A hackathon is an event where programmers get together for a short period of time to collaborate on a project. The participants work rapidly and often work without sleep to achieve their task, as the events generally only last 24 hours or take place over a weekend.
We’ve all heard that the fashion industry is worth 3 trillion USD, however, Africa accounts for less than 1% of this. Nonzero Africa introduced as a result of this the very first Business of Fashion Accelerator program in South Africa, Threads Stitched by Standard Bank, a program focussed on empowering fashion SME’s with access to market and a curriculum teaching them the ins and outs of the business side of fashion.
The impact of the program on the industry has been testified through the program’s finalists international success and business progress, but more is to be done. There are many bottlenecks that are preventing Africa’s fashion and textile industry from growing – The Fashion Tech Hackathon will aim to provide 4 innovative solutions using uniquely selected technology, and all this … in 24 Hours.
4 Teams will be formed each comprising of 1 programmer, 1 developer, 1 UX/Visual design, and 3 threads finalists. Each team will be attributed a specific unique technology to work with.
And 24 hours later, the teams will present their fully functioning proof of concepts.