Meet the tech entrepreneurs changing South Africa – The #HackJozi top 10

The top ten finalists of #HackJozi 2016 have officially been announced.

The #HackJozi Challenge is a project of the City of Johannesburg and the JCSE (Joburg Centre for Software Engineering) at Wits University.

Ravi Naidoo, executive director for Economic Development for the City of Johannesburg, says they were overwhelmed not only by the number of entries to the 2016 #HackJozi Challenge but also by their quality.

“The 2016 shortlist of ten finalists is an impressive list of young people with new and innovative ideas in the digital arena. After a rigorous process that has been playing out over the past six weeks, we now have ten superb businesses which have fought through three rounds of the competition and have been judged on the technical feasibility of their venture, scalability and the wow-factor,” said Naidoo.

“A demo day will be held on Friday, 13 May when all ten tech-preneurs will present their ideas that they have thrashed out with their peers and mentors during the course of the challenge.”

The top 10 will enjoy a one-year free membership of the ICT Hub in Braamfontein, which is a Wits University initiative under the leadership of Professor Barry Dwolatzky.

The top three winners of the 2016 #HackJozi Challenge will be announced on Thursday, 19 May 2016.

The winner winner will be given R1 million while the two runners up will each receive R350,000. In addition, all three teams will be assigned a business mentor so as to advise them on how to spend the money and further develop their ideas.


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TimeWize Parental Control

A tool for parents to address screen-time issues with their children and their Android devices.

Mensch

An online marketplace where the demand for sound, pragmatic, and sustainable advice by businesses is matched to the supply of high quality business experts from South Africa’s top business schools and business consultancies.

LCERT

LCERT (Low Cost Educational Robotics Toy) Kit, which includes hardware, software and activities.

Spotless

A pickup and drop-off of laundry service that ensures that clothes are cleaned and dry-cleaned to the highest standards.

Advicement

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DUEPROP

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eSubmit

An online platform on which building plans and other related documentation can be uploaded and/or downloaded for the purposes of obtaining building approval from local authorities.

Gradrr

This system prepares and automatically marks multiple choice questions. Advanced features are being offered to educational institutions to analyse and report on the information.

TechnoVera

Smart lockers that reduce the average waiting time for patients collecting chronic medication at primary healthcare collection facilities.


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