South Africa’s Britehouse Group is to host an internal hackathon on November 1 to kick off its Innovations Factory, with the aim of encouraging collaboration, innovation and the creation of customer solutions across the group’s companies.
The hackathon will be available and open to all the employees within the group companies, which include 3fifteen, Auto-Mate, Firestring and the Britehouse SAP division.
“We have launched a new internal strategy to bring the different companies under the Britehouse banner together. There is a clear need for the various companies within Britehouse to work closer together to leverage the intellectual capital within the broader team and continue innovating for clients,” said Rudy Gopaul, chief technology officer (CTO) of the Britehouse Group.
“By staying ahead of the curve and proactively developing new concepts and solutions, we can ensure that our clients have access to world-class solutions that keep them competitive and are of relevance to their customer.”
At the hackathon, 130 Britehouse employees will brainstorm to identify new ideas and will have access to senior management as mentors from various disciplines.
Before the actual hackathon takes place, the various teams will be guided as to the utilisation of technical platforms in order to prepare them for the hackathon challenge.
Following the completion of the hackathon, the participating teams will then endure a “Dragons’ Den” styled judging process.
“We have several objectives with this process. We want the event to be fun, allowing people from within the various companies in the group to get to know one another better. We also believe it should include as many people as possible, therefore we have invited people from across the business to get involved,” said Gopaul.