All-female hackathon to take place in South Africa

All-female hackathon to take place in South Africa
All-female hackathon to take place in South Africa.

GirlCode is aiming to empower young girls and women through technology. This is why they’ve announced the dates for their sixth and last annual GirlCode Hackathon. The event is set to take place on the 3rd & 4th August 2019 in Cape Town and Pretoria.

The #GirlCodeHack has developed into the largest all-female hackathon in South Africa, with over 300 participants expected. 

“It’s amazing to see how much the #GirlCodeHack initiative has grown, looking back to 2014 we only had 30 girls in Pretoria and now it seems unreal that we have grown so much in such a short space of time having hosted the hackathon in 3 cities and over 300 female tech students,” says Zandile Keebine, co-founder of GirlCode.

“The reason we started the hackathons was to create awareness and building a community around programming. We believe have achieved this over the years and would like to focus our resources to now teaching girls programming skills through our other initiatives”

The hackathon is open to students who are currently studying towards an I.T related degree or recent graduates with less than 2 years of work experience. The aim is to bring together emerging software developers, graphic designers, user interface designers and business analysts and inspire them to develop creative and tech-savvy digital solutions based on last years’ theme: “Technology as an enabler to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals“.

#GirlCodeHack has been about fostering a culture of learning amongst the girls with prizes that focus on enabling the participants to continue improving their technical and soft skills.

“GirlCodeHack has also become a platform for companies to recruit female tech talent and so we are always excited to partner with as many companies as possible to help make the event a success,” says Zandile. “We’ve made a promise to continue to incentivise them with learning opportunities and exposure in different avenues.”

Edited by Jenna Cook

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