Extreme Sports give Team building a Huge Boost

Knowledge transfer made easy

Knowledge transfer networks are only as strong as the team that keep them together. It’s easy to get sucked into the technical side of the industry and find yourself isolated for hours on end in front of a computer terminal, punching away on those keys. Sure we love what we do, but sometimes we forget how to be human. Spending every waking hour in front of a computer screen managing the transfer of information via the networks is what drives us, but at the same time, without a healthy balance we burn out. I recently chatted to Alain Lawson of ITN about a team building exercise he took his entire networking department on. Not just one day, but a 10 day rejuvenation break. The ITN team flew to Cape Town South Africa, where they rested for a week and took part in some adrenaline filled team building activities.

Extreme sports, the latest buzz words that keep popping up, whether you are chilling in a hammock reading your favourite travel magazine, driving down a high way filled with billboards, or flicking through TV channels, you can’t escape it, extreme sports are being advertised everywhere.

It is in your face from morning to night, and before you can help yourself, you are wondering what it would feel like to soar through the air like a bird, or maybe even breathe under water like a fish.

Lucky for us due to great advances in the sporting industry extreme sports are no longer only suited to adrenaline junkies. The safety precautions taken and basically fail proof equipment should encourage even the least adrenalin-junky-esque person to try it out.

Tandem Paragliding being one of the favourites for novices. All you have to do is show up, comfortably dressed, wearing closed shoes conducive to running, and before you know it you will be up in the air with an experienced pilot guiding you over oceans, lakes and mountains while you get to sit back and take photos. What more could you ask for? Skywings is a Cape Town company that specializes in tandem paragliding above Cape Town.

Other than an introduction and run through of what you should expect during your flight, there is no training needed before hand or any specific experience required. Tandem paragliding is truly the gateway to extreme sports. Expect to get hooked. The wonder and thrill of the occasion will leave you wanting more. More freedom, more thrill, more unbelievable experiences, more feeling alive and in awe.

What causes an adrenaline rush you might ask? After all, the rush is what makes thrill seekers return time and time again. Searching for deeper trenches to dive and higher mountains to climb.  Adrenaline is in fact a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, situated at the top of the kidneys. This hormone is referred to as a stress hormone and is secreted when the brain preserves a threat, either imaginary or real, and plays an important part the body’s fight-or-flight reaction.

The most extreme sports out there include events such as, Volcano Surfing, Creaking, Cave Diving, and Free Soloing, where and individual will climb up sheer rock faces without any ropes or harnesses for protection. Currently Alex Honnold (aged 31), having started climbing at the age of 11 is currently considered the best of his generation.

Skywings paragliding  in Cape Town was the perfect choice for the crew from ITN Networking. Skywings has a solid crew of experienced pilots that each have countless hours of flight time and know the conditions in Cape Town better than anyone. You are never too young or two old to try something new and the list of extreme sports are endless. I can only imagine it getting even longer in the future. How can it not? With people always combining already risky sports, trying to go faster, higher and deeper than those who have gone before. Choose one I say! An oldie but a goody like Inline Skating or something you have never heard of before, like Freestyle Power-risers Stilts, which is basically polo sticks attached to your legs while trying to do the most daring stunts.

I say let’s make 2017 a daring one! Choose an extreme sport, or two if you are daring, add it to your bucket list and incorporate it in your must-do list for this year. Let us challenge ourselves, our fears and our perceived limits. I read an article not too ago, that challenged the idea of “money can’t buy happiness”. It argued that money itself might not be enough to bring happiness, but money can buy experiences and those create happy memories, which in turn do indeed make you happy.

I will argue that the only way to truly understand the fascination with extreme sports is to try it. I am going to push hard for our team to get a well deserved break and adrenaline kickstart like the ITN team did. Let’s Live a Little !

European Interns in Africa share their knowledge

In the spirit of facilitating the transfer of knowledge via sustainable networks, we focus on African Sunrise Volunteers this week who are an agency in Cape Town making it so much easier for students to volunteer in South Africa. The agency is based in Cape Town and busy almost all of the time placing a large number of volunteers and interns in various projects in the area. African Sunrise have close ties with several Cape Town relief projects and community upliftment initiatives. The business is headed by Carina Roper who has a passion for helping underprivileged, abused, disadvantaged and battered people uplift themselves. This passion for helping others was the basis for her founding African Sunrise. The company specializes in assisting mainly European and American

swedes volunteer in Africa

students or graduates finding positions in charity projects in the Cape Town area, where they can put their specific skills and abilities to the test. Carina’s partner is a Swede who now spends most of her time in South Africa, but when she is back home in Sweden she spends a great deal of time promoting African Sunrise and creating an awareness among young Swedish people of how advantaged they are and how much they could be of use should they decide to take up an intern position in South Africa or become a volunteer in South Africa.

