Calling all Township technologists and entrepreneurs to join the Township tech hackathon Calling all Township technologists and entrepreneurs to join the Township tech hackathon
The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) invites Cape TownTownship technologists, tech students and entrepreneurs to an onlinehackathon taking place on 19, 20 and... Calling all Township technologists and entrepreneurs to join the Township tech hackathon

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
online: http://bit.ly/2MVB8vR [1]

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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