The South African leg of infoDev's global m2work Hakcathon has officially kicked off at mLab Southern Africa at The Innovation Hub in Tshwane. Despite the chilly spring morning participants arrived in high spirits, signed in and headed to the mLab kitchen to get some coffee and tea to worm up for what promisses to be another epic mLab hackathon.
Qualcomm, one of our local partners, presented to the participants on the power of mobile. Qualcomm has become a major innovator and provider of the "smart" part of smart phones and have their own SDKs and great developer program. Participants had an opportunitiy to ask questions and engage around the hardware.
Amongst the audience was 8 developers joinging the challenge virtually from the BlackBerry Apps Lab at the University of Pretoria via Skype.
In an effort to inspire and inform our participants we viewed a powerful video from TEDxBrussels with Leila Janah on the concept of Microwork.
After our imformation session participants broke out into teams to finalize their m2work app ideas to be presented to us shortly before they start hacking away at code over the next 27 hours.