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Hack your way into Joburg’s digital success

Are you an innovative, entrepreneurial and tech savvy businessperson with a great idea for a digital product which will help your community? If so, the City of Joburg is looking for you to join its #Hack.Jozi Challenge.

#Hack.Jozi is a boot camp for start-up entrepreneurs who have created a digital product or have an idea for a digital product which will help solve common problems in their communities.

The City has made R5 million available for #Hack.Jozi and this will be used to support the successful start-ups who present the best ideas.

City of Joburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau today opened the #Hack.Jozi calls for proposals process.

“#Hack.Jozi is for those people who want to make a difference in their respective communities by developing digital solutions to everyday problems,” Mayor Tau says.

Those who are chosen by our panel of experts will have access to a portion of the R5 million which has been set aside to support digital start-up enterprises in the city.

Entering the competition is easy. All that an applicant needs to do is create a video which explains their product and idea. This clip must then be loaded onto YouTube. From here on the applicant must visit www.hackjozichallenge.co.za to upload their video details and fill-out an entry form on the website.

Interested entrepreneurs have until February 15th to enter.

“This programme is all about innovation with a heart. It is about smart business ideas that make a difference in communities across Johannesburg. It is also about driving digital business growth which forms a big part of our economic plans for the city,” Mayor Tau says.

The call for proposals will be followed by a strict pre-screening by a technical team of experts. The final decision-making committee will thereafter select the awardees.

The awardees will be brought to Jozi’s digital hub in the heart of Braamfontein where they will have access to various resources, mentors, advisors as well as Johannesburg partners to help make their vision of helping their respective communities a reality.

This will be followed by a month long process of intensive business training, technical Hackathons and a demo day where the winners will be required to demonstrate their business value proposition.

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Issued on behalf of City of Joburg:

Nthatisi Modingoane
Deputy Director: Media Relations
City of Johannesburg
Tel:011 4077354
Cell:082 4679228
Email:nthathisem@joburg.org.za