On any given day you would find the WeThinkCode_ campus filled with people doing mundane tasks such as coding something which could possibly turn the world on its head. Nothing really interesting if you ask me. There is nothing fun around here, no sir nothing at all.

But on that special occasion where the stars in our neighbouring solar system align almost perfectly while Beyonce mysteriously day dreams about your’s truly, something which can only be described as out of this solar system happens.

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WeThinkCode_ at the FNB codeFest

In case you happened to miss it, First National Bank hosted the FNB codeFest this past week and boy did you miss out. FNB managed to get some outstanding talent under the same roof for 48 hours for some good old fashioned coding. Among the crowd was of course WeThinkCode_ students doing a wonderful job of representing as part of the Gauteng Provincial Government team and various other Rand Merchant Bank teams.

The GPG in its pursuit of an improved relationship with the youth approached WeThinkCode students to come up with a proof of concept to improve service delivery across Gauteng departments.

So a a team consisting of a tester from rubric, two coders from GPG and eight WeThinkCode_ students was able to come up with a great idea which would virtually put government services in your pocket. Imagine not having to stand in queues or even going to your local government department office at all… Well thats what this app would do to overhaul the way services are delivered to the general public.

Some of the amazing features include crime maps, emergency services, job applications , pre-filled forms and the ability to file complaints at the tip of your fingers.

Using languages such as JavaScript, PHP and SQL and in just three days the team of students was able to prove that this idea was possible and feasible. With forty eight teams participating  they were able to achieve a top ten spot. 

View some pictures of the codeFest below.

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Over the weekend GirlCode hosted the GirlCode Hackaton. The event was held at Jozihub over Saturday and Sunday.

The participants had to focus on issues affecting women in South Africa and had to develop either an app or website dealing with said issues.

WTC_ students Miriam Lamarre, Eartha Hansmann, and Anastasia Bintcliffe along with Nicole Ritchie came up with an app called Supported. This app was designed with the high domestic abuse cases prevalent in South Africa in mind.

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Kyriakos Ioulianou also known as Kyri on Campus along with his business partner Salvatore Barras, are the creators of the app MiBRAND which has been nominated for the MTN App of The Year award.

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MiBRAND which launched on the first of July 2016 is an app which allows the user to follow their favourite retailers and keeps them updated via a live feed about specials and events nearby.

The app can currently be used in the Joburg area and can be found on the Google Play Store as well as Apple App Store.

The awards will take place on 04 August 2016 at 6 PM at the Sandton Convention Centre.

We wish Kyri and Salvatore all the best for the night and hope they bring it home.

Click on the link for more info on MiBRAND.


Kgomotso Mofokeng.