Rivonia Circle hosted a Hackathon at Tshimologong Precinct recently, where young techies developed new platforms to drive further social and political engagement by communities of people in South Africa.
The Rivonia Circle inspired event in partnership with Geekulcha, a platform created for South African techies and industry leaders, is open to coders, strategists, activists, engineers, and graphic designers to create tools to enable and empower activism and civic participation in South Africa.
According to Rivonia Circle director and head of programmes, Tessa Dooms, the hackathon challenged teams to design & develop platforms that are aimed at connecting active citizens, encourage participation in policy engagements and empower people with information about how they can participate in building a better future in South Africa.
“South Africa is due for an upgrade. We must design and build South Africa 2.0 as a fairer, safer, free, and more equal society where all people have a better quality of life. Every person has the Power to Act to upgrade to a South Africa we can all be proud of.”
The day was a success with more young people participating in the Hackathon.
“Using technology, the hackathon built support structures to enable people the power to act by sharing ideas, joining communities of activists and designing campaigns and solutions to affect the South Africa 2.0 upgrade,” adds Dooms.