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The Synthesis Hackathon Returns with 24 hours of innovation

The Synthesis Hackathon Returns with 24 hours of innovation

[Johannesburg] – 16 August 2022 – On the 18th of August over 100 of Synthesis Software Technologies’ employees will rally for 24 non-stop hours to work against the clock and develop their ideas.

These solutions will be built with leading technologies including everything from artificial intelligence to Web3.  

Synthesis is a software development company known for its innovation and for being home to some of the brightest minds in South Africa.

Synthesis’ hackathon was on hold due to COVID restrictions. This will be its first hackathon in three years. This year’s theme is a mad scientist lab.

Synthesis has created an open hour for the event so outsiders can have a glimpse into the process. Software developers and business owners have applied to attend the event.

“The Synthesis Hackathon may have been on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions but its return promises to be like nothing we have ever seen before.

When we launched the hackathon, ideas that our developers had been sitting on flooded in. Our channel was immediately overloaded.

On the 18th, for 24 hours, these ideas will be brought to life with constant coding, and they will be presented to judges in the morning in an exhibit.

The point of the day is to merge idea generation with action – which is what we do best – bring ideas to life through technology,” says Howard Feldman, Head of Marketing & People at Synthesis.

Over 60 ideas were collected by the Synthesis team, who will collaborate in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and globally online. The employees will then be divided into 14 groups to build out these ideas.

Ideas have included everything from Spotify playlists designed to find music that will be liked by everyone in a group to an AI demand-based calculator.

“When the Synthesis team walks into the hackathon, they will walk into a lab transformed to encourage experimentation where anything goes.

The event will be an amalgamation of caffeine, midnight laser tag, waffles, brilliant minds (including business leaders from outside of Synthesis), music, SWAG and code – everything needed to encourage creativity. We excited to see what unfolds,” concludes Feldman.


For more information on the innovative work Synthesis has done for its blue-chip clients, contact:

Kim Furman

Marketing Manager

072 236 3572

About Synthesis

Synthesis uses innovative technology solutions to provide businesses with a competitive edge today. Synthesis focuses on banking and financial institutions, retail, healthcare and telecommunications sectors in South Africa and other emerging markets.

In 2017 Capital Appreciation Limited, a JSE-listed Fintech company, acquired 100 percent of Synthesis. Following the acquisition, Synthesis remains an independent operating entity within the Capital Appreciation Group providing Cloud, Digital and RegTech services as well as corporate learning solutions through the Synthesis Academy.