Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter of the competition is the University of the Witwatersrand and the City of Johannesburg.

2. The competition is open to all South African citizens who are in possession of a valid identity document.

3. Any participant under the age of 18 years must be fully assisted by his/her legal guardian, who must give consent for the participant to take possession of the prize.

4. Employees of the promoters, their associated companies, suppliers, advertising and promotional agencies and their immediate families are not entitled to win the competition.

5. Any entries received after the closing date, as it is published on the website, will not be considered.

6. The Steering Committee will appoint a Pre-Selection Committee to consider all submissions and recommend to it the Top 20 to proceed to round one of the Challenge.

7. The Steering Committee will appoint an Award Committee to evaluate the Top 20 and recommend the winners of the first round, who will receive the first awards and proceed to the second round.

8. The recommendations of the Pre-Selection and Award Committees are final, subject only to a veto on individual recommendations by the Steering Committee. Neither the Steering Committee nor any other party may approve the inclusion in a subsequent round of a submission not recommended by the Pre-Selection or Award Committee, whichever is applicable.

9. The winners will be selected after two elimination rounds.

10. The prizes will be to the value of:

  1. First prize: development assistance to the value of R1m
  2. Two second prizes: development assistance to the value of R350k

11. The prizes are not exchangeable for cash and are not transferable.

12. The JCSE will manage the prize money.

13. Awards will only be made to a legal entity. The Challenge is open to submissions from those who have not registered a company with an accompanying bank account at the time of submission, but any such participant must do so before receiving an award, should they be selected.

14. Any person, start-up, SME, partnership, co-op or existing company may enter an idea, provided that the principal team member lives in Joburg and the bulk of activities of the solution take place within the Municipality of Johannesburg

15. You may enter without having a registered company. If your idea wins a grant, it will only be given once you have registered a legal company and can provide the necessary documentation as proof.

16. You may enter more than one idea, but only one idea may receive a grant, if it is submitted by the same person/company.

17. Any intellectual property generated by the idea, proposed and introduced by a person/company, will be wholly and entirely owned by the person/company.

18. The HackJozi Challenge is governed by a joint City of Johannesburg – University of the Witwatersrand (JCSE) Steering Committee. Its decisions are final and binding.

19. All members of the Steering Committee and Evaluation Committees and all participants taking part in the training, playoffs and hackathon will sign a non-disclosure agreement with the JCSE to ensure the protection of ideas. Any ideas submitted by participants will be deemed to be done in strict confidentiality.

20. Participants will be responsible for all costs incurred to enter and participate in the HackJozi Challenge. The HackJozi, Challenge, the organizers, partners, members of the committees and Project Manager will not be responsible or liable for any costs incurred by participants as part of this competition.

21. The City of Johannesburg and its partners will in no way be bound to procure any products and/or services. Any procurement contract entered into will be by the sole discretion of the Steering Committee and the City of Johannesburg management.

22. The Promoters reserve the right to use the images taken of the winner or staff for publicity purposes in any manner they deem fit, without any further remuneration being made payable to the winner.



1. The participant confirms that he/she has the rights to the idea and all the intellectual property therein that is entered. The applicant is not aware of, or has disclosed to RC the details of, any dispute regarding ownership of the intellectual property upon entering the competition.

2. The participant therefore indemnifies the project manager, the HackJozi Challenge, the City of Johannesburg and the JCSE against any third party claims regarding stolen IP.

3. Should any 3rd party claim be brought against these parties, it will have the discretion to disqualify the participant should it be confirmed that the intellectual property entered into the competition does not belong to the participant. In the event of a grant being paid out to the participant, the same amount must be paid back with immediate effect.

4. No obligation lies with all the parties governing this competition to verify or validate the authenticity of entrants’ ideas.