Joburgers loves to complain. If it’s not about load shedding or traffic, it’s about the potholes or city billing issues. Well, here’s your chance to do something about the city’s problems. The #Hack.Jozi Challenge wants to pay you for your ideas that will turn Jozi into the city that we all want to live in.

Zolani Matebese, the head of broadband at the City of Johannesburg, said: “Your digital solution to a problem in Jozi could be the ticket to launching your start-up. With prizes valued at R5 million at stake, the #Hack.Jozi Challenge wants to find the most innovative digital ideas to enrich the lives of the people of Joburg.”

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. Application takes the form of a YouTube video and online application form. The deadline for entries is 6 March 2015.

The #Hack.Jozi Challenge is an initiative between the City of Johannesburg and the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University. Award winners will leverage IBM’s Bluemix, a cloud-based platform which is an open-standards platform for building, managing and running apps of all types such as web, mobile, big data and smart devices, provided as-a-service in the cloud.

Matebese added: “The #Hack.Jozi Challenge is a boot camp for start-up entrepreneurs and our aim is to contribute towards fostering skills, innovation and entrepreneurship in the broad area of digital technology,”

Anyone can enter. Applicants can be individuals or teams, must live in the Johannesburg area and have a valid South African ID. Government employees are not eligible.


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