Luke Draper


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Luke Draper's Biography

Luke Draper (BaPVA Hons. Wits 2015) is a performer, theatre technician and game designer who founded Hero Entertainment in 2018 with the purpose of redefining play and merging arts and technology together specialising in mobile game development and Augmented Reality (AR).

He has produced games such as RapSteady that made it to the number 1 spot on the Apple Appstore in the music game category and has created an Instagram filter portfolio that as of today, has been seen by 29 million people, with its most popular filter being “Musical Theatre Roulette”. As well as a proudly South African filter “How Kiff Are You?” created for local artist The Kiffness.

During the pandemic he acts as the Technical Director for South Africa’s theatre based streaming network, &SCENE (www.andscene.live), competed internationally in Hackathons and Game Jams and has started an online gallery www.indieartafrica.com (Which achieved a nomination for the Roshgold Young Business Achiever Award 2021) all with intentions to jumpstart the South African arts sector.

He has had 2 projects shortlisted for the Huawei Innovation Awards in 2020 and won Best Gaming Solution at the MTN App of the year awards 2020. Currently he is involved in the MTN young developers programme as well as the Global Young Innovators programme, where 30 innovators from South Africa and 30 from the UK work collectively for 3 months on creative problem solving solutions.

Projects on the horizon include working with the Art and Technology institutes in America as well as creating educational materials for the Two Oceans Aquarium funded by the Global Young Innovators program with his co-developer from the UK.


Favourite Quote

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough

- Muhammad Ali


Dear South African Geeks,


I honestly think South Africans as problems solvers are built differently and we don’t give ourselves enough credit for it. If you can meet deadlines where half the time we don’t have electricity or a reliable public transport system, coupled with high data costs and spotty connectivity, then you’ve achieved more than those that would give up experiencing just one of those issues.

- Luke Draper


Luke Draper's Work
  • www.indieartafrica.com

    An online art gallery created to showcase and provide artists with a means to make a living.

  • Musical Theatre Roulette

    An AR theatre based game

  • LightSARed campaign filter

    Using Augmented Reality and social media for protest.

  • RapSteady

    RapSteady is a random word generator that pairs words created every 15 seconds with a random track. Creativity and skill are tested 105 seconds at a time. Are you creative enough to keep up?