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The City of Cape Town will host a 24-hour hackathon in Khayelitsha as part of this year’s SA Innovation Summit. The marathon event will challenge teams to identify and solve the most pressing needs of communities. Read more below:

This year the collaboration between the City of Cape Town and the SA Innovation Summit (SAIS) features a high-impact hackathon with lasting results.

A 24-hour Smart Communities Hackathon will take place in Khayelitsha from 19 – 20 August 2016 and give a voice to the wider region to identify and solve their most important community needs.

The main event of the 2016 Innovation Summit will take place in Ekurhuleni from 21 – 24 September, with a number of lead-up events taking place in Cape Town from 17 – 20 August 2016.

This year’s co-creation programme will kick off with a full-day workshop at the V&A Waterfront on 17 August 2016, focusing on issues around growing the opportunities that the City offers and building smart techno-driven communities.The SA Innovation team invites residents to an inspirational session which will be packed with prosperous international and local speakers leading successful industries.

The second event is the marathon hackathon, where multidisciplinary teams are invited to find new perspectives and solutions to 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.

‘These focus areas were identified at a pre-event meeting with community leaders, organisations, ward representatives and stakeholders. The aim of that meeting was to identify the most pressing challenges experienced in the area,’ said Spokesperson for the City of Cape Town, Priya Reddy.

Hackathon participants will be assisted by the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), mentors and facilitators to guide and give them insight on issues that have to be addressed.

The winning team with the strongest idea will walk away with a cash prize of R10 000, and the team’s leader will also get to participate in a three-month VeloCiTi incubation programme with Africa’s leading incubator and accelerator establishment, Bandwidth Barn.

‘The City is striving to elevate Cape Town as an IT incubator and we are more than happy to be driving initiatives such as these to enhance community development through different channels,’ said Ms Reddy.

‘With this hackathon, we would like to see the communities involved realise increased prosperity and the amplification of the collective voice to increase the impact they have in the region,’ said the Chairperson of the SA Innovation Summit, Dr Audrey Verhaeghe.

For more information on the hackathon, residents should please contact Chris Vermeulen on082 312 5065 or via e-mail to chris@letstalk.org.za.

Hackers can register at http://innovationsummit.co.za/smart-community-hackathon/.

For more information on the 2016 SA Innovation Summit, residents should please visithttp://www.innovationsummit.co.za/, send e-mail to info@innovationsummit.co.za, or call082 708 1960.

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