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Propella’s annual Hackathon tests skills of students

By Jesica Slabbert - Jun 18, 2018
Propella’s annual Hackathon tests skills of students

Computer programming and software development students in the Nelson Mandela Bay gathered at Propella Business Incubator for their annual Hackathon event, which was held in association with Algoa FM and Con.ect, to test their skills and stand a chance to win big.

The Hackathon is an annual event hosted by Propella Business Incubator, which aims to help improve the skills and opportunities for local students and small businesses and assist them with their growth.

Each year, the students are given a task by the business selected for the Hackathon, the task could be to create an app, a website or an animation, the students would then work overnight in order to create what they think the business would like and make their presentations.

The winner is then selected and the business would implement their creation.

This year, the business in the spotlight for the Hackathon was Con.ect SA, a Geek Convention that will be celebrating their 5th year in operation this year.

Speaking to the students, Con.ect Director, Janelle Vermaak, encouraged the students to be as creative as possible.

“It’s up to you to decide what you would like to do, and how you feel you can capture Con.ect’s essence in what it is you want to do,” said Janelle.