Safe@Home South Africa Sponsored By Microsoft
Mandatory quarantine orders necessitated by the spread of COVID-19 have given rise to a dramatic increase in gender-based violence across the globe. In honour of South Africa’s Women’s Month, Microsoft is sponsoring a 11-week hackathon, challenging teams of 3-6 people to develop applications to support those experiencing gender-based violence.
While gender-based violence does not know demographics, the harsh reality in South Africa is that many of its victims do not have access to high-end technology, including smart phones.
In developing your solution, please consider the following:
- Many victims are using 3rd or 4th generation phones that are obsolete and do not have access to applications like Whatsapp or other one touch SOS tools or applications
- Data is expensive and not always readily available – especially in emergency situations
- Regular load shedding means that cell towers are not operational
- Limited or no airtime to make calls, or send SMSs
- No access to transport to find a place of safety
Who can participate?
- All participants must be based in South Africa
- Developers; Back, front, or full-stack – you turn concepts into reality using sharp coding skills.
- Designer; In your skillful hands, dashboards and applications gain clarity and style.
- Idea Generator; In your experienced hands, dashboards and applications gain clarity and style.
- Open Registration; You have a unique perspective and valuable insight to share with your team.
- Monetary prizes
- Unique platform for the development of not-for-profit applications
- Remote mentoring and support from Microsoft experts via a dedicated platform
- Interactive onboarding session
- Potential investment