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South Africa: Cortex Hub to host women’s hackathon

August 13, 2015 • Events, Southern Africa, Top Stories

Female Hackathon

women’s hackathon from 25 to 27 August, 2015. (Image Credit: fastcompany.net)

The Cortex Hub, a technology incubator, research lab and entrepreneurial hub in East London’s Industrial Development Zone revealed that it will hold a 72-hour women’s hackathon from 25 to 27 August, 2015.

The Hackathon is aimed at showcasing the talents of women in software development, and encouraging them to become involved in the world of technology through the creation of solutions using technology.

The hackathon is expected to attract over 100 women from across Africa who are currently studying computer science, who are already in a technology-related field, as well as women who are software developers by profession.

Teams comprising up to five women will spend the first 24 hours coming up with solutions affecting societal problems and women today.  Solutions may, for example include child development, women’s health, work-life-business balance, assisting rural women to upskill, and even ways to help more women become scientists.  The only criteria is that technology must be part of the solution. During the next 48 hours, participants will be coding and developing solutions to the problems that affect all types of women.

A panel of judges including three top women software engineers from Facebook, will vote on which team creates the best solution. Delegates will by vying for a prize of R150,000.

Running alongside the hackathon on 26 and 27 August is a conference targeted at career-focused women. The keynote speakers will include Veronica Motloutsi, Vodacom’s head of online and Self- International Markets Service and will cover topics focusing on:

– How to use social media to address inequality
– Bridging the Gender Divide
– Leadership in the Connected World We Live In.

In addition, the two-day event will cover over 12 other burning topics on women today. Highlights include how women can utilise science and technology to tackle global problems in women’s health; technology’s role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle; and social impact investing.

Entry is free for all hackers. To register visit www.womenhackersunite.com

Staff Writer

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