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Nike and 5TUDIO hosted a workshop for young creatives in Braamfontein, where they were given an opportunity to come up with the tagline of Nike’s new shoe called Nike Sock Dart.

Siboniso Mncube, Sibangani Ncube, Sinethemba Masiku and Sipho Biyam are four of the 18 young, creative professionals who were handpicked through a selection process by South African creative authority to have participated in Nike’s recent Sock Dart Creative Hub experience in Braamfontein, and to go on to be selected to collaborate with Nike

They got the chance to interact with two of South Africa’s top creative minds, Gustav Greffrath and Grant Sithole, who both shared inspiring stories from their wealth of experience in the industry. They also networked with a few of their peers and were exposed to the way things work within the Nike brand before coming up with a few ideas of their own.

During the brainstorming sessions, the candidates asked to develop a new tagline for the launch of the Nike Sock Dart in South Africa in February, individually or in teams. At the final pitch, the eager students amazed the Nike creative team with their original, locally flavoured ideas. These were then looked at, and after much deliberation, the top three teams were awarded.

The ultimate winning team that won the panel over walked away with a R12 500 prize and an internship for two of the group members with creative agency Futura and a further two members from the runner-up teams also received an internship with Between 10 and 5.

“We are extremely excited to be the winning team. This opportunity of working with a big international brand like Nike means a lot to us as emerging black talent from the township”, said Siboniso Mncube on behalf of the winning team.

“When we developed the idea of a creative hub, we wanted to give young creatives an opportunity to meet with the top industry leaders in the country to challenge their creative thinking. The first ever Nike Sock Dart Creative Hub pulled together South Africa’s best young hungry minds and gave them an opportunity to get involved with a leading International brand, and in return, Nike was also able to tap into a pool of up-and-coming talent,” said Uno de Waal, managing director of Between 10 and 5.

The winning copy will be featured on social media and in retail in the month of February.