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Synthesis Hackathon Competition


Enter the Synthesis Chai FM Hackathon Competition

Synthesis is excited to be hosting its annual hackathon. Once-to-twice a year, we take 24-hours and commit this time to build an awesome minimal viable product (MVP). This year, we decided to do something different and to use the hackathon for social good.

One of the greatest challenges that South Africa faces is gender-based violence. This hackathon will have a stream dedicated to tackling this problem and to using technology to help alleviate this problem.

Radio ChaiFm and Synthesis Technologies have partnered to find solutions but we want to team up with you! We invite you to join us! Come up with an app or tech idea to address gender-based violence in SA and stand a chance to win R5 000. You might even have your tech build in our hackathon. Submit your ideas to [email protected] and help us develop technology for good.

Follow our Hackathon journey at #SynthesisHackathon #Dev4Good

T’s and C’s Apply.

Please see below the Terms and Conditions to enter the Synthesis Hackathon Competition:  

By entering the competition and/or accepting any prize (if you are a winner), you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. 

The promoter of the competition is 101.9 ChaiFM (“ChaiFM”). 

You are not eligible to participate in competition if – 

  • You are a director, member, partner, employee, agent or consultant of ChaiFM, its affiliates or any other person who supplies goods or services in connection with the competition; 
  • You are a spouse, life partner, parent, child or sibling (whether natural or adopted), business partner or associate of the persons specified above; 
  • Unless otherwise stipulated, you are below the age of 18 years at the time of entering the competition; 
  • You are a Synthesis employee. 


There are no limits to the number of entries you can submit.  

It is your responsibility to ensure that all the information which you provide to ChaiFM is complete, accurate and up to date. No entry is valid until the validation process determined by ChaiFM and Synthesis has taken place.  

Any entries received after the closure of the competition will not be eligible to participate inthe competition, regardless of the reason for the late entry. ChaiFM is not liable for any technical failure that may result in an entry not being successfully submitted. 

The outcome of the competition is subject to the decision of the Synthesis judge, presenter or organizer of the competition, whose decision is final, and no negotiations and or correspondence will be entered into after the fact. 

If two or more participants enter the same or similar submission, it is at Synthesis’ discretion to decide the winner.  

Ideas cannot win if they are a replica or plagiarism of existing items.  

Applicants will be held liable if they submit plagiarism.  

Only one idea will be deemed as the winning idea. 

All submissions may be used in the hackathon and considered property of Synthesis. The prize winner, or any other contender, will have no further claim or ownership, risk or reward over their submission. Only the winning idea will be subject to a prize.  

Participants in the competition enter and/or accept prizes (if they are the winner) at their own risk. By entering the competition and/or accepting any prize, the participants and winners hereby indemnify, release and hold harmless ChaiFM and Synthesis and its affiliates from and against any actions, claims and/or liability for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the competition, and/or the use, acceptance or possession of a prize by the winner and/or any person with whom the winner shares that prize, and/or participation (or non-participation) in a prize-related activity.  

For purposes hereof, “affiliate” means our partners, co-promoters and sponsors of this competition, our and their subsidiaries and respective holding companies, the subsidiaries of their holding companies, and our and their directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives. 

Any prize is accepted by a winner at his/her own risk and ChaiFM and its affiliates are not liable, at any time, for any defect in the prizes. 

All prizes must be claimed within two months of the announcement of winners on air or on ChaiFM’s website. Prizes not claimed within this period will be forfeited. 

Depending on the nature of the competition and the prize, ChaiFM may be responsible for delivery of the prizes to the winners. Whilst ChaiFM will make every effort to deliver the prizes to the winners as soon as possible after the announcement of winners, ChaiFM will endeavour to deliver the prize to the winner within four weeks of such announcement. 

The prize will be transferred into the winner’s bank account within four weeks of the competition.  

It is at the winner’s discretion to provide the correct banking details. Synthesis and Chai FM will make payment into this account and will not be held liable if the details are incorrect.  

The prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged or redeemed for cash or any other item. 

If you win a prize and the possession and/or use of that prize is subject to regulation or authorisation, you must possess whatever documents and permissions/authorisations that are required in order to accept and use a prize and such documents, permissions or authorisations must remain valid for the duration of the use of the prize. It is your responsibility to obtain those documents, permissions or authorisations, which will be at your own cost. 

You may not win a prize if it is unlawful for us to supply that prize to you. If you do win such a prize, you will forfeit it. 

ChaiFM reserves the right to vary, suspend, postpone or terminate the competition and any prizes, or any aspect thereof, for any reasons whatsoever and without notice. In such event, you hereby waive any rights or expectations which you may have against ChaiFM and acknowledge that you will have no recourse or claim of any nature against ChaiFM. 

If you win a prize, you hereby agree to:

  • the publishing or distribution of your name and details by ChaiFM; 
  • within reason and with prior notice and acceptance, the use your image in marketing material; 
  • subject to your prior acceptance, participate in ChaiFM’s marketing activities; 
  • without remuneration due to you from ChaiFM. 
  • the idea and intellectual property (IP) is the property of Synthesis and you release all claim to this IP.  

ChaiFM will not be held liable for any injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the publication of your name, details and/or image and your participation in ChaiFM’s marketing activities. 

Subject to these terms and conditions, ChaiFM and Synthesis will not disclose any of the participant’s personal information to third parties without that participant’s permission.  

By participating in this competition, you authorize ChaiFM and Synthesis to use your personal information to communicate with you from time to time. You may indicate if you do not wish to receive such communications from ChaiFM. 

If you or any person with whom you share the prize (if you are the winner), fail to comply with any of these terms and conditions, then without prejudice to any other remedy which ChaiFM may have, – 

  • you will be automatically disqualified from the competition; 
  • if you have won a prize, you will forfeit that prize; 
  • you will pay ChaiFM for any loss or damage incurred by them, directly or indirectly, as a result of 
  • the non-compliance, including all of legal costs which they may incur in taking any steps pursuant 
  • to the non-compliance; and 
  • you indemnify and hold ChaiFM harmless against any claim by any person, (whether direct, 
  • indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential) of any nature, whether arising from negligence or 
  • any other cause, relating to any death, injury, loss and/or damage which may be suffered 
  • howsoever arising in relation to that non-compliance.