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UCT team wins national hackathon
13 July, 2018

Four University of Cape Town (UCT) Information Systems (IS) honours students won the 2018 Discovery Graduate Hackathon (Gradhack) for a system that aims to boost communication between informal workers and potential employers.Natasha Oates, Nasiha Ally, Ryan Tripod and Zack Zornitta outclassed 10 other pitches to take top honours in the competitive event in Johannesburg at the beginning of the month.

Discovery Limited launched its annual hackathon in 2014 with the objective of highlighting the company’s reputation as an innovative organisation and simultaneously attracting the crème de la crème of graduates. The event sees people working in groups on software or hardware projects with the aim of producing a functioning product.

Gradhack invites third-year and honours information technology students from across the country to submit business cases to be developed by teams comprising two to four people. These are reviewed, and up to 30 students are hosted by Discovery in Johannesburg for four days.

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Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance launched
06 July, 2018

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, has launched the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, describing it as a flagship of UCT that encourages Mandela’s values of ethical and selfless leadership.“The impact this school will make will be long-lasting and epitomises the values which Mandela stood for,” Phakeng said.

The Vice-Chancellor, who began her term of office only a few days ago, said it was also in line with her vision for the university.“The Mandela School epitomises my vision of strengthening our excellence as a university, driving transformation and ensuring a sustainable future for UCT. Through it, UCT is becoming a more African university through its contribution to excellence in leadership and excellence in Africa.”

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Konica Minolta International University Contest winners
06 April, 2018

The Konica Minolta International University Contest (IUC), organised and sponsored by Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, gives students from across the globe a unique opportunity to take part in an innovative international project that bridges the worlds of academia and business. Konica Minolta’s aim is to support tertiary education institutions in building the digital campus.

Students are given the unique opportunity to work with Konica Minolta to analyse a current document or information workflow within their universities and to propose an innovative improvement. Prizes are awarded at both national and international levels for the best proposals.

Alten Hulme, director of Sales and Marketing at Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) commented, “Out of 26 universities in nine provinces, there has to be potential to submit an entry that is of world-class standard.

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