Last month we detailed the Life 2.0 Hackathon from Capitec, with entries for the competition closing at the end of June. Organisers say there was an overwhelming response, with the 100-plus teams entering having to be whittled down to 10.

Now we know who those 10 teams are, as well as what they will be aiming to develop in the coming weeks, as part of the Life Hackathon 2.0 and its objective to find innovative solutions to help South Africans post COVID-19.

There is also the small matter of the grand prize of R100 000 that the 10 teams will also be competing for.

“Capitec is always on the hunt for big thinkers and big ideas. When we put out a call to innovators, curious minds and entrepreneurs to enter our Life 2.0 hackathon we received over 100 entries from people who wanted to help South Africans live better in a post-Covid world,” adds Francois Dempers, innovation manager at Capitec Bank.

Over the next three weeks, with the assistance of their respective mentors, the following 10 teams will be competing for the aforementioned grand prize:

Lipa Payments – Lipa offers banks and fintechs an open-source software solution that allows merchants to accept card payments without a hardware-based POS device. The unique selling point is that Lipa is a Bluetooth-based payment solution for merchants whose mobile devices do not have NFC.

NerdCode – Their app will handle all financial transactions to help reduce the spread of any virus. Another key feature will tackle long queues at taxi ranks as the app will let people know when there is space to get into a taxi.

ThingKing – This team wants to create keypads that don’t require users to press buttons. They can be used to replace keypads in high traffic/high touch areas, such as vending machines, ATMs, lifts, building entrances, etc.

EcoDiesel – This solution is made up of two parts. First the team is building a fuel pump that can connect to any fuel tank, which will be activated by NFC and collect data. Second, they will create a dashboard that pulls together all the information collected, which will be used to calculate the reduction in carbon emissions compared to using fossil diesel.

Guardian Health – They plan to build a system that allows people to book virtual appointments, including after hours. This platform will also allow for remote lab tests where health professionals can order lab tests for patients.

Tender Box – This team’s solution is SealedEnvelope. It acts as an intermediary where tender applications are submitted online and remain editable by the bidder, but inaccessible. Once the deadline arrives, applications are frozen, but can be opened and reviewed by all employees of the procuring firm.

Octopi – They want to build an inexpensive mobile registering system that scans a child’s fingerprint, takes their temperature and sends an SMS notification to the parents to notify them of their child’s temperature at the start and end of the school day.

Own Appeal – They wish to create a marketplace, or an online store, which allows township-based businesses to sell physical and/or digital services. They’ll also create an admin portal where product owners can manage their inventory and oversee the whole ecommerce process from order to delivery.

BriefCo – By using machine learning, they are developing a tool that uses optical character recognition, automated bill creation and data analytics to provide a faster, cheaper and smarter offering for legal cost consultants. The solution will accept digital documentation, reduce turnaround time to a few of hours and provide data analytics for deeper insights, all at a reduced cost.

Thato – This steam are building a platform called Thato that anyone can use to talk to a professional on demand. The professionals will include psychologists, social workers and qualified religious leaders. Once a request is accepted, a session will start and the client will be billed accordingly.

If you’re wanting to keep up with the Life 2.0 Hackathon, Capitec will posting updates on its LinkedIn page over the coming days and weeks. The winner will be announced on 17th July.

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