The #HackJozi Challenge is returning for the second year to provide aspiring “tech-preneurs” the opportunity to improve Johannesburg with their innovative ideas and skills.

The #HackJozi Challenge was initiated by the City of Johannesburg and the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University. It targets start-up entrepreneurs and offers the opportunity to attend a boot camp to develop their skills, ideas and innovation.

This year there were over 400 applications which was narrowed down to 20 on Tuesday April 18. The most promising “tech-preneurs” will be mentored at the ICT hub in Braamfontein where they will have access to resources, mentors and partners to help them develop their entrepreneurial ideas.

Some of the top 20 ideas include an app that allows parents to control their child’s usage of mobile devices and an app that provides an on-demand laundry and dry cleaning service delivered to your door.

The top 10 competitors will be chosen on Saturday April 23 and the top three will be announced at a gala on May 19.

The two runners-up will each receive R350 000 with which they can make their idea a reality, with the help of a business mentor. The winner of the #HackJozi Challenge will receive R1-million to help them develop a lucrative business.

Last year’s winners, MoWallet, developed an app that allows its customers to redeem coupons for products at their nearest spaza shop. The PopApps tool on the app has deals that aim to save customers money whilst allowing clients to place their branding on the app.

TimeWize is one of the apps that has been selected for the #HackJozi top 20. It allows parents to control their child's usage on mobile devices. Photo: Laura Pisanello

TimeWize is one of the apps that has been selected for the #HackJozi top 20. It allows parents to control their child’s usage on mobile devices.
Photo: Laura Pisanello

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