REGISTER FOR THE EPF TECH HUB X DIGITAL GCR HACKATHON
Here at the Empire Partner Foundation Tech Hub, we don’t just showcase the most innovative technology in the country. We look for ways to use this technology to make a real difference in the world. That’s why our mission is #BuildingAfricaThroughTech.
We would like to invite all developers, influencers, activists and visionaries to attend our next EPF Tech Hub Hackathon. Although it may look like it, Hackathon’s aren’t just about hacking. According to Wikipedia, the most reliable academic source in the world (just kidding), a Hackathon is a design sprint-like event; often, in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, domain experts, and others collaborate intensively on software projects. The goal of a hackathon is to create functioning software or hardware by the end of the event.
Our Hackathon will take place from 14-15 December 2020 at our headquarters in Illovo, Sandton. Food and drinks will be provided to attendees and we will be giving out awesome cash prizes to the winning teams. The event will be limited to 30 people, so make sure you register in advance by visiting our website and completing the short Google Form.
We look forward to meeting you!
The Gauteng City-Region is an integrated cluster of cities, towns and urban nodes that together make up the economic heartland of South Africa. The core of the city-region is Gauteng, South Africa’s smallest but most densely populated province. Beyond the boundaries of the Gauteng province is a wider urban region of smaller centres and population concentrations, including Rustenburg, Sasolburg, Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp, Witbank, Middelburg and Secunda.
The Gauteng City-Region contributes a significant proportion of South Africa’s economic output, with its different areas, focused on mining, manufacturing, financial and business services, innovation and trade. This region is the country’s centre of trade with Southern Africa and beyond. In 2018, the Gauteng produced 34.94% of the national GDP.
Statistics South Africa's July 2020 mid-year population estimate puts the current population of Gauteng at 15 488 137, with approximately 450 000 people relocating to the province each year in search of economic opportunity. This rapid urbanisation places immense pressure on resource and makes planning, an already complex task, even more challenging. It also creates a ripple effect in terms of poverty, unemployment and social exclusion.
General and easily accessible information about the Gauteng City Region has not been available in the Gauteng City Region. This has resulted in frustration, poor planning and poor service delivery. We plan to address this problem through the creation of a new Digital Gauteng City Region platform. The platform will bring together existing and new information, opportunities and useful information via an e-platform for the public good, including current planning challenges and poor service delivery. The platform will provide a digital ecosystem where innovators can deeply understand challenges in real-time in order to develop comprehensive, tech-focused solutions.