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GovHackSA Cape Town

GovHackSA Cape Town

The #GovHackSA ran as part of an official World Design Capital Event in May 2014 at the offices of 22seven in Cape Town. It was a free,  day-long coding marathon for novice and experienced developers and coders to create new and novel solutions to problems posed to #GovHackSA by the City of Cape Town.   The event took months of planning with City Ministers and Councilmen to open data and create usable data sets that the teams could intergrate and use in their applications. This is a follow on from the new Open Data policy that is in draft stages of being passed in parliament.   There were 3 challenges set, each participant could chose which challenge they wanted to work on, and teams were formed organically. The keynote speakers for this edition was Gertus Byleveld from Journey who highlighted their partnership with Silicon Cape and encourages all developers to turn their applications in businesses.   #GovHackSA were also lucky to have the USA based team from SendGrid who are scoping out South Africa to see the current entrepreneurial and tech landscape. “Cape Town Community giving feedback to city government. More important, Government  representatives show up to listen” quoted by Tim Falls from SendGrid. There were three challenges. Each participant could choose which challenge they wanted to work on, and teams were formed organically.   Some chose to jump right into coding while others brainstormed ideas. Over 40 enthusiast community members supported and attended the hackathon at the offices of 22seven in Cape Town.   Mentors from coding and business backgrounds attended to help coach and facilitate the teams during the day. “Technologies ability to significantly improve and disrupt government services while radically reducing costs has to be one of the biggest opportunities in Africa today, I hope to bring some of my learnings building one of Africa’s largest e-commerce companies to the event” by Daniel Guasco - ex Groupon.   The challenges for the day were:

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