Background of the HACKATHON

This initiative seeks to identify ICT skills available in the province and allow for those skills to be put into use as technologies to help address challenges faced by Eastern Cape society, individuals, businesses, as well as government.

With the current state of ICT adoption in the province, the Eastern Cape faces a risk of high unemployment rate in the future. Advancing the adoption of ICT in the province is one of the ways in which we can converge current activities to benefit youth in a 4IR world.


The East London Industrial Development Zone SOC Ltd Science and Technology Park (ELIDZ STP) invites budding tech wizards, based in the Eastern Cape to take part in the ICT Hackathon Challenge. The hackathon will be hosted from:

12 – 14 November 2021

This ICT Hackathon Challenge is a provincial-wide hackathon in partnership with Eastern Cape institutions of higher learning, incubators, and government.

As part of this hackathon, we are bringing knowledge workshops on critical 4IR initiatives, e.g., Python programming, Design thinking, coding, and more.



Virtual Knowledge Workshop

  • Cracking the Hackathon: What is a hackathon and how you can win it.
  • Hacking Toolbox: Practical Tips and Tricks to survive a hackathon.
  • SMARTA Goal Setting: using 48-hours effectively and efficiently.

Virtual knowledge workshop will be hosted on
10 November 2021.

Pre-hacking Workshop

Pre-hacking workshop will be hosted on
12 November 2021

Master Classes

  • Programming using Python
  • Design thinking
  • Cybersecurity
  • Coding


  • There will be first, second, and third place winners.
  • The prize winners will go away with the following:
  • Prize money
    • The prize cannot be transferred and will only be handed over to the Winning Team.
    • The prize cannot be exchanged for any prize other than the prize offered in this competition.
    • Total prize money will be paid to the team’s business account, this means that all winning team members will have to open a joint bank account.

Additional prizes:

  • 12 months sponsored incubation and acceleration towards further development of the overall main winners’ solution (Prototype Development).
  • Opportunity for market access and linkages.
  • The winners will be required to attend the prize-giving ceremony at the ELIDZ.


The theme/challenge will be disclosed a week before hackathon.


There will be six physical hacking stations connected virtually across the Eastern Cape, these stations are as follows:

  • East London –ELIDZ STP and Cortex Hub
  • Mthatha – Walter Sisulu University
  • Alice – University of Fort Hare
  • Makhanda – Rhodes University
  • Gqeberha – Propella Business Incubator


Registration must be done online by signing up the form on the link below:


Please forward any enquiries to