Do you have tech solutions to help children at risk?

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German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said that “the test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” Building a solid future of the nation’s children is hugely important, and that is exactly why SA Innovation Summit Hackathon wants to help.

Over the course of 24 hours at the end of August, the hackathon aims to create mobile applications to benefit children most at risk in our society – and it needs your help.

By signing up to the SA Innovation Summit Hackathon, you will get to work alongside programmers, designers, creatives and early childhood development (ECD) practitioners to find and develop solution to help those in need.

“The focus of the hackathon will be in early childhood development (ECD). Global interest in ECD has been fueled by the overwhelming evidence that quality learning programmes stimulate individual growth and impact positively on national achievement. Early childhood development promotes greater equality, better health, better education, greater economic productivity and more social cohesion,” the Summit explained.

To participate in the event, which will be hosted by the Innovation Edge, IBM, Silicon Cape, all that you have to do is register online.

But not only will you be able to help children at risk, but IBM will be hosting Bluemix training event(s) a week before the Hackathon, providing access to the IBM Bluemix cloud platform, as well as technical support on the day.

“A platform such as the SA Innovation Summit offers many exciting possibilities for addressing challenges within the early learning space. We hope to harness the creative thinking and technological know-how of the people attending the Summit and encourage them to apply their skills to resolve problems that children in South Africa, and their care givers, face on a daily basis,” said Sonja Giese, Programme Leader at the Innovation Edge.

[Image – CC by 2.0/Cedric Lange]

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.