2 SA students win global award for international hackathon challenge

– Two students from South African formed part of a four-person team that won the award for best idea during the international hackathon challenge as part of its annual Global Youth Leaders Summit

– Different students from countries around the world were tasked with coming up with an idea to connect people during the pandemic

– The group of students quickly deciphered an idea that would allow kids to engage with each other across the world digital

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Two South African students who formed part of a group of four team members have flown South Africa’s flag high by winning this year’s digitally-held, hackathon challenge as part of its annual Global Youth Leaders Summit.

The innovative team that took part in Hong Kong University’s Hackathon challenge, consisted of Ryan Naidoo and Jason Kamps from the University of Pretoria and Fiona Wong and Michelle Sandhika from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Meet Lucky Thusi, who went from newspaper runner to running two newspapers

The 12 groups of students were tasked with “Transforming Crisis into Re-connection,” which was also the theme of the summit. With only 24-hours on the clock, the UP students along with their Polytechnic University counterparts had to come up with an idea to connect people across the world in an innovative, informative, and educational way.

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The proud hackathon winners. Source: Provided
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The teams solution was a monthly subscription box service called Friend-in-a-Box. The box would contain activities that a child can complete with children from other countries.

The box would have a QR code, which allows another child on the other side of the world to open their box, allowing them to make contact and start working together to open their boxes, explained Naidoo and Kamps. Each box would contain three games, as well as educational and interesting information about their buddys country of origin, explained the star team.

In similar Briefly.co.za news, Lucky Dryva Thusi is one of those people who is living proof that hard work, passion and perseverance pave the road to success! As the first person ever to hold the title of news editor for two different Caxton publications in his branch in Johannesburg, he is an inspiration to his colleagues and young journalists everywhere.

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Back in 2005, he joined Caxton as a runner, delivering newspapers three days a week around the city. His love of photography saw him taking more of an interest in journalism. Fortunately for him, Caxton believes in investing in their staff to give them opportunities to improve themselves and gave Lucky the chance to train as a reporter as part of their Cadet Programme.

In 2007, Lucky spent his very first day in the newsroom, as a cadet, getting a good feel for the real world of reporting. Next, he was sent to Cross Media in Honeydew for an intensive course in journalism.

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