The City of Johannsburg is offering a share of R5 million to tech-minded individuals who can come up with digital solutions to the city’s problems.
The #Hack.Jozi Challenge calls on individuals and teams with an entrepreneurial spirit to come up with creative digital solutions to some of Joburg’s biggest problems, including load shedding, traffic, potholes, billing issues.
The initiative is being run by the City of Johannesburg and the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University.
“No issue is too big or small. Issues that can be addressed include everything from access to healthcare to affordable education,” the organisers said.
“If you have an idea about how you can use technology to help your community, we want to hear from you.”
Anyone can enter, bar Government employees, and applicants can be individuals or teams, living in the Johannesburg area with a valid South African ID. No technical background is required.
“You don’t need to have technical experience, but this is an opportunity to formulate partnerships. #Hack.Jozi may assist you to find tech partners but it is important to have those skills to move forward to the next round, should your idea be selected.”
Applicants will need to apply by creating a YouTube video, with the deadline for entries on 6 March 2015.
What you can win
The winners will work with IBM’s Bluemix, a cloud-based open-standards platform for building, managing and running apps provided as-a-service in the cloud.
The chosen individuals and team will also join the Jozi digital hub in Braamfontein, where they will have access to various resources, mentors, advisors as well as partners to make their vision of helping their community a reality.
This will also entail a month long process of intensive business training, technical hackathons and a demo day where the winners will be required to showcase their business value proposition.
“Once selected, award winners will receive membership to Jozi’s digital hub plus a cash amount. Technical support and mentorship will also be provided. The final award winners will also receive one year free hosting credit for their business applications from IBM,” the team said.