As a result a large number of the volunteers and interns that are placed by the agency are of a Swedish nationality. For those taking up an intern position, the opportunity to share their practical knowledge from their university studies is fantastic.


The agency is well known for it’s ability to place interns projects and initiatives that best utilize their specific field of study or knowledge. This is a unique situation where they are able to gain real life skills and experience in their field of study as well as benefiting the charity or project they are working with a great deal.

In years gone by it was popular for students to take a year off after completing their university degree or studies. This is quite understandable considering that they would have spent the last 12 to 15 years in learning institutions. The problem with this kind of blase gap year plan is that many student would not reap much benefit from the break. A large number would travel and end up in places like Ibiza, partying all night and sleeping all day. In many cases some of these students would return home with a drug or drinking problem and be disinterested in continuing on in their studies or profession. The concept of volunteering or interning in Africa or any other country that has a population in need of assistance, is a healthy way of spending time away from the learning institution and being of service to those in need. Most volunteers or interns that return from their experiences provided by African Sunrise volunteers, return home revitalized, grateful for their opportunity to have shared their knowledge and experience to help others through African Sunrise’s network of of organizations.

For many of the interns and volunteers the opportunity serves as a means to solidify their commitment to their profession or motivates them to further their studies in the fields they have chosen.

How do we share information ?

In the computer or IT industry, networks are continuously being built, enlarged and interconnected. The computer engineers will design a plan that sets out how they will link all the computer terminals in a building to each other, so that information can be easily transferred. The process involves connecting each terminal to routers and hubs with switches that control the connectivity of the information data flow. The computer engineers or network designers will probably connect some of the computers to the router wirelessly, whilst others will be plugged in with Ethernet cables. Eventually once the system is in place and the kinks have been ironed out, you could have 5 floor business office with over 300 computer terminals that are now able to share and communicate information back and forth instantly, with very little effort.

The World Wide Web is an exact replica of this example of an office networking system, but on a far greater scale. Now, every single computer in the world that is able to connect to the internet is able to communicate with each other. Primarily most internet users will use the web to access websites and webpages. If they know the exact web address or URL of the website they need to visit, they can simply type into their web browser using HTTP  (hyper text transfer protocol). Most people use search engines like Google or Bing to find what they are looking for. These “search engines” are incredibly powerful systems accessible via their own websites. The person searching for information visits the search engine’s website and types in a few words related to what they are looking for. For example, “cheap Nike running shoes in Edinburgh”. In milliseconds, the search engine will access its database of records and attempt to present that person with the most accurate information that it believes they are looking for. How does the search engine know all this stuff ? Well, every day, the search engine sends out thousands of robots or spiders that crawl the web endlessly indexing the pages and that they find and reporting it all back to home base, where it is classified, categorized and stored for quick retrieval should somebody type in a search request that match any of those criteria. The technology behind these search giants is incredible. Today, just about any piece of information dating as far back in history that you could imagine is accessible with a few simple keystrokes.  In some cases where the required knowledge is stored and sold as a book, there’s no need to go out to the library or book store, you can simply pay for it online and download it in seconds to be read on your digital device. There is absolutely no doubt about it, we are living in an age where the transfer of knowledge from one source to another is almost instantaneous. Not so long ago, it was considered “high tech” to attach a note to a carrier pigeon and hope it arrived at its destination, in order to send an important message.

These days entrepreneurs, independent researchers and enthusiasts are able to connect with each other via forums on the internet that are dedicated to their areas of interests. It’s possible that two people in completely different parts of the world are both trying develop something, solve a complex problem or simply fix a faulty appliance. Now they are able to find, connect and share information with each other extremely quickly without needing to ever meet each other.

KT Networks would like to become the leading source of information for people seeking knowledge they would not be able to find elsewhere. Our own team does a lot of research, but we still rely heavily on our readers and subscribers to reach out to us and share their own experiences with topics that we can all benefit from.