A Weekend of Code at Tshwane University of Technology Campus

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The Geeks Do It Again!

Geekulcha, a platform for students in the ICT fraternity to connect, learn, share and put their skills to real use, organized the first Hackathon at the Tshwane University of Technology Soshanguve campus recently. This was a collaboration with the Faculty of ICT, an initiative aimed at making “Campus a better place”, while uplifting students skills in a collaborative environment.unnamed (1)

 

A Hackathon is an event where computer programmers and others involved in software development and hardware development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects.

 

Geekulcha believes that students deserve a platform to showcase their skills and explore things outside of the classroom scope.

Over 100 students braced the cold weather to showcase their talent for a chance in industrial exposure. Partnering with organizations such as Microsoft, Intel, mLab Southern Africa, and this event proved to be a great opportunity for students to prove their fitness in the industry.

15 high scholars from the Geekulcha VacWork programme also came on board and survived the 36 hours of Code and each learner walked away with R200 shopping vouchers, courtesy of the Young Social Entrepreneurs Network (YSEN). Best Presenter of the hackathon was amongst this group of learners.

There were winning soluunnamed (2)tions at the Hackathon, which were meant to make campus a better place. Winners were selected from these winning ideas and they walked away with some prizes from Geekulcha, Microsoft and Intel.

There was something for everyone, best project that uses Intel technologies got themselves the Intel Edison board to help them take their solution further. The institution’s Dean of ICT also honored the students with awards. Microsoft is using this opportunity to identify the next Microsoft Student Partners.

The hackathon was also used to test the GeekedIn application, developed at the Geekulcha Hackathon that helps manage hackathons and make them better.

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“It is of a great belief that this hackathon will stimulate a greater Maker Culture on campus, lead to more academic excellence and prepare a better future for more producers and better consumers”, says Tiyani Nghonyama of Geekulcha.

The 2016 edition will be bigger and better and Geekulcha calls for more collaborators, dev@geekulcha.com.

The TUT Faculty of ICT would like to thank all the partners and everyone involved in making this hackathon a great success that it was.

Together, we can create a better South Africa.

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