In celebration of Women's Month in South Africa, the GirlCode Hackathon was hosted in Johannesburg and attracted over 70 women. The event is held annually to provide young women with an opportunity to develop some of the real-world skills they need to enter the software industry.

The 2017 GirlCode Hackathon required the participants to develop a solution within one of the following category areas; e-government, gamification, multichannel retail, social welfare, and productivity.

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Participants at the 2017 Girlcode Hackathon.

β€œThe growth in support we’re experiencing from large technology companies, is testament to the need for such events in the industry,” said Zandile Keebine, Chairwoman at GirlCode.

The hackathon was won by "The Rubies", a team from the University of Cape Town. Their winning project, Amava (meaning experience in isiXhosa), is a solution developed to help link up the non-profit sector with skilled individuals. Amava also aims to allow people to gain work experience while helping a non-profit organisation.

"The Rubies" won a trip to Silicon Valley where they will visit various top tech companies.

Second prize went to the "Grapes" team who developed a gamification buddy app for varsities, for studying and performances purposes. While the third prize went to the "Techtress" team, who built the Kgosigadi app that specifically built to address gender violence.

β€œWe are thrilled with the level of participation at this years’ event and excited to grow it even further next year. Our hope with these events like these is that girls have the chance to build a network of like-minded people through and hopefully find some mentors along the way too,” concluded Keebine.

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