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Innovation Camp successfully hosted by EBIT Faculty
11 August 2016

The first Innovation Camp hosted by the EBIT Faculty and organized by the Department of Informatics was a huge success. There were 32 groups enrolled for the event with 8 groups for the Codeathon and 24 groups for a Business Idea. Buzznovation and Coca Cola were the two sponsors. Buzznovation sponsored the prizes for the two competitions to a total of R60000 and Coca Cola sponsored the drinks for the 15 hour night hackathon as well as for the prize giving event. The Department of Informatics sponsored the operational costs of the function with the Informatorium providing security for the all night event.

Rendani Kruger and Jacques Brosens are two MIT (Information Systems) students that were responsible for all the arrangements. Earlier in the year they presented mobile development courses at the University and from the interest in the training, the idea for the Innovation Camp originated.

There were really good business ideas but at the end the winners were selected based on the feasibility of the idea and time to market. The following is the result for the two competitions:

Codeathon

Position

Group

Members

Prize

Joined 1

Null Terminators

Ulrik de Muelenaere, Solly Lebelo, Andries du Plooy, Brent Walsh, Lethabo Phofa

R4000 per group member

Joined 1

Over Under Achievers

Lesego Motea, Roy Motloutsi

3

Mean Machine

Andrew le Roux, Dewald de Jager

R2000

Business Idea

1

Matchers

Targo Dove, Joshua Antonizzi

R20000

2

SAGE

Ruan Kruger, Francois Venter

R8000

3

Transformation Hub

Kiara Chinniah, Yang Wade

R2000

 

Special prizes were also given to participants in the following categories:

Codeathon Challenges

Over Under Achievers

Lesego Motea, Roy Motloutsi

Hamper

Presentation

Inspired You

Trinity Chauke

Hamper

Persistence

Dynamic Qubits

 

Hamper

Visual Design

Alithium

Nthabiseng Makena,

Mark Dlamini

Hamper

Community based solution

Resolute

Pasungili Ramakrishnan, Diego Snayers

Hamper

 

- Author Prof Alta van der Merwe
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Jacques Brosens, Rendani Kruger, Lesego Motea, Roy Motloutsi, Prof Alta van der Merwe: HoD, Theo Ferreira, Prof Sunil: Dean