Government calls on innovators to help speed up National Development Plan


The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) together with the Presidency have announced the launch of a mega hackathon with a focus on achieving goals outlined in the National Development Plan.

The #NDP2030Hackathon will be taking place on 31st August to 1st September and government is calling on those with ideas that could be turned into technology solutions to submit their ideas.

“South Africans from all backgrounds and disciplines are invited to enter their proposals, with the ultimate goal of helping to solve socio-economic challenges standing in the way of the country reaching its full potential,” SITA said in an announcement of the hackathon.

To participate you’re going to have to create a team of three to five people and draw up a proposal.

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The hackathon will feature a code jam for building software solutions, a ‘thon for data science focused on creating solutions based on insights gleaned from data sets, and a section for that that want to use the internet of things to build solutions that can sense, connect, infer and act.

If any of those sound like your scene you can draw up and submit a proposal to join the #NDP2030Hackathon on the website. Hurry though because submissions close on 31st July.

From there the best proposals will be shortlisted and invited to the hackathon which will take place in Durban.

The event is open to anyone aged 18 or older and there are even cash prizes up for grabs.

The winners in each category will net themselves R100 000 while second and third place will earn participants R50 000 and R30 000 respectively.

You can find more information about the hackathon and submit your ideas over on the official website.

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