The 2018 GirlCodeHack took place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban simultaneously recently, with more than 140 girls across all three cities participating in the Girl Code organised event.

The winning team, Lightbulb from Johannesburg, has also been announced, with the group set to attend the Women in Tech conference in Amsterdam taking place on 28th and 29th November this year.

The objective of the Hackathon, which is now in its fifth year and is more commonly to as GirlCodeHack, is to provide young girls, eager to join the software industry with an opportunity to develop some of the real-world skills they need to enter the business environment.

Each year, the Hackathon has consistently reached more and more girls with the specific goal to provide a collaborative environment where participants can compete and network whilst developing their skills, explained GirlCode.

This year’s competition required the teams to build solutions that aimed to solve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with the girls encouraged to use any platforms or technology to build their solutions.

Lightbulb’s winning project, a data accumulation solution, utilised integrated devices that assess the soil quality in the gardens and farms. The data is then shown on a website where the farmer or gardener can determine the best course of action.

Along with winning the chance to head to Amsterdam, Lightbulb will also attend a Microsoft Technology Associate Certification course.

“We need to work together to take advantage of the digital revolution,” noted Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and postal services, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who opened the event on 4th August.

“No country is better placed than when it includes it’s women. Women are natural born teachers and leaders. I want South Africa to be a place where we are able to use the technologies we are exposed to, to take advantage of the digital revolution. Working together, as sisters across provinces, we can improvise solutions that will help change the lives of people around us,” she concluded.