Santam and SA Innovation Summit to host biggest safety hackathon

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The South African Innovation Summit (SAIS) has partnered with Santam Limited and IBM South Africa, to host the country’s biggest safety hackathon.

The two-day Santam IoT Safety Hackathon, to be hosted in September during the summit, will bring together a diverse group of people with a wide range of skill-sets to collaborate in improving the safety of the personal lives of South Africans.

“The SA Innovation Summit is looking forward to the solutions that will be borne at the 2017 #Santamhackathon. This event supports the Summit’s goal to create an enabling environment for the tech entrepreneur, by connecting cross cutting technologies, coders and enabling organisations, through discussions, visualisation, education, research and events. IoT is revolutionising how we look at our networks, efficiency, productivity and safety, and events like these have the potential to profit both the local and global economy,”said Dr Audrey Verhaeghe, Chairman of the SA Innovation Summit.

IBM shall be running workshops in their Bluemix Cloud infrastructure in the weeks before the hackathon to equip hackers for the task ahead.

Bluemix offers services ranging from data analysis to machine learning and there will be mentors and facilitators during the hackathon to support teams with development and accelerate the creative process.

Free pre-event workshops will take place on 24th August and 3rd September 5pm – 9pm for Session one, and 25th August and 4th September from 5pm- 9pm for Session two.

The Santam hackathon takes place from 6pm on 5th September at the Cape Town Stadium.

The winning team will receive a R20 000 cash prize and an opportunity to be one of the Santam Safety Ideas top 10 finalists who get incubation support (worth R150 000) to guide their  idea from ideation to concept, prototype and eventually business plan and readiness to launch. Second and third prizes worth R10 000 and R5 000 will also be awarded.

“The partnership with SAIS and IBM is important to us as it reinforces our focus on safety and ensures that we collaborate with society to come up with even better innovations to continuously improve on what we do,” said Mokaedi Dilotsotlhe, Santam’s Executive head of  Brand and Marketing.



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