National 4.8.2016 02:31 pm

City of CPT to host hackathon over Khayelitsha challenges

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Those participating will be assisted and mentored by the Cape Craft and Design Institute, which will provide insight on how to address issues.

The City of Cape Town has on Thursday said that an all-day hackathon aimed at tackling community challenges will take place in Khayelitsha in mid-August.

At the 24-hour event, called the Smart Communities Hackathon, teams will aim to find innovative solutions to existing challenges in communities.

“The issues that these teams will look at include the incremental upgrading of informal settlements, safety and security, water and sanitation, healthcare, and education,” said Priya Reddy, spokesperson for the City of Cape Town.

Reddy said the focus areas were identified at a pre-event meeting which involved all relevant stakeholders: “The aim of that meeting was to identify the most pressing challenges experienced in the area.”

Those participating will be assisted and mentored by the Cape Craft and Design Institute, which will provide insight on how to address issues.

The winning team who comes up with the strongest ideas and solutions will walk away with a cash prize of R10 000, while its leader will participate in a three-month VeloCiTi incubation programme with the Bandwidth Barn.

The hackathon – which is typically an event where people, namely the IT community, get together to collaborate on a project – forms part of the 2016 SA Innovation Summit. On the official event website, the summit is described as, “a platform for nurturing, developing, and showcasing South African innovation”.

The hackthon, which takes place from August 19 to 20, is preceded by a full-day workshop at the V&A Waterfront on August 17. The main event of the 2016 summit will take place in Ekurhuleni from September 21 to 24.

Those Khayelitsha residents wanting to find out more about the hackathon should contact Chris Vermeulen on 082 312 5065, via e-mail on chris@letstalk.org.za, or register online at http://innovationsummit.co.za/smart-community-hackathon/.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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