On the last two days of this month, Wits University’s Tshimologong Precinct will host a first-of-its-kind in South Africa hackathon, focusing on financial wellness.

“Wellness is described as a balance of being healthy in the mind, body and spirit as a result of deliberate effort. Financial wellness becomes a key enabler for achieving this balance as it provides access to products, services, better choices and opportunities in our everyday life. The lack of financial acumen, literacy and exposure to financial wellness education has resulted in the majority of South Africans not achieving this delicate balance,” a press release from Tshimologong Precinct reads.

The hackathon, titled “Hack for a Purpose 2017”, looks to test an open banking platform where a whole bunch of API’s are exposed.

The alternative business models team has a host of API’s which range from banking to non-banking API’s that can be used to develop applications and products that educate, inform and equip people to make better financial choices and have a better chance of striking the balance towards financial wellness.

“We are tasking you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop App’s from the API’s provided to solve the above problem statement,” Tshimologong said.

Applications for the hackathon close on 26th September.

The list of API’s available will be shared before the hack to allow participants to start brainstorming ideas.

Participants will be required to organize themselves into groups of five developers per team. This can also be done on the day of the hackathon.

To sign up, fill in this Google Form and sbubmit.