In less that 10 days Bulawayo will be treated to its first Hackathon of the year to be run at the Tech village.
Emisha City Hack is Bulawayo’s first hackathon of the year and will be run at the Techvillage, where, as a participant, you get to showcase your tech or design skills and hustler mentality whilst creating solutions for the City of Kings. First Source Technology (FST) is at the centre of this innovative idea as a community leader seeing that it aims to bring together young, ambitious and driven innovators to solve prevailing challenges through hackathons and various other mentoring and networking opportunities. There couldn’t have been a better venue to kick off the initiative than the hub of innovation in Zimbabwe, the City of Kings and Queens itself.
First, a definition? A Hackathon is a sprint event, were software programmers, designers, project managers come together to focus on a subject matter and utilise software in developing solutions. It involves subject experts or coaches to bring about that environment of expertise especially in dealing with a specific subject matter. In this regard, Emisha City Hack presents this Hackathon with the aim of creating such an environment to deal with some of the service delivery issues which the City Council of Bulawayo has highlighted, where tech can be leveraged on.
Ok so how will this happen? 10 teams comprising 5 tech entrepreneurs will tackle a specific subject matter over the 3 day course of the Hackathon. On the 3rd day, they will each pitch a solution to their specific subject matter in front of jurors (using specific KPIs) with only 3 teams selected for incubation and acceleration by First Source. At the end of the day we have solutions built by our own home-grown talent which our city can rely on, without compromising on quality. The end goal, turning these into viable enterprises and iterating the Hackathon for other problems and challenges faced by the city, in the long run the whole country.
Tickets are now available and fast running so you better hurry and grab yours and be part of this historical initiative. Click here to reserve your seat or visit their website (emisha.communityhacks.org.zw ) and grab one from there. Here is the schedule of events, just to induce some #FOMO, see how lit its going to be! Also follow all updates on social media via their Twitter page @FirstSourceTec. See you there!