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TADHack comes to SA

August 26th, 2016
MTN South Africa is bringing the international telecom developer hackathon TADHack to Africa for the first time on 14-16 October 2016, allowing local developers to enter and compete against the best developers in 30 countries around the world.
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TADHack South Africa, will be staged at the MTN Innovation Centre in Johannesburg, putting local developers in line to benchmark themselves against the best in the world, and stand a chance of winning prizes.

The Global TADHack challenge will see developers creating hacks using the global sponsors’ resources. This year’s development theme will encourage hacks in particular topics, such as BOTs, AI, IoT, Enterprise Communications, NFV, and open source contributions.

“MTN believes this is an opportunity for local developers to decode Africa, meaning we expect them to showcase Africas’ ability to solving African problems. Local developers participating in TADHack 2016 have the capacity to debunk the misconceptions about a lack of developer skills in Africa. The platform will showcase Africa’s capabilities within the app development space, highlighting our own creative thinking and the amount of knowledge and innovation that is based in our continent,” says MTN CIO Benjamin Marais.

Developers can participate in two categories, namely Hackathon category and Showcase category. A Hackathon category allows developers to come up with new ideas or answer a sponsor’s challenge, while a Showcase category allows developers to showcase advanced development or commercial products to put themselves in line for prizes and industry recognition.

With the support of its global sponsors including MTN Business, IBM, Huawei, ZTE and Comviva, TADHack helps build the telecom application development ecosystem from the grass roots. It also educates developers, non-coders, and enterprises on the power of telecom app development; distribute best practices from those working in the field; and provide a pipeline of innovative services to the industry by promoting developers and vendor ecosystems.

“MTN is bringing this prestigious global event to South Africa for the first time, as part of our ongoing campaign to stimulate innovation and development capacity in the country. Through our ongoing developer and start-up engagements and support initiatives, we have noted the phenomenal innovation and development skills exist in the country, and we believe challenges like TADHack help to bring them to the fore.” says Marais

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