Cape murders prompt 'hackathon' call

2016-03-11 09:15 - Duncan Alfreds, Fin24
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Cape Town – Following the tragic deaths of teens in the Western Cape this week, technology developers have called for a hackathon to develop an app to make outdoors safer.

Franziska Blöchliger was brutally murdered in Tokai. Meanwhile, in Khayelitsha, Sinoxolo Mafevuka was found murdered in a communal toilet.

READ: They hurt her so bad – Franziska’s devastated dad

“We need to provide a solution to people wanting to enjoy the outdoors safely," project initiator Elizabeth Senger told Fin24.

"Whether it’s recreational walking, running, cycling or simply trying to get from point A to B, the last thing we need is for people to stop going outside. We need an app will enable safety in numbers by helping people easily connect and plan for any ‘on the fly’ or pre-arranged activity,” Senger said.

She said the urgent need for such an app means that a group of developers could create the technology faster than it would normally take.

“So let’s build an app by the people for the people to enable safer activities outdoors. Therefore we want to organize a 48-hour hackathon in order to create this in the quickest time possible,” said Senger.

She, along with Sham Moodliar, are calling on specifically Android, iOS, SQL, .Net developers as well as mobile UI designers, testers and analysts to participate.

Senger and Moodliar have created a Facebook page where people can register their interest in a hackathon.

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