Township Tech Hackathon: Calling all Cape Town technologists and entrepreneurs

Township Tech Hackathon
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The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) invites Cape Town Township technologists, tech students and entrepreneurs to an online hackathon taking place on 19, 20 and 21 February 2021. The aim of the initiative is to assist with innovative solutions that will not only promote growth but also provide opportunities for new businesses and tech ideas to gain exposure and potential investment.

Cape Town based technologists wanting to make a difference and come up with innovative solutions to our hackathon themes and challenges are encouraged to participate and enter the hackathon competition. Teams of between two to five members should register before the online briefing on the 19th February 2021.

Team members will submit their pitch videos detailing their plans for the hackathon themes and problem statements on Sunday 21st February at 14:00 and nine finalists will be announced on Monday 22nd February 2021.

“The main purpose of the Township Tech initiative is to build capability and strengthen Township Technology solutions”, says Ian Merrington, Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative.

Participants will be the given the opportunity to solve problems in safety and security, service delivery and support as well as increased connectivity with a specific focus on the Western Cape and South African township environment. To get the full details of the hackathon themes and problem statements, entrants must enter the hackathon competition here:

All of the hackathon finalists will go into a massive pitch competition in March 2021. The final pitch winners could receive a R5 000 cash prize, three months free co-working space at the Bandwidth Barn, a 10-month online entrepreneurial programme as well as the creation of a promotional marketing video for their businesses.

Finalists will be judged on the effectiveness of their solution, how easily the solution can be implemented as well as the overall utilisation of tech creativity to support the product/solution.

The Township Tech Hackathon is a component of the TownshipTech project being run by CITI for the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

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