GirlCode, the organisation that hopes to empower girls and women through technology, has revealed that its annual hackathon GirlCodeHack will be happening in three cities this year.

The hackathon is set to be the biggest yet with 400 participants across Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. That not enough? How about a total of R350 000 in prizes up for grabs?

That still isn’t enough? Well GirlCode is also giving the winning team a trip to European Women in Technology conference being held in Amsterdam from 28th – 29th November.

“This event aims to not only show off the female tech talent we have in South Africa, but also to encourage young girls to consider a career in technology, and local companies to think about how they can support the development of women in IT. And, we’re excited to be able to give the grand prize winners a trip that will be an educational experience of a lifetime,” co-founder of GirlCode Zandile Keebine said in a statement.

The hackathons will take place from 3rd to 5th August at the following locations:

  • Pretoria – 22onSloane
  • Cape Town – Workshop 17
  • Durban – Immedia

Participants will be hacking the UN Sustainability goals to develop a technological solution to achieving them.

Tickets for GirlCodeHack are available through Quicket at R50 a piece.