About the hackathon
Digital services have undoubtedly shaped and improved the way we live our lives, constantly ushering us into a new age of discovery, creativity and problem solving. Access to these digital services has always been difficult for many people, not only because of a lack in infrastructure but also because of the language being used. At present, in South Africa, there is a strong bias towards English in digital ecosystems. We live in a digital age and not having digital services in our African languages is unacceptable.
This Youth Day we (Botlhale AI and Dado) will be hosting 16 teams of developers from across the country for 76 hours in commemoration of the youth that took to the streets of Soweto on the 16th of June 1976 to fight against language restrictions in education. Teams will be challenged to come up with innovative multilingual digital solutions that can help solve some problems faced by South Africans. The solutions will be built on Botlhale AI’s Natural Language Processing Toolkit, so that the teams can leverage the power of AI in local languages.