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AfricArena and Ozow launch hackathon challenge

Digital payment specialist Ozow and AfricArena are challenging tech talent across the nation to help deliver a new wave of fintech innovation leveraging the new Ozow API, with prize money of R100,000 in cash for the winning team.
L to R: Mitchan Adams, Thomas Pays and Lyle Eckstein, founders of Ozow
L to R: Mitchan Adams, Thomas Pays and Lyle Eckstein, founders of Ozow
Ozow has teamed up with AfricArena to launch a hackathon challenge across South Africa. This is a unique opportunity for tech developers to build innovation and work with the world-class team of Ozow, by providing a presentation of their idea and code using the Ozow API to demonstrate the application.

Three finalist teams will qualify and compete at the upcoming AfricArena Summit from 24-25 November 2020. The winning team will walk away with a cash prize of R100,000, and the finalists will earn R25,000.
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Thomas Pays, founder and CEO of Ozow, says, “The growth of the fintech industry has been accelerating throughout the pandemic, and digitization of payments is at the forefront of the economic transformation of many businesses. Since its inception, Ozow has been an incredibly dynamic and innovative South Africa based company. Our world class tech team is putting the best developer minds in the country to the challenge with the AfricArena Ozow challenge. We are looking forward to receiving very disruptive ideas using our new Ozow API and to work with the finalist teams to continue to deliver amazing innovation to the market.”

“We are very proud of partnering with the Ozow team, a challenge winner at AfricArena 2017, to work on this amazing Hackathon and engage with the brilliant tech community in South Africa for applications using Ozow technology. Ozow has been an incredible success story since its creation and has become a reference in fintech. We hope this will unlock further innovation and enable many developers across the nation to show their metal” says Christophe Viarnaud, AfricArena founder.

For more about the Ozow Hackathon Challenge, go to https://portal.africarena.com/challenge/ozow_challenge. Entries close on Monday, 2 November 2020 at 5pm.

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