Hacking problems away!

On Saturday 23rd July, we hosted our very first hackathon ( and the first student hackathon after a long break).

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The theme of the hackathon was ‘Using technology to solve community problems’ . We had trainers from Google Developer Group CapeTown to assist with implementation, judges from Amazon Development Center and prizes from Facebook.

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The judging criteria was.

  1. Novelty
  2. Creativity
  3. Functionality
  4. Visual design
  5. Implementation effort.

With each team consisting of at least one female member, participants formed a diverse group from Second year to Honors students. Even though the time was very short to produce Minimum Viable Products , teams managed to impress the judges with prototypes that not only solved community problems but were practical too. The prototypes solved various problems from student security to employment to housing to learning. There is definitely power in diversity. We would like to congratulate the winners below for their effort and creativity.

  1. Team Donata. The team consisted of Alfred Mothapo, Fanelesibonge Mbuyazi and Khomotjo Modipa. They made an application to facilitate donation of biomatter such as blood, bone marrow, organs and postmortem body among others. They had a winning strategy right from the start and walked away with exclusive goodies from Facebook. Optimized-DSC01388
  2. Second place was a tie between team ‘Ride With Me’ and team Ukuya .Team ‘Ride With Me’ was made of all females: Alexandra Nel, Carla Wilby and Chelsea Tobias. They made an application for ride sharing on campus.  Team Ukuya was made of Laura Cohen, Devin Stickells, Thomas Tumiel, Mogamat Nur Ally and Mathieu Maury-Jheengoor . They made an application to connect people who want to walk together. Students studying on campus at night will definitely find use in this app.Optimized-DSC01390
  3. Honorable mention: Team —. The team was made of Phashe Makanatleng , Mmapule Ramonyai, Philasande Nkatana, Siphosihle Simelane and Enathi Booi. This team made a web application to learn the different South African languages. Forget duolingo, this team will teach the local languages as we speak them. We were even more impressed by the fact they were first years. Optimized-DSC01363
  4.  Congrats to all the participating teams, you definitely showed great skill and effort. Keep up the spirit!

All in all, it was fun filled Saturday with lots of food, swag , ideas and networking.DSC01221-min

We appreciate the support of our sponsors Amazon and Facebook and partners Google Developer Group CapeTown  for making this event possible. Being the first hackathon means there are many more to come. Stay tuned!

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