Social enterprise GirlCode has shared some sad news with us today as it announces its final hackathon.
Started in 2014 with just 30 attendees, GirlCode has grown to become the largest all-female hackathon in South Africa.
The hackathon has since been hosted in three cities with over 300 female tech students taking part in the events.
“The reason we started the hackathons was to create awareness and building a community around programming. We believe have achieved this over the years and would like to focus our resources to now teaching girls programming skills through our other initiatives,” co-founder of GirlCode, Zandile Keebine said.
The final hackathon will take place in Pretoria at the Innovation Hub and in Cape Town at Workshop 17. The hackathon will take place on 3rd and 4th August in both cities.
“GirlCodeHack has also become a platform for companies to recruit female tech talent and so we are always excited to partner with as many companies as possible to help make the event a success,” Keebine said.
Among the companies backing the final hackathon are Innovation Hub, Workshop 17, AWS, RS Components and Ericsson. Firms interested in sponsoring this final hackathon are urged to get in touch with GirlCode.
Tickets to the hackathon are available through Quicket and cost R50. GirlCode has said that female graduates, university or college students and interns or juniors within a company are welcome to join.