The vision for The Dream Brew was conceived early in 2016. At the time, our goal was to host an event where we could inspire engineers to dream, to challenge engineers to follow their hearts, and to educate them of the work of EWB-SA and open up opportunities for collaboration.
Over the next few months, The Dream Brew gained momentum. A small team of Engineers began planning, sourcing venues, contacting speakers, and learning how to host an event of the highest calibre. Meetings took place in a small pub in Newlands in the evenings, but the real work took place late into the night, week after week.
The event took place on 1 August 2016 at Beerhouse, a legendary social hub on Long Street, in Cape Town’s city centre. Doors opened at 18h30, with the pre-sale of tickets almost a complete sell out. By 19h30, the venue was packed with 80 guests, which included engineering professionals and students, scientists, lawyers, programmers, business executives and entrepreneurs. The venue was electric!
Guest speakers for the night included Adriana Marias (MARS 1), Blake Dyason (Love our Trails), Felix Holm (Maker Stations) and Wiebke Toussaint (CEO and co-founder at EWB-SA). Each shared from their personal journey, captured the guest’s imagination, and perhaps gave permission for each person to explore their own personal journey.
The Dream Brew was an overwhelming success, and has opened up a host of new opportunities for collaboration and future initiatives for EWB-SA. The feedback which continues being received has been incredible, and we are so overwhelmed with the support. The Dream Brew will be back, and will soon be venturing out into unchartered waters. This is only the beginning!
* From the EWB-SA team, we would like to most humbly thank Beerhouse, Adriana Marias, Blake Dyason, Felix Holm, Curtis Chong, and the entire EWB-SA team who supported the event. To everyone who attended, we cannot thank you enough for your support. We welcome your feedback, and look forward to seeing you soon – at the next Dream Brew.
Written by Sammie Chimusoro and Simon Starck
Photographs courtesy of Curtis Pow Chong. Follow @curtipowow on Instagram