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GirlCode announces dates for last annual hackathon

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GirlCode, a social enterprise that aims to empower young girls and women through technology announces the dates for their sixth and last annual GirlCode Hackathon on the 3rd & 4th August 2019 in Cape Town and Pretoria.

GirlCode, a social enterprise that aims to empower young girls and women through technology announces the dates for their sixth and last annual GirlCode Hackathon on the 3rd & 4th August 2019 in Cape Town and Pretoria.

The GirlCodeHack has developed into the largest all-female hackathon in South Africa, with over 300 participants expected. “It’s amazing to see how much the GirlCodeHack initiative has grown, looking back to 2014 we only had 30 girls in Pretoria and now looking back it seems unreal that we have grown so much in such a short space of time having hosted the hackathon in 3 cities and over 300 female tech students.”, says Zandile Keebine, co-founder of GirlCode

“The reason we started the hackathons was to create awareness and building a community around programming. We believe have achieved this over the years and would like to focus our resources to now teaching girls programming skills through our other initiatives”

The hackathon is open to students who are currently studying towards an I.T related degree or recent graduates with less than 2 years work experience. The aim is to bring together emerging software developers, graphic designers, user interface designers and business analysts and inspire them to develop creative and tech-savvy digital solutions based on last years’ theme: “Technology as an enabler to tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals“.

#GirlCodeHack has been about fostering a culture of learning amongst the girls with prizes that focus on enabling the participants to continue improving their technical and soft skills.

Last year as part of the prizes many girls received Udemy vouchers; an online learning platform with various technical courses. “With my Udemy voucher I was able to get eight courses, last year I did Database and Linux which helped me a lot preparing for database and operating systems exams. Over festive season I started Android and Raspberry Pi which is going to help me with my final project which we are expected to do after the internship” says Neliswa Khumalo, one of the 2018 GirlCodeHack winners.

“GirlCodeHack has also become a platform for companies to recruit female tech talent and so we are always excited to partner with as many companies as possible to help make the event a success” says Zandile “We make a promise to our girlcoders that we will continue to incentivise them with learning opportunities and exposure in different avenues”

The 2019 GirlCodeHack would not have been possible without the partnership with Innovation Hub, Workshop 17, AWS, RS Components, Ericsson and many more.

Innovation Hub: We are proud and honoured to be hosting the GirlCodeHack in collaboration with GirlCode, Ericsson and AWS, this event has gotten the attention of so many females in the tech industry. We are looking forward to seeing the talent and creativity of all of the participants and the incredible solutions that they will come up with to solve challenges that have been put forward to assist to help make the world a better place”- Advocate Pieter Holl, CEO of The Innovation Hub.

Tickets for GirlCodeHack are available through Quicket at R50 - https://qkt.io/USme9a

Sponsorship packages are still open for companies looking to make an impact in driving the female young towards technology.

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