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GirlCode Hackathon returns with R60 000 cash prize in August

The month of August is Women’s Month in South Africa and GirlCode will be hosting hackathons throughout South Africa to mark the occassion.

Now in its seventh year, the GirlCode Hackathon 2022 will be taking place in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban from 6th – 7th August. The hackathon for 2022 will sport a R60 000 cash prize, as well as R1 000 vouchers from Takealot.

“The GirlCode Hackathon plays a critical role in South Africa’s innovation ecosystem by growing our pipeline of female software developers at the grassroots,” chief executive officer at GirlCode, Zandile Mkwanazi. “Everyone who participates comes away with new skills, ideas and networks that will continue to fuel our innovation into the future.”

The hackathon is open to female students studying an IT related course, as well as graduates with less than two years working experience. Participants will work together to create a website, a game or an app that addresses a real world challenge. Registration costs R50, but food and drinks will be provided throughout the weekend of the hackathon.

The event also welcomes a new sponsor for 2022, Vuma.

“Vuma is proud to partner with GirlCode for the upcoming #GirlCodeHack, which is another step in bridging the digital literacy gap for young South Africans,” says Taylor Kwong, corporate social investment manager at Vuma.

“Our mission is to enable opportunities for individuals and communities to allow them to flourish and realise their full potential, an ethos that aligns strongly with GirlCode’s goals. We are excited to be part of a movement that is passionate about igniting the spark for young women and girls to develop an interest in coding and the STEM fields, allowing them to be at the forefront of innovation,” adds Kwong.

Details for the event in each city it is being hosted, as well as links to purchase tickets and register follow on below.

GirlCode Hackathon Cape Town (6th – 7th August)

Venue: Watershed, 17 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Registration Link.

GirlCode Hackathon Durban (6th – 7th August)

Venue: 12 Browns Rd, Point, Durban

Registration Link.

GirlCode Hackathon Johannesburg (6th – 7th August)

Venue: Ext 15, 8 Incubation Drive Riverside View, Fourways, Midrand

Registration Link.

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