Top 15 Young Geeks - Class of 2021

Luke Draper

Luke Draper

  • Organisation: Hero Entertainment
  • Role: Owner and Lead Developer

Luke's Biography

Luke Draper (BaPVA Hons. Wits 015) is a performer, theatre technician and game designer who founded Hero Entertainment in 018 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 9 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 (, competed internationally in Hackathons and Game Jams and has started an online gallery (Which achieved a nomination for the Roshgold Young Business Achiever Award 01) all with intentions to jumpstart the South African arts sector. 


He has had projects shortlisted for the Huawei Innovation Awards in 00 and won Best Gaming Solution at the MTN App of the year awards 00. 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<br><br> - Muhammad AliIf 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 hig

- Luke Draper

Luke's Work

    • Creator of, an online art gallery created to showcase and provide artists with a means to make a living. 
    • Current Technical Director of &SCENE, a theatre based streaming network that raised R00 000 for a number of charities during the 00 lockdown and has created online escape rooms. 
    • Created A number of AR theatre based games including Musical Theatre Roulette as well as a proudly South African filter "Kiffmeter" posted on the instagram account HeroEntertainment58. 
    • As well as using Augmented Reality and social media for protest with the LightSARed campaign filter. 
    • #1 Music based game "RapSteady". 
    • time nominee for Hauwei Innovation awards 00. Winner of Best Gaming Solution at MTN App of the year Awards 00.

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