Applications open for inaugural GeoJozi Developer Challenge

The City of Johannesburg has announced it is accepting applications for the inaugural GeoJozi Developer Challenge, a contest to reward developers with interest in apps, maps, data, urban development and cities.

The contest seeks to uncover new and innovative digital solutions to help the City improve its location and address maintenance systems.

The developer with the winning solution will receive R150,000 (about US$11,300) while the second and third placed developers will receive R100,000 (about US$7,500) and R50,000 (about US$3,800) respectively.

The winning ideas might be implemented in the City’s operations.

“Addresses and locations are essential for the efficiency of a high functioning city. The City of Johannesburg is calling for innovative solutions that will help citizens realise the vital importance of street addresses and optimise the power of location. Street addresses specify points of service delivery. They are essential for electricity, water, refuse, sewage, emergency services, land ownership, parcel deliveries, safety and security, being able to vote and countless other critical services and functions. A street address can save a life,” said Marcelle Hattingh, the City’s Director of Corporate Geo-Informatics.

Developers that are under the age of 30 and interested in being a part of the contest should apply by August 31, 2016.

The GeoJozi Developer Challenge will be hosted at Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein.

The contest is organized in partnership with Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) and mapping software company Esri SA.

“As the world becomes more digitised, more real time data about cities is becoming available. This data can help to manage cities better and make them smarter. A street address informs us of location, and this is where Geographic Information Systems comes in. It’s all about a specific position or the coordinates on earth,” said Professor Barry Dwolatzky, JCSE Director.

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