MAISH adventure to unleash young innovators’ potential

by Kgothatso Monono

3 October 2023

Young tech enthusiast, coding wizard and extraordinary problem solvers had an opportunity to learn more about the world of hackathons – the ultimate playground for aspiring innovators – during the Mpumalanga Artificial Intelligence Students Hackathon (MAISH) activation on 29 September 2023 at the University of Mpumalanga.

Senyeki Marebane FoICT Academic Manager, TUT eMalahlemi Campus.

Hosted by the Tshwane University of Technology in collaboration with the University of Mpumalanga, the aim was to expose young people to this wonderful world as well as invite and lure students from all around Mpumalanga to participate in the upcoming MAISH Hackathon from 27-29 October 2023 in Mpumalanga, at TUT’s eMalahleni Campus.

MAISH is an intense, time-bound competition where teams of inventive minds will come together to tackle real-world problems to find solutions using technology. Whether it is designing a groundbreaking app, solving environmental issues, or revolutionising healthcare, hackathons offer a dynamic space to turn ideas into reality.

“Students from around Mpumalanga are called to join MAISH to learn and grow. A Hackathon is an unparalleled learning experience. Students will have the chance to work on innovative technologies, develop new skills and gain first-hand experience to boost their future career prospects,” said Senyeki Marebane, FoICT Academic Manager TUT eMalahleni.

Hackathons attract industry professionals and mentors who are eager to share their knowledge and guide students through the process, thus it is an excellent opportunity to expand professional networks. Since many hackathons are organised in collaboration with companies and organizations, it means students get to solve real-world problems and potentially see their solutions implemented in the marketplace.

Dr Olalekan Ogunleye, lecturer at the University of Mpumalanga, told students that participating in a hackathon is not just an event, it is an opportunity to unleash their creativity, enhance their critical thinking skills and collaborate with like-minded individuals. 

Thato Kujwane FoICT Student,TUT eMalahleni Campus.

“Participating in a hackathon is a multifaceted experience, way beyond coding. It is about pushing your limits, learning new things, building connections and just having a great time. Therefore, seize the opportunity, join the upcoming Hackathon and let your creativity thrive,” he said.

Working in diverse teams foster creativity and teamwork. Amongst your peers, you will meet like-minded individuals, form lasting connections and you might even launch a startup together. Most Hackathons offer impressive prizes, from cash rewards to gadgets or job offers. Plus, the recognition you receive will be a valuable addition to your portfolio.

Thato Kujwane, FoICT student from the eMalahleni Campus said: “Hackathons that I have attended previously enabled me to gain a variety of skills applicable to solving real-world problems. In my experience, Hackathons are fantastic for implementing knowledge taught in the classroom, since sponsors provide the resources. In a way, I would like to think that Hackathons are the playground where resources are provided purely to experiment. Also, I have been able to pick up that Hackathons have a way of enabling critical thinking and develop problem solving skills,” he added.

So, what are you waiting for? Join our Hackathon and embark on a thrilling journey of discovery, innovation and personal growth. It is time to unleash your inner innovator and make a difference in the world!

Students who attended the MAISH activation.
Dr Olalekan Ogunleye Lecturer at the University of Mpumalanga.
Students who attended the MAISH activation.

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