Last year over 20 teams took part in the first Vodacom Hackathon at Vodacom World, producing a variety of working prototypes over a period of 48 hours. This Thursday and Friday more than 25 teams will be taking part in the Vodacom Hackathon 2019. We spoke to Willie Stegmann, Group CIO of Vodacom, about what to expect at this years Vodacom Hackathon.
Can you give us a brief overview of what a Hackathon is?
In very simple terms, It's innovation in real time. So the idea is that you create a competitive environment where a number of teams can co-work over a period of 24 – 48 hours on an idea or concept, which is eventually presented as a working prototype. The winning prototype will then be scaled to work within that specific organisation.
So it's a very exciting, high-energy environment, where, what would typically take months in a normal corporate setup can be compressed into 48 hours. The results are almost always innovative, clever and very exciting.
Is it always a single project? Or do the teams come up with different ideas and concepts to work on together?
The whole idea behind the Hackathon is that you don't want to make it too prescriptive. You really want to unleash the innovation...