WhereIsMyTransport has partnered with Facebook for Developers to host the ‘CONNECT Hackathon Series’, with the first event taking place at GEN’s 22 on Sloane Campus in Johannesburg from the 19th – 21st January 2018.
According to Marsh Reddy, Platform Evangelist from WhereIsMyTransport: “ I think we have put together something really special for Gauteng. Digitalising public transport routes in the region allow for local talent to build solutions that help citizens directly. We’re looking forward to seeing what gets built.”
The CONNECT Series will also be held in Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Kigali and Nairobi to bring together diverse developers and startups looking to build innovative location-aware applications to address the challenges and opportunities of moving people and goods in the region’s cities.
In Johannesburg, Facebook and WhereIsMyTransport will provide access and expertise to help participants build mobile solutions that combine the Facebook Places Graph API and the WhereIsMyTransport Public Transport API. In all the cities across the region, the CONNECT series will partner with local hubs of innovation, like 22 on Sloane, and local Developer Circles from Facebook.
The winning team will be awarded $1000 USD, with second and third place winners provided with $500 each in Facebook advertising credits. Additionally, all three teams will be provided with a year’s worth of free access to the WhereIsMyTransport Public Transport API.
Proud Dzambukira, Strategic Partner Manager Platform Partnerships; Sub-Saharan Africa, Facebook, added: “Facebook is defined by its hacker culture, and we’re excited to be partnering with WhereIsMyTransport to bring this hackathon series to the developer community. Efficiently moving people and goods between places is a fundamental problem that a number of startups are solving for cities in the region. Our platform can help add significant value to that work and we’re eager to see the innovative solutions which will be created from these events.”
Other Gauteng CONNECT Hackathon partners include MLabs, The Gauteng Provincial Department of Roads and Transport, Gautrain Management Agency, SANRAL, National Department of Transport, the Cities of Johannesburg Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.