DURBAN, Participants at the Government Technology Conference in Durban have developed various software applications aimed at addressing social challenges in public administration.
The head of the Department for Co-operate Planning at the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), Stolkey Lebethoa, says they have developed a Hackathon, an umbrella system aimed at incorporating various applications developed by the participants, who include secondary school students to academic scholars.
She said here Sunday that the three-day conference last week explored many technological loopholes thereby providing solutions. The government technology conference in Durban had lived up to its promise to provide solutions facing government institutions through developing new software applications, she added.
This hackathon we are talking about is a very exciting high-energy, innovative coding of software development marathon that involves various stakeholders from Grade 10 learners which are here in KZN (KwaZulu-Natal province) — most of them from Umlazi (near Durban,” she said.
Now in its 12th year, SITA’s GovTech conference brings together government, state-owned entities, ICT sector stakeholders, the private business sector, small medium enterorises (SMEs), academic institutions and non-profit organizations.
Lebethoa said the future technology wizards had come up with solutions to long queues, especially in the public sector. She said they had identified the health sector and developed an application where regular patients will have their medications delivered to their doorsteps or find them ready for collection through the use of an application.
So what are these people doing – they went to education, health sector, the justice sector- so they went around and looked at the key problems facing South Africa right now… some of them are looking in the health sector to say how do we go about reducing the queues within the health sector, to ensure that people are going not going and queuing within the health sector to get their medication?” she said.
“They don’t have to queue for so long – we can go by means of sending a code or something and go there get your medication stored there for you, so they are doing these crazy Hackathon solutions. We do not give them any ideas as they themselves are recipients of the public service delivery they came up with solutions.”
Participant Ernest Mapula said they have developed an application that will help emergency services personnel replace the
manual form through the thumb print application which will show the profile of the patient at accident scenes. He says the application also helps minimise time spent writing notes and asking questions from patients at the scene.
We have developed emergency response systems which will actually help the paramedics in their process of attending to an emergency urgently what is happening with our emergency teams when they attend a scene – they are actually relying on a manual form about what happened to a patient. So you find that process as time consuming which might delay a process of attending to a patient or is getting a patient being delivered to hospital – our application is aimed at minimising time, said Mapula.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK