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KZN Industrial Forum

March 17, 2015

The KZN Industrial Hubs Investment Forum will focus on investment opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal and promote the development of Industrial Economic Hubs in key industrial sectors across the Province, including Agro-Processing, Auto Supplier Park, Clothing and Textiles, Electronics, Leather Processing, Processed Perishable Goods and Renewable Energy.

The event will count with the participation of Minister Rob Davies from the Department of Trade & Industry, Premier Senzo Mchunu, MEC Michael Mabuyakhulu, and national and international keynote speakers and industry experts from The World Bank, African Development Bank, and private organizations such as Toyota and McCain Foods.

This will be a great opportunity to:
•    Meet with KZN Government officials in one-on-one meetings specifically tailored to discuss particular business opportunities and investment plans;
•    Meet prospective local and international partners and find local investment opportunities;
•    Get new ideas and assess opportunities;
•    Network with relevant decision makers and connect with industry experts and innovators.



August 11, 2014

HackaDurban hosts Africa’s first HackaGlobal Hackathon

Solutionism in Durban

The teams at the end of the 24 hours

The teams at the end of the 24 hours

On the 15th‐16th of August 2014, HackaDurban hosted its first 24hr hackathon.

The event was aimed at connecting the techpreneur community by combining enterpeneurship and technology to build start‐ups over 24hours. This was to build on the “Solutionism in Durban”. Participants took part in a diversity challenge where they were broken‐up into groups at random and asked to develop a concept over 5mins and later pitch it to the floor, this was in a bid to familiarise the participants with the overall objective of the Hackathon.

Keynote speaker and judge for the evening was Craig McCleod, CEO of Build and Bilal Kathrada, CEO of IT Varsity. Participants were again given the open floor to pitch their own challenges. The following challenges were identified:

1. Go Metro Challenege (This was a sponsored challenge from Justin Coetzee, Founder of Go Metro. Participants were asked to create dataset of Durban bus schedules for Go Metro, lead by Jude Babs)

2. Project Hawk (Crime surveillance system, lead by Theolan Govendor)

3. Chariteez (An awareness‐driven t‐shirt brand, lead by Wasseem Sader)

4. Danger (A game using Gamification elements, lead by Adriel Naidoo)

One of the highlights of the events included The Game Crew who were the youngest participants of the hackathon, made up of Daryn van Vreden (14), Liam Henry (15) and Shane Constable (15). Their creative juices were flowing as their end product was a 3D, first‐person rendition of the classic Pacman game.

Saturday was D‐Day for participants as they had to finalise on the technology elements of their minimal viable products and draft a small business model for pitching to a panel of judges at 3pm.

Judges included:

1. Neil Vose (MD, Quirk)

2. Jonathon Darker (Durban Digital Day)

3. Craig McCleod (CEO, Build)

4. Cade Lamalette (Death by Digital)

5. Bilal Kathrada (CEO, IT Varsity)

6. Alan Harhoff (Always Active Technologies)

Mentors included:

1. Tiyani Nghonyama (Geekulcha)

2. Mixo Ngoveni (Geekulcha)

3. Taylor Gibb (Derivco)

4. Matt Cavanagh (Rogue Code)

First place went to Chariteez, for their creative use of branding in driving social awareness and responsibility. Second place went to, Project Hawk and Third place went to Danger.

The prizes:

• Each team received a small cash prize sponsored by Ernst and Young Students UK.

• Cash prize coupled with a mentorship programme for each team by Sally Moodley from 777


• Winners and active members in HackaDurban will walk away with 20 tickets sponsored by

Jonathon Darker from Durban Digital Day.

• Vouchers from Build have been given to all participants for the developing of websites

sponsored by Craig McCleod, a portion of each sign up and use on Build will go to The

Durban Innovation Hub.

• The Go Metro Challenge Team will be connected to Justin Coetzee and will work closely with

the Go Metro team for the development and eventual rollout of Go Metro in Durban.

• The Game Crew has been adopted by The Durban Innovation Hub to provide best possible

avenues for their development in the gaming arena in Durban.

A hearty thank you to hackers, organisers, mentors, judges and sponsors of the HackaDurban Hackathon.

For highlights view:


Contact: NK, HackaLead Durban Chapter

Telephone: 083 981 7978