In celebration of women’s month, GirlCode will be hosting its annual GirlCode Hackathon which aims to showcase the tech skills of young female software developers. “The GirlCode Hackathon plays a large role in South Africa’s ecosystem by growing our pipeline of female software developers at the grassroots,” says Zandile Mkwanazi, GirlCode CEO.
The hackathon this year has attracted a lot of technology partners who are just as eager to see what the participants have to offer, one of those being the Mint Group who has partnered with GirlCode for close on 7 years now. The Mint Group Head of People, Lauren Clark says, “We can see the value and impact of this hackathon event. We look forward to speaking with the participants and seeing what problems they solve using their technology skills.”
Taylor Kwong, CSI Manager at Vuma says: “We are proud to partner with GirlCode for the upcoming #GirlCodeHack, which is another step in bridging the digital literacy gap for young South Africans. 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.”
The hackathon is open to all female IT students and graduates who will work collaboratively to create a website, game or mobile app that addresses a selected real-world challenge.
Cape Town based-tech company Byte Orbit has also joined as a sponsor. “Byte Orbit has always strived to empower the youth through various initiatives in the company. We have fostered a culture of continuous learning and knowledge sharing, and encourage job shadowing and internships in various areas of the company. Our partnership with GirlCode has given us access to a bigger platform to support the youth of South Africa, and we look forward to seeing the young coders in action at the hackathon.”
“Now more than ever we need to intensify our efforts to include women and create equality in the workplace. The negative effects of the pandemic have impacted women significantly, with some of the gains that had been achieved being eroded. However, the pandemic has also brought with it some opportunities, those presented by the acceleration in technological advancements and digital transformation. This presents us with great opportunities to level the playing field and ensure women do not get left behind in the increasingly digital economies. It’s through partnerships and initiatives such as this one that the Takealot Group invests with the knowledge that the decisions and actions we take today will help secure future generations to achieve the generational equality we seek for women,” says Nomaxabiso Teyise, Head of Diversity, Transformation and Inclusion at the Takealot Group.
Environmental and social factors as the building blocks of a sustainable business are no longer a “nice to have” – it’s a “must” and Tarsus On Demand (TOD) takes social responsibility seriously,” says Mpho Nyembe, Brand & Program Manager at Tarsus On Demand.
The hackathon is open to:
Female IT students (1st – 4th year)
Recent graduates (less than 2 years experience)
It takes place from 6-7 August 2022
Cape Town Tickets: https://bit.ly/3m1aW0H
Johannesburg Tickets : https://bit.ly/3N6jm2M
Durban Tickets : https://bit.ly/3GH2ltB