Hackathon Every Tuesday 7pm till Midnight Johannesburg #SouthAfrica

Hackathon’s have always been used to develop and build on modules to either existing systems or New developments with a vision future . With the connected planet we have today. And our understanding of past. Profit can be generated faster too. FinTech is today, Join us at #SouthAfrica Johannesburg office from 7pm every Tuesday till Midnight.

With access to our Telepresence boardroom we will connect with The Internet,  Global Cloud and HACK that single project till Profit is generated.

We call on those gifted and those taught the utility of Computer Technology :  research, developers, UX & Design, Social Media,

Terms :

  1. Should project development by midnight reach a deployment capability after tests with key action items for the next session. A series round of private hacks will be formed should the project reach : > National, Continental , Global potential.
  2. Confidentiality agreements are mandatory for application irrespective of your Global location.
  3. BitCoin / PayPal / Any Bank Institution of South Africa transfer details is required upon completion of Hack end projects

Reason about #Hack4ProfitSA

By 2030 South Africa will be a far greater place than it is since 1994 and before. Read more about National Development Plan 2030

Knowing the world we live in and the growth of this Technological age, While understanding Africa. We can only prosper when we focus our thoughts to action over a few hours.

Join us, and if you have never been to a Hackathon before, cure your curiosity- yet keep in mind that there is no space for spectators.

A short extract from Wikipedia below


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Not to be confused with Wargame (hacking).

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects.[1] Occasionally, there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming languageused, the operating system, an application, an API, or the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.

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Barclays claims largest ever financial services hackathon #FinTech #FinTechNews

Source: Barclays

The Bank Awakens saw 547 teams and 1,045 participants compete over 36 hours on Saturday and Sunday in Mumbai, India, and Manchester, UK, where Barclays has two of its Rise innovation hubs.

Rise is Barclays’ open innovation programme – a network of physical hubs and virtual networks designed to stimulate the growth of innovative start-ups operating in the financial technology (fintech) sector.


The hackathon was designed to address the challenges and opportunities presented to the banking industry by the introduction of the Directive on Payment Services (PSD2), a new European banking regulation coming into effect in 2018. Barclays invited a global network of developers, start-ups and fintechs to take part in the weekend’s hackathon to explore some of the best and most innovative emerging ideas and disruptive technologies that could help shape the future of banking.

Michael Harte, Barclays Head of Group Innovation said: “Hackathons allow us to dynamically collaborate with some of the brightest minds in the global fintech start-up communities around the world. It’s about our staff co-creating solutions with external teams; coming together for 36 hours to work on specific customer and business solutions – an intense burst of idea storming and experimental hacks to build innovative prototypes and minimum viable products or features for customers. Rapid collaboration through hacks helps fuel and accelerate innovation to benefit customers and clients across the globe.”

The hackathon marked the first time Barclays has released its APIs (application programming interfaces) to external developers via its API store – demonstrating how the bank is shifting its focus even further towards open innovation; a willingness to share its internal data and technology to work together with the start-up community to drive innovation for the benefit of customers and clients. Peter Josse, CIO for Barclays UK said: “We understand the critical importance of digital and data and the role they’re playing in reshaping the financial services industry. We’re passionate about leading the way for open banking and providing our customers and clients with secure, resilient next gen products and services.”

The hackathon was done in partnership with over 20 of the bank’s technology partners, including Google, Twitter, IBM, Amazon and Microsoft, offering the participating teams support from a range of leading industry experts to help grow and develop their innovative ideas.

The hackathon took place at the Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai, in partnership with Acehacker and at Barclays’ Rise hub in Manchester in partnership with Software City Global and Central Working. Across the two sites, there were 105 working prototypes created and 6 winners selected. Prizes included £1,500 (1,50,000 INR) for the winning teams, who also have the opportunity to be supported by Barclays in developing their prototypes into real life solutions.

#SouthAfrica Rand continues to gain ground against DOLLAR, POUND

The Rand Originally posted by Eye Witness News, South Africa , ref link at end article

JOHANNESBURG – The rand has continued to gain ground against the dollar and pound, now dropping below the R18 level to sterling.

This is after falling below R14 to the dollar at around 4.30pm, reaching the strongest levels in months.

Investors are awaiting the outcomes of meetings by the US Fed and the bank of japan.

Around 4.30pm, the rand was 13.85 to the dollar, 17.96 to the pound and 15.48 to the euro.

Analysts say the individual meetings by the US Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan, both on policy, have caused general nervousness favouring emerging market currencies.

Both meetings will conclude tomorrow, with investors remaining cautious and waiting for the outcome of the two meetings.

Reports say the US Fed is not expected to raise rates but the Bank of Japan is contemplating decreasing rates.

Meanwhile, as the rand continues to strengthen, ratings agency Moody’s has more good news.

It has indicated that the probability of a credit downgrade for South Africa is less than 50 percent.

It says the country simply needs to continue with its economic policies and sees Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan staying in his position.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)


#Drought trended today over 13million people – Detailed Analytical report

Today #Drought trended in South Africa, with a global conversation of over 13 Million people. We thought of sharing with you how the world saw South Africa today and how South Africa engaged on a Global crisis. Below is an embedded report. Should you wish to download the report you can by clicking drought-hashtag-report – download here

Tip – How to setup a LiveStream Encoder for YouTube

Live streaming events has now become a mandatory facility. If you feel you have the skills to get this done, then this article is for you.

