Team Tech Khaltsha walked away from a virtual Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) 2021 Township Tech Pitch Competition with honours yesterday (10 March).
At least six township-based entrepreneurial teams took part in an intense online Township Tech hackathon battle late last month for the tech-pitch crown.
The aim of the initiative is to catalyse innovative solutions that will not only promote growth but also provide opportunities for new businesses and tech ideas within the townships.
Yesterday, after weeks of suspense and anxiety, Team Tech Khaltsha was declared the winner of this year’s competition during a live-stream event on the Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn Facebook page and the CiTi Youtube page .
The finalists and the winners were judged on the effectiveness of their solutions, how easily the solution can be implemented as well as the overall utilisation of tech creativity to support the product/solution.
The finalists were judged by an esteemed group of experts, eager to see some of the innovation coming from the townships.
While some of the contestants were anxious about the final day, others saw this as a great opportunity to showcase their ideas and hopefully see them realised.
Wongalethu Nyombolo of Team Thenga IT Troopers, said it was the first time his company was involved in such a competition, seeing it as a “great opportunity”.
“The name ‘Thenga’ means acquisition or purchase,” he said. “It’s a term often used a lot in the townships when people acquire something important for themselves or a loved one. My great idea is coming up with a digitised directory list application that makes it easier for the community I come from to access all the local government services and information in the comfort of their own homes.”
Nyombolo said, most importantly, he believes it will assist local municipalities in reaching the masses in the townships and help them to access the services that are available for them. “To me it is not about winning or losing, but the great opportunity that I have been afforded. Ikasi izakuphunyeleliswa sithi,” he said.
Another contestant, Thando Booi of Cyberspace said his company’s idea was to develop software that can be easily downloaded with free use of the internet so township residents can connect easily.
He said his group was well prepared and confident of winning in their category.
The Township Tech Pitch competition is a component of the TownshipTech project being run by the Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative for the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT). DEDAT’s Technology Ecosystem project is promoting the uptake of technology in the Safety-, Screen-, Financial-, Township- and 4IR-technology sectors in the Western Cape. Prizes for the finalists and the Pitch of the Day are proudly sponsored by ABSA.