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The United States Embassy in South Africa has selected Silicon Cape, in partnership with HackOn, GirlHype and The Loudhailer, to implement the project, Hackathons for South Africa: Digital Solutions for Real World Challenges.
The first hackathon will kick off on 22 November 2019 in Cape Town and will focus on gender-based violence. Each event will see between 30 and 50 participants – including emerging software developers, IT professionals, trainers, civil society organisations, academics and professionals with expertise relevant to the theme – coming together to develop solutions to these issues. The purpose of each hackathon is to upskill attendees on the topics at hand and introduce them to new technologies and information to better understand the subject matter.
Will Stevens, Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town says: “As the cradle of the fourth industrial revolution, the United States understands the tremendous impact that crowd-sourcing and digital creativity can have in solving the tough problems in our societies. That is why we are so proud to sponsor Silicon Cape’s upcoming series of Hackathons in South Africa. We believe that these programmes will bring top coders, young entrepreneurs and civic activists together to help address tough issues in South African society.”
“We are incredibly proud to have been selected and this honour further proves that the Cape is indeed considered a hub for innovation. We look forward to seeing the solutions that emerge from the hackathons and how they can benefit South Africans,” adds Silicon Cape Chairperson, Dr Sumarie Roodt.
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