A group of people getting together to pitch ideas to make something better.

An all-day “hackathon” aimed at tackling community challenges will take place in Khayelitsha in the next two weeks.

The City of Cape Town says at the 24-hour event, called the Smart Communities Hackathon, teams will aim to find innovative solutions to existing challenges in communities.

“The issues that these teams will look at include the incremental upgrading of informal settlements, safety and security, water and sanitation, healthcare, and education,” said Priya Reddy, the spokeswoman for the City of Cape Town.

Reddy said the focus areas were identified at a pre-event meeting which involved all relevant stakeholders.

The winning team who comes up with the strongest ideas and solutions will walk away with a cash prize of R10 000 while its leader will participate in a three-month VeloCiTi incubation programme with the Bandwidth Barn.

The hackathon  which is typically an event where people, namely the IT community, get together to collaborate on a project  forms part of the 2016 SA Innovation Summit.

The hackthon, which takes place from August 19 to 20, is preceded by a full-day workshop at the V&A Waterfront on August 17.

The main event of the 2016 summit takes place in Ekurhuleni from September 21 to 24.

Khayelitsha residents wanting to find out more about the hackathon may call Chris Vermeulen on 082 312 5065 or email [email protected]