Hackathon to reinvent the SMS

2016-04-21 06:00

Eastern Cape programmers are being challenged to take SMS communication to a new level at the next Propella Futuremakers Hub hackathon.

Hosted in the Propella Futuremakers ICT hub on April 22, the hackathon is challenging programmers to think outside the box to create a marketable bulk SMS service.

“The intellectual property will remain with the programmer or team which develops the apps, and they are encouraged to make them available to the market,” says Ellen Fischat, business support manager at the Propella Futuremakers Hub.

“What the market is looking for is bulk SMS apps which allow them to, for example, communicate more effectively with their customers or to keep their sales teams in the field updated on the latest offers and pricing,” she says.

The challenge for the programmers is to ensure that the app cannot be hijacked or used by spammers and that it complies with privacy regulations.

Programmers will be encouraged to think about their potential buyers when designing their specific system instead of the generic system that is already available.

If the buyer is going to be a school or university so they can send bulk messages to their attendees then programmers can design it around what they would need.

The hack will be fuelled with bottomless cups of coffee, pizza and chips – with participants being connected to one of the fastest digital lines in the Eastern Cape.

On Friday, April 22 everyone who thinks they have what it takes to develop a unique bulk SMS sender and receiver is invited to join fellow programmers to battle it out to create the better SMS system from scratch.

  • Enquiries: Propella Futuremakers Hub on 041 502 3700.

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