Hackers invited by Gauteng’s e-government to help improve services

The Artificial Intelligence Social Good Virtual Hackathon, also known as GovHack, calls on all computer whizzes to hack the government — to help them deliver better services. 

The hackathon, which will take place over two days this week, is a joint initiative between the Gauteng department of e-government and Microsoft.

“GovHack is an intensive competition of brainstorming, computer programming, engineering and innovative thinking that draws together the talent and creativity of people from different disciplines,” said the MEC for finance and e-government, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko. 

She said the objective of the hackathon “is to facilitate the creation of innovative prototypes that will assist the government [to] deliver smart services”. 

In October 2019 the City of Johannesburg was hit by hackers, which forced the city to shut down its website and all e-services. A year later, Nkomo-Ralehoko was a victim when unauthorised access was gained to her personal email and social media accounts.

“We know that there are a lot of exciting innovators out there who can help [the] government come up with great ideas to help us deliver our services better. Therefore, we are giving them a chance in a highly innovative platform to show us,” said Nkomo-Ralehoko.

The e-government department was established in 2015 and is a mechanism to modernise public services by creating a network infrastructure that connects government facilities, including schools, hospitals, offices and economic zones.GovHack will take place online, on Microsoft Teams using the Azure Cloud facility on Wednesday and Thursday, 10 and 11 February.

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Eunice Stoltz
Eunice Stoltz is a general news reporter at the Mail & Guardian.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Latest stories

Links between colleges, industry vital

Weak partnerships with industry and poor curriculum choices are among the factors driving unemployment among graduates

‘South Africa on a path to unjust transition’

The country needs a greener economy but energy specialists say policymakers must ensure the creation of a fairer economy in the process

Whistleblower helps SIU in diamonds corruption raid

The SIU alleges fraud and graft in state mining company's procurement

SA Mint launches rhino coin

The coins are produced in limited quantities ranging from 500 to 2 000, depending on the demand
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×