A chance to make a better Joburg

Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Pretoria have invited students from South Africa and the Netherlands to participate in their Digital Twin Hackathon.

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JOHANNESBURG – A Digital Twin Hackathon with the potential to benefit policy-making in the city of Johannesburg is the latest offering from Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct.

A digital twin is a virtual representation of an object or system that spans its life cycle, is updated from real-time data, using simulation, machine learning and reasoning to help decision making.

Carol Jaji, Tshimologong’s digital skills manager, says the use of digital twins around the world to modernize cities is gaining widespread adoption.

“Essentially, through the use of technology, real-world systems can be built and run in sophisticated ways to gain insights more cost-effectively. Governments and city planners can use these systems to track, manage, and resolve issues. problems before putting them into action,” Jaji explained.

The compound and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Pretoria invited students from South Africa and the Netherlands to participate in the Digital Twin Hackathon.

“This hackathon seeks to identify different challenges within the city of Johannesburg and showcase the benefits of leveraging digital twins in South Africa. Ten students from the Netherlands and 12 students from South Africa will meet from 7 November 11 to address these challenges,” Jaji told Eyewitness News.

Hackathons are said to be exploratory programming events where people come together around a common passion and give their best to find unique solutions to technical problems.

“Therein lies the inclusiveness of integrating students from different universities in the Netherlands and South Africa, who have a wide range of skills that will enable them to provide local solutions for the city of Johannesburg,” Jaji continued.

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The Digital Twin Hackathon has the potential to benefit policymaking in the City of Johannesburg.

“The main objective of this hackathon is to use publicly available data (real-time and/or historical), city models (3D or 2D) to ultimately develop a prototype digital twin of Johannesburg capable of capturing the “Interaction of all the problem statements that will be presented. Therefore, the final product must be able to visualize the data, process it, test the prototype, monitor and evaluate,” explained Jaji.

Tshimologong said the goal of the hackathon was to turn their assumptions into theories and, ultimately, into action.

This is not the first hackathon organized by Tshimologong and the previous ones have given excellent results.

“Gaming Hackathon 2021 – the outcome of this hackathon has incubated three hackathon teams who have started developing games. The games are now fully developed and ready to go into production,” Jaji highlighted.

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