If you feel this info is totally out of understanding, then you should book Hashtag South Africa to run your event with Social media to find out more visit

Social Media Events

Set up your live streaming encoder

Before you can start streaming on YouTube, you need to download encoding software. Encoding software allows you to capture content, including your desktop, camera, microphone and more, and send it to YouTube Live to be streamed to all your fans.

The best encoding software for you depends on your needs. We’ve organised a selection of encoders below.

YouTube Live Verified Devices & Software

Live Verified devices and software are integrated with YouTube Live – just look for the YouTube logo in the software and log in with your Google Account. Your encoder will be automatically set up for use with YouTube and you’ll be ready to start streaming!

Mobile live streaming
Android 5.0 and 5.1.1+Record and stream from the YouTube Gaming app.
Elgato Game Capture HD60
Windows, MacRecord and stream your Xbox, PlayStation or Wii U gameplay.
XSplit Broadcaster
Windows (Free version available!)Revolutionary audio/video mixing application that allows you to create professional live broadcasts and video recordings.
XSplit Gamecaster
Windows (Free version available!)The easiest way to stream and record your greatest gaming moments at the click of a button. Perfect for sharing your gameplay.
Wirecast Play
Windows, Mac (Free version available!)Everything you need to stream live video from your desktop to the world.

The products listed above meet the YouTube Live Verified criteria. As none of the above products are made by Google, it is important to evaluate these products and decide what makes the most sense for you or your business.

Other Encoders

Looking for something open source?Try Open Broadcaster Software, free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.


If you’ve selected an encoder that is not Live Verified, no problem! Here is how to set them up.

If you are using the Stream now option:

  • Simply copy the server URL and stream name/key into your encoder.

If you are creating a Live Event:

  • Copy the YouTube entry points from Ingestion Settings to your encoder.
    • Stream Name – This identifies your stream on YouTube’s servers.
    • Primary Server URL – This is the main server where your stream will be ingested by YouTube.
    • Backup Server URL – This is the backup server where your stream will be ingested by YouTube.
  • Choosing to stream to the backup is recommended but requires double the outbound bandwidth (you are outputting a simultaneous redundant stream). So make sure that you have the Internet bandwidth capacity.
    • Ideally, your backup stream should be on an entirely redundant physical encoder.
  • Configure your encoder using YouTube’s recommended encoding settings.
  • Configure your audio and video sources.
  • Start encoding.
  • If you’re using a scheduled event, you’ll need to start the event on YouTube too!

Beyond Pokémon GO: The Secret to a Better Augmented Reality Experience

Whether or not you understand the recent drive to fill the world around you with obnoxious animated characters that you can only see as long as you hold your phone up in front of your face at all times,augmented reality does have the potential to enhance our world in ways that are occasionally useful. However, the AR experience is currently a sterile one, with augmentations overlaid on top of, but not really a part of, the underlying reality.

Abe Davis is a graduate student at MIT Rather than using 3D graphics to model the motion characteristics of objects, IDV extracts motion information from a small amount of 2D video, and then generates simulations of objects in that video, allowing the augmented part of AR to interact directly with the reality part, turning static objects into objects that you (or your virtual characters) can play with.

To understand how this works, imagine a simple moving object, like bedsheet hanging on a clothesline in a gentle breeze. As the wind blows, the sheet will ripple, and those ripples will consist of a horizontal component (movement across the sheet) as well as a vertical component (movement up or down the sheet). Once you’ve figured out these motion components, called resonant or vibration modes, you can simulate them individually or combine them together in ways that can mimic a breeze blowing in a different direction or at a different strength. The fundamental knowledge that you gain about how the real sheet moves on a very basic level allows you (and a real-time video editor) to make the sheet in the video move in a realistic way as well, without being constrained by reality itself.

This method can be applied to much more complicated objects than bedsheets, although it gets trickier to pick out all of the vibration modes. For it to work properly, you need a stable, baseline video of the scene, you need to move the object that you’re interested in simulating, and you need to watch it move for long enough that you can accurately extract the vibration modes that you care about, which may take a minute or two. Unfortunately, this means that using it for Pokemon GO is probably not realistic unless you have a lot more patience and restraint than the typical Pokemon GO player seems to have, because you can’t just wander around and point your phone at physical objects that can be instantly animated (yet):

As curmudgeonly as we are about whatever silly games kids (and some adults) are playing these days, the underlying technology here is very cool, and there’s potential for many different applications. Generally, modeling a real world object for any purpose, from civil engineering analysis to making animated movies, requires first making a detailed 3D model of that object and applying a physics engine to get it to move. With interactive dynamic video, you can skip the complicated and time-consuming 3D modeling step to create a virtual model with reality-based physics. Such a model may not offer the same movement space as a full 3D model, but that’s a reasonable trade-off for only having to spend a minute or two with video camera and a tripod to create it.

While Davis has no immediate plans to commercialize any of this (he’s heading to Stanford for his postdoc in the fall), MIT has a patent on the technique, and it’s not difficult for Davis to speculate about where we might see IDV in the near future.

“[W]hen you look at VR companies like Oculus, they are often simulating virtual objects in real spaces,” he says. “This sort of work turns that on its head, allowing us to see how far we can go in terms of capturing and manipulating real objects in virtual space.”

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