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YOUTH CHALLENGE TO CREATE THE BEST APP

Mobile applications have seen incredible success over the past few years, with billions of apps being downloaded onto millions of smart phones and tablets worldwide. While many of these are trivial, others have world-changing potential. All it takes is the right idea – and the skills to take that idea and develop and market the right app from it.

CodeJam 2013 aims to give young entrepreneurs (specifically those between the ages of 18 and 25 who aren’t permanently employed) the skills needed to develop an amazing, innovative idea and translate that into a mobile app. Participants in the CodeJam competition will be receiving technical, ideation and entrepreneurial instruction through August and September, and will then be required to conduct their own research and use the skills learned to develop Apps that Matter, addressing specific societal challenges that have been identified by the CodeJam 2013 stakeholder group.

And not only that – the most exciting, life-changing ideas and apps will win prizes including brand new mobile devices (Apple and Android alike), internships at various technology-related businesses, sponsored business trips to Durban and Johannesburg – and not to mention the real-life exposure and prestige that will surely follow. Also, any app completed will belong to the CodeJammer (or team) who created it, so prizes or no, every participant has the chance to win big in future.

The CodeJam competition, now in its second year, is one of several national initiatives aimed at enhancing the digital competence of South Africa at large. The programme is focused on developing young, local talent in the mobile apps space. It aims to build capacity in both apps development and the appropriation of mobile technology that can address South Africa’s particular socio-economic challenges, and meet local needs with a distinctly South African flavour.

The CodeJam competition is a collaborative initiative between the Western Cape CoLab, Kujali Innovation Hub from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Apps Hub, the City of Cape Town, Business Connection (BCX), Cape Activa (City of Cape Town), mobileUbiquity HervNet, Core Group, GTP, Immedia and Primedia Digital.

Want to find out more about the exciting CodeJam competition? Visit http://www.colabwc.co.za

Article issued by University of the Western Cape



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