Future Cities Hackathon

Fri Mar 1, 08:00 - Sat Mar 2, 18:30

RCS Headquarters


Join us as we work together to solve some of the worlds most pressing challenges, connect with social innovators, and learn about what can be done to solve the Water Crisis, Ocean Pollution, and Urban Transportation issues in your community.

Who: Calling all citizens, from professionals to students, who are interested in making an impact in the Water Crisis, Ocean Pollution, and Urban Transportation. Everyone is welcome and needed - Subject matter experts, coding, design, marketing, and business types.

What: Create an impact focused solution in just 36 hours with the opportunity to pitch to an impressive team of judges

How: Leverage the background and experiences of your teammates and receive outstanding advice and mentorship from our group of all-star coaches

When: Friday March 1st 8:00am - Saturday March 2nd 6:30pm

Where: RCS Headquarters, Golf Park, Raapenberg Rd, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7700

Why: Gain real experience building a solution that addresses real-world problems from scratch, discover your passion by continuing to work on your project after the weekend is over, make a difference in the Cape Town sustainability community, and meet local makers and do-ers

Startupbootcamp AfriTech (SBC) is sponsored by some of the most innovative corporate partners in Africa and the accelerator programme has proven to be a successful channel to scout, skill, and scale disruptive startups. We are now applying this powerful Corporate Startup Collaboration approach to solve municipal challenges that affect us all. Using Cape Town as a lab, we have chosen 3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as themes for an impact-orientated Hackathon.

  • SDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
  • SDG 11: Life Below Water
  • SDG 14: Sustainable Cities & Communities

This Hackathon will bring together innovators and corporates to materialise three of the sustainable development goals and we are excited to be setting the standard for sustainable innovation in corporates and the broader innovation ecosystem. The hackathon will feature several top-level keynote speakers discussing the daunting challenges brought about by pollution, water access and urbanization. The event is open to citizen innovators, startups and anyone with ideas to solving the most pressing sustainable development challenges facing our world today

Sponsored by Old Mutual, Nedbank, BNP Paribas, and PWC, and generously hosted by RCS, the event will promote thought leaders for the daunting challenges brought about through pollution, water access, and urbanization. The hackathon is open to citizen innovators who will form ad-hoc teams and crowdsource solutions, talent, and business models from the Cape Town innovation and resilience enablement ecosystem.

Over the course of 2 full days, the goal is for 5-10 teams to form tackling different challenges. These teams will focus on practical solutions that could be further developed and implemented with the support of the sponsors and their partners.


Future Cities Hackathon
RCS Headquarters
0A Raapenberg Rd, Pinelands, Cape Town, 7405
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