movie night. Saturday is sports with kids. I am coaching my son’s fifth grade basketball team on Saturday and Sunday, and it is my favourite thing all week. Saturday night is date night with my wife and sometimes dinner with friends. Sundays are church, basketball and work, starting at 7pm – calls and emails.

Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Jayne-Anne Gadhia – 6.20am. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money

How and when does your morning start?

Left to my own devices, which means assuming I don’t have to travel, I get up every day at 6.20am. No alarm. That’s just when I wake up every morning, weekends too. First thing I do is look at my emails and answer any outstanding. I can’t stand having any not done! Then I look at the BBC news website, then Twitter. If that counts as an early start, I do it because I always like to be on top of work so I can enjoy the non-work stuff, like having breakfast with the family and talking to my daughter on the way to school, rather than being distracted by work. So it sort of helps me have a normal life.

What time are you at your desk?

If I’m working in my home city of Edinburgh I’m at my desk by 8.30am, having dropped Amy off at school. I email all the time. It used to drive me mad, but that’s now the way I keep on top of things. Multi-tasking has become essential as far as I can see. I do have a separate private email address that fewer people know – but that gets quite busy too these days.

What time do you go home?

I try to be home by 7pm. If I’m away I work until about 10pm – again, that’s a way of not letting things encroach on normal life too much. I do work from home in the evening, but usually only in a multi-tasking sort of way. I certainly don’t sit at a desk.

When is bedtime?

I try to be in bed by 10.30pm. And I always sleep like a log! I need and get about eight hours a night, unless I’m travelling, when I just get what I can. I rarely feel tired. Life’s too exciting! I always get straight out of bed when I wake up. I don’t lie there doing my emails.

What is your weekend like?

I love my weekends. I try to run both days before the rest of the family is up. Then being the normal taxi service for children kicks in. We usually have dinner with friends on a Saturday night and then more family stuff on a Sunday, until about 4pm. In the winter I like to be home then, curtains drawn, music on and getting us all ready for the week ahead – homework check, clothes check, scrubbed up – a nice tea, then settle in front of the telly.

Karen Blackett
Karen Blackett

Karen Blackett – 5.45am

Karen Blackett, CEO, MediaCom UK

What time do you get up?

At 5.45am three times a week to spend 45 minutes in my garage, which I have turned into a gym. Otherwise, I wake when my son comes into my room – any time between 6.30 and 7am.

When you wake up, do you leap out of bed immediately?

Define “leap” – I’d say I roll out of bed.

What time do you start sending emails?

I quickly scan my emails while my son is taking over my bed and having his milk. Urgent ones I reply to there and then. I flag others to follow up on my commute into work. My early start is due to the need to exercise more to keep fit as I get older, and due to my three-year-old kick-starting my day (literally).

What time are you at your desk?

8.30-9am — it depends on whether my son is at nursery and I do the nursery run, or at home with his nanny.

Do you email throughout the day, or do you have fixed times at which you send messages?

I receive an average of 500 emails a day, so I email throughout the day.

Do you have a secret email address that few people know?

No, I’m accessible to everyone and there’s no hierarchy.

What time do you go home?

I try to be home for 6.30pm so that I can spend time with my son before he goes to sleep, read him his bedtime story and put him to bed at 7.30pm. My team know that I’ll clock on again once Isaac is settled after 8pm, and reply to emails or take calls. My clients also know that.

What time do you go to bed?


How much sleep do you get?

Six to seven hours. I’m the mum of a three-year-old: you survive on what you can get! I thoroughly recommend ginseng and David Kirschvitamins.

What is your weekend like?

Isaac time, peppered with the odd bit of work when he’s sleeping.

Hans Vestberg

Hans Vestberg – “Early.” Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hans Vestberg, CEO, Ericsson

What time do you get up?

It varies, but usually early.

What time do you start sending emails?

No day is similar to another, but usually mail is part of my start of the day. Our company never sleeps: we have business in 180 countries, so there are no real mornings or nights.

Do you email first thing?

I often exercise (running or gym), especially when I am travelling.

What time are you at your desk?

Flexible on time but seldom after 8am.

Do you email only at fixed times?

