Media Kit

Media Advisory

U.S. Consulate Cape Town
31 October, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tackling Gender-Based Violence Through Tech
Every three hours a woman is murdered in South Africa. What’s more, the country has the fourth highest female interpersonal violence death rate in the world. Additionally, South Africa’s rape statistics are amongst the highest globally, with an average of 114 rapes being reported to the police every day.
The theme of gender-based violence will be the focus of the first of four hackathons taking place in Cape Town and Johannesburg over a one-year period as part of an initiative by the US Embassy in South Africa called Hackathons for South Africa: Digital Solutions for Real World Challenges.
The inaugural hackathon will be held in the EY premises at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from Friday the 22nd to Sunday, the 24th of November 2019. Emerging software developers, IT professionals, trainers, civil society organisations, academics and professionals with expertise relevant to the theme are all invited to attend the event and create innovative digital solutions to the problem of gender-based violence.
During the hackathon, attendees will explore what can be done to make communities safer, investigate how best to respond to threats, and produce tech that could save lives.
The winning team will walk away with R15,000. What’s more, with implementation partner Silicon Cape being an ecosystem enabler for tech-enabled startups, they will be connected with accelerators, mentors and other relevant community members such as developers, angel investors and venture capitalists to help bring their solution to life. Amazon Web Services will also give the winning team access to the low cost, easy-to-use infrastructure needed to scale and grow via the AWS Activate programme which includes benefits like $10,000 worth of AWS Promotional Credits, valid for two years; AWS Business Support valued at $5,000 which is valid for up to one year and a solution architect technical whiteboarding session.
Will Stevens, Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town says: “The scourge of gender-based violence is something that affects our communities here in South Africa as well as the United States, and we must stand together to stop it. By bringing together South African and American civic activists, coders, and creatives, we believe that this hackathon will offer real solutions to help tackle the problem in both our societies.”
Silicon Cape Chairperson, Dr Sumarie Roodt, adds: “Through these hackathons we hope to bring real solutions to the fore that could help real people to either change their reality or perception for the better. We want to instil hope and would like to upskill all participants with new mental models and frameworks that they could apply to other areas of their working or personal lives. Most importantly, we want to build stronger communities and build a bridge between South Africa and the USA.”
To participate in the hackathon, or for more information, please email joslyn@siliconcape.com.

Press

Baratang’s interview with Metro FM
http://www.metrofm.co.za/digital/player/1.0/metrofm/index.html


Hackathon tackles gender-based violence through tech
https://it-online.co.za/2019/11/05/hackathon-tackles-gender-based-violence-through-tech/


Hackathon calls for tech solutions to gender-based violence
https://www.itweb.co.za/content/raYAyMoVGVY7J38N


Modern Ghana
https://www.modernghana.com/news/965394/us-embassy-in-south-africa-to-host-hackaton-to.html


Cape Argus Newspaper
https://www.pressreader.com/south-africa/cape-argus/20191107/281582357440655


US Embassy Cape Town hackathon to seek tech solutions for gender-based violence

https://ventureburn.com/2019/11/us-embassy-hackathon-gender-violence/


US Embassy and Silicon Cape to host hackathons focused on tackling GBV

https://www.htxt.co.za/2019/11/07/us-embassy-and-silicon-cape-to-host-hackathons-focused-on-tackling-gbv/


TechMoran
https://techmoran.com/2019/11/04/this-hackathon-tackling-gender-based-violence-through-tech-is-giving-out-over-r45000-in-prizes/


Using tech to tackle gender-based violence

https://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/379/197582.html


US Embassy with Silicon Cape aim to tackle societal challenges with terrific support for participants – Smile FM Interview – Dr Sumarie Roodt, Silicon Cape Chairperson and Mignon Cardentey, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate Cape Town
https://echocast.fabrik.fm/MRQyPV6vVpGQ2R?fbclid=IwAR3GtsUS7nWiYTxBLWwBIZI3SKfQnVB-OJjf9j5NbPSFQOcf8zTnnMNLy3M


Cape Towner
https://www.capetowner.co.za/news/totally-hacked-38050651


Cape Talk – After11
http://www.capetalk.co.za/podcasts/119/capetalk-icymi/270572/cape-tech-companies-join-the-fight-against-gender-based-violence


Dr Sumarie Roodt and Deputy Public Affairs Officer Mignon Cardentey on Cape Talk
http://www.capetalk.co.za/podcasts/140/today-with-kieno-kammies/265996/upcoming-hackathon-to-tackle-gender-based-violence-guests


Talk 702
http://www.702.co.za/podcasts/119/capetalk-icymi/270572/cape-tech-companies-join-the-fight-against-gender-based-violence