Johannesburg Hackathon – May 2-3

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SBC AfriTech Hosts Corporate-Focused Hackathon for Startups Demonstrating Market Traction

Startupbootcamp AfriTech, the only Pan-African Accelerator for technology-enabled emerging businesses in Africa enables startups or scale-ups already showing market traction the opportunity to work with industry giants. Register here.

Johannesburg – Startupbootcamp (SBC) AfriTech is hosting a corporate-focused hackathon in Johannesburg on 2 – 3 May 2019 for startups or scale-ups looking to run pilots or proof of concepts with some of the most innovative corporates on the African continent. For large corporates operating on the African continent, SBC AfriTech provides the ultimate ‘sandbox’ for rapid experimentation. The programme’s uniquely Pan-African presence enables partners to outsource portions of their R&D and innovation sourcing by connecting them directly with startups and scaleups in their industry.


The Johannesburg hackathon has been designed specifically by and for the Accelerator’s esteemed corporate partners.

SBC AfriTech is the only multi-corporate backed tech Accelerator of its kind and is sponsored by Old Mutual, RCS, BNP Paribas Personal Finance, Nedbank and PwC.

There are four target areas for the hackathon. Startups or scale-ups with solutions solving any of the target areas will be given a rare opportunity to work directly with the key business stakeholders and technical gatekeepers from each partner.

AWS is setting up a secure development environment to protect the datasets and the code brought to the event. Each corporate partner will open selected data sets particular to the target areas and hackathon attendees will rapidly adapt their existing products or solutions in order to demonstrate how it could solve the challenges for the corporate partner and their customers.

The aim of the hackathon is to enable startups and scale-ups to directly engage with industry giants. For attendees, the hack has the potential to lead to pilots or proof-of-concepts with the relevant corporates should they be able to demonstrate that their solution is valid and relevant to the challenges posed.

We are particularly seeking later stage startups and scaleups that have products in the market that can be quickly modified to solve for the specific challenge areas. It is important to note that there are no costs or obligations for the participants, so it’s truly a dream opportunity to showcase your innovative tech directly to key stakeholders.

All startups and scale-ups already tackling the four target areas are encouraged to apply, however the event is not for ideation stage companies. The hackathon is exclusively for those already showing traction in the market, with a viable solution or product that can be rapidly adapted.

Target Areas

  • Big Data, Dashboards & Predictive Analytics: Data Analytics around Outflows and Retention of Assets & Customers
  • HealthTech, Sensors, and Health Data Analytics: Consumers are seeking more ways to monitor, track, and engage with every element of their lives, and especially their own bodies. Healthcare, Insurance, and other providers are looking for new types of sensors, wearables, and non-invasive tech and novel ways to leverage the resulting data.
  • Process Automation & Simulation: Manual Process Automation to expedite repetitive tasks (eg. data entry); Pushing certain aspects of the Jobs to be Done to the end customer as well as breaking down various Customer Journey’s and looking for process improvements.
  • RetailTech, Augmented Reality, Computer Vision and Sensors: Consumers are increasingly looking for digital consumer experiences even in a physical store. Retailers are integrating brick-and-mortar stores with mobile solutions. The need is for technologies impacting retail that include autonomous delivery, smartphone retail, computer vision, facial recognition and more.

Over the last three years, we have helped our corporate partners develop their internal capacity to engage with market-ready disruptive startups and scale-ups. These four themes were chosen because they represent clear and immediate challenges and the partners will be bringing datasets and API’s to the Hackathon for testing. SBC is constantly experimenting with new ways to help corporates expand their boundaries and we are very excited for this latest demonstration of Corporate Startup Collaboration.

SBC AfriTech’s 2019 Accelerator kicks off on August 12th and is aimed at startups offering real solutions for the African continent, looking for the experience, advice, corporate connections and mentorship necessary to scale in the global market.

Applying to the Accelerator is not a requirement for attending the Johannesburg Hackathon and vice versa.

Click here to register for the Johannesburg Hackathon


Beyond the Hack

SBC AfriTech has one of the largest and best portfolios of startups on the African continent. The team has sat face-to-face with more African startups than any other organization in the world.

SBC AfriTech is currently in the midst of their Pan African FastTrack tour – sourcing startups for the final programme. FastTracks are half-day events during which the SBC team selects ten startups to pitch to mentors, corporate sponsors and industry leaders. The startups can directly engage with the aforementioned attendees and gain insight and advice in order to take their business to the next level.

It is imperative that startups interested in applying to the final Accelerator, attends a FastTrack, as not only is the event itself incredibly valuable but their attendance boosts their chances of being selected to the final programme by 20%.

There are ten FastTracks left to go including Casablanca, Lagos, Durban, Abidjan, Gaborone, Harare, Zurich, Paris and Cape Town. All tech startups are encouraged to attend.

Click here to discover the FastTrack closest to you and apply:

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2 May, 2019 9:00 am - 3 May, 2019 5:00 pm


Old Mutual JHB
Old Mutual: 107 Rivonia Rd
Sandown, Sandton 2031 South Africa
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Location: Old Mutual: 107 Rivonia Rd, Sandown, Sandton, South Africa 2031

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