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NEMISA Hackathon

Date: Mar 16, 2020

It’s all systems go for the NEMISA Data Science Innovation Hackathon which is set to begin on 12 March 2020 as part of the institution’s Digital Skills Summit.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 March 2020

PRESS STATEMENT

It’s all systems go for the NEMISA Data Science Innovation Hackathon which is set to begin on 12 March 2020 as part of the institution’s Digital Skills Summit. Data sets have been released to teams of hackers who will be sifting through data collected in communities across South Africa by the NEMISA Knowledge for Innovation team at Unisa. The data reflects where people, organisations and government are, in terms of their digital behaviours and skills.

The Data Science Innovation Hackathon will enable various teams with different interests to mine the data and reveal interesting trends that the data provides. These will provide evidence for national policy recommendations. Leading solutions from the hackathon will be supported towards a data-driven digital transformation app for NEMISA.

The Digital Skills Summit which starts today, 11 – 13 March 2020, convenes experts in digital technologies, academia and researchers amongst other stakeholder, to address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and social inequality through digital skills.

The hackathon will be judged by a team of experts including Dr Sunet Eybers, Dr Charlotte Wu and Prof Abejide Ade-Ibijola amongst others.

The teams of hackers will compete for the following prizes:

First Prize:
R50, 000
Runner-up prize:
R30,000
Second runner-up:
R10,000

Media enquiries:
Victoria Tau: 081 257 4386
Siphe Macanda: 078

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