South African transport data startup, WhereIsMyTransport, will be hosting a series of developer hackathons across Afrika in partnership with Facebook. The CONNECT Hackathon Series kicks-off in Johannesburg from 19 to 21 January 2018 and will then move on to Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Kigali, and Nairobi.

The aim of the CONNECT series of hackathons will be to facilitate the development of solutions addressing the challenges and opportunities of moving people and goods around Afrika's cities.

"I think we have put together something really special for the Gauteng. Digitalising public transport routes in the region allow for local talent to build solutions that help citizens directly. We’re looking forward to seeing what gets built," said Marsh Reddy, Platform Evangelist at WhereIsMyTransport.

In Johannesburg, Facebook and WhereIsMyTransport will be providing participating developers access and expertise to help them build mobile solutions that combine the Facebook Places Graph API and the WhereIsMyTransport Public Transport API. In all the cities across Afrika where the hackathons will be held, the CONNECT series will partner with local innovation hubs, like 22 on Sloane, and local Developer Circles from Facebook - the social media company's program to support communities of people passionate about technology, sharing ideas, learning, and collaborating.

“Facebook is defined by its hacker culture, and we’re excited to be partnering with WhereIsMyTransport to bring this hackathon series to the developer community. Efficiently moving people and goods between places is a fundamental problem that a number of startups are solving for cities in the region. Our platform can help add significant value to that work and we’re eager to see the innovative solutions which will be created from these events,” said Proud Dzambukira, Strategic Partner Manager Platform Partnerships; Sub-Saharan Africa
at Facebook.

For the Johannesburg edition of the CONNECT Hackathon series, additional support from MLabs, The Gauteng Provincial Department of Roads and Transport, Gautrain Management Agency, SANRAL, National Department of Transport, the Cities of Johannesburg Tshwane, Ekurhuleni helped bring this special initiative to life.