I read mails throughout the day but answer mails more in the morning and evening.

Do you have a secret email address that few people know?

No, my mail address is open for anyone and I read all my mails by myself.

What time do you go home?

It depends on the day’s activities. If I am in Sweden, I try to get home to be with my children. I can do work after that from home.

What time do you go to bed?

Quite late.

How much sleep do you get?

It varies, but enough.

How much do you need?

Not too much.

When you wake up, do you leap out of bed immediately?


What is your weekend like?

I spend time with my family and exercise. Of course there’s no such thing as a “normal day” – depending on travel schedule and customer meetings, so the answers above are all approximations.

Helena Morrissey

Helena Morrissey – 5am. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Helena Morrissey, CEO, Newton investment

What time do you get up?

5am, sometimes earlier. I gets out of bed straight away and go downstairs to check and send emails on computer and BlackBerry. At 6.30am my children start to get up.

How much sleep do you get?

Five to six hours. This is as much to do with having nine children as having a business job, but I do end up feeling a bit sleep-deprived. There isn’t a lot of slack. I put on the washing about twice before I go to work. People make resolutions to do more things, but one of my ambitions for 2013 is to do slightly less. With children, you end up adjusting, and not needing so much sleep. But every now and again, you think: oh, I could do with a proper eight hours.

What time are you at your desk?

About eight. I’m on my BlackBerry all the time.

When do you go home?

Around 6pm. The whole family tends to eat together at about 7.30pm. I work after supper– sending more emails, often to US-based colleagues, or doing two hours of prep for the morning’s meetings. I try to get to bed around 10pm, and aim to be asleep by 11pm, but there’s usually one child who’s awake. With so many there’s bound to be one.

What is your weekend like?

On Saturday evening, the whole family tends to sit down and watch a movie. On Sunday mornings, the children do their homework, and I do mine. I spend Sunday evenings preparing the children’s schoolbags for the week ahead. It takes a little while, organising that many children, making sure the girls don’t go off with the boys’ stuff. I have done that occasionally.

Heather Rabbatts

Heather Rabbatts – 6am

Heather Rabbatts, non-executive director of the Football Association

What time do you get up?

I am usually up by 6am, but wake earlier. I’ve always been an early riser. I love that sense of quiet first thing in the morning as the world (well, those of us on GMT) wakes up.

What time do you start sending emails?

By 8am – sometimes earlier, depending on what is on my mind.

Do you email first thing?

If I’m in London, I start the day with a cup of tea and a digestive biscuit. If I’m home in Kent, I feed my two spaniels, have a cup of tea and defend my digestive biscuits from being snaffled by my crafty dogs.

What time are you at your desk?

I’m a bit of a wandering minstrel: my day often begins with breakfast meetings, before I head to my desk.

Do you email throughout the day, or do you have fixed times at which you send messages?

I usually send emails throughout the day and into the evening. My business partners are in New York and LA, so emails/calls extend my working hours.

Do you have a secret email address that few people know?

If I did, I wouldn’t say.

What time do you go home?

It varies as I usually have evening engagements.

Do you work from home in the evening?

I try not to work too much from home in the evening, but it depends what’s going on.

What time do you go to bed?

I don’t have a regular bedtime.

How much sleep do you get?

My sleep patterns vary. I used to be a bad sleeper – ie a virtual insomniac – but I’m getting better with age. I’m always up early, I never need an alarm and am instantly awake.

Do you feel tired?

Who doesn’t, sometimes?

What is your weekend like?

I walk the dogs; try to learn to ride my horse, who continually sees tigers lurking behind trees; spend time with my partner and friends. And smile, because life is to be lived!

Vittorio Colao

Vittorio Colao – 6am. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Vittorio Colao, CEO, Vodafone

He gets up at 6am, exercises for 40 minutes then works continuously through the day with constant emails and meetings (“because people need to progress with decisions and logistics, and technology today allows everybody to be always in contact”). He works through until about 10.45pm – with a brief pause for dinner with his family – before going to sleep by 11.30pm. Weekends consist of four hours of exercise, then the remainder is split between time with his wife and children and preparing for the following week’s work.