Winner of BBC hackathon in Cape Town chosen

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Last month we reported that the BBC were set to hold a hackathon in Cape Town with the aim of making the broadcasting giant's audio more accessible through utilising existing and cost-effective technologies like Raspberry Pi, audio streaming, software defined radio, and podcasts to deliver content to communities across sub-Saharan Africa. 

The event was being held by BBC Connected Studio, BBC News Labs, and BBC World Service in partnership with RLabs - and the winner has now been announced. 

12 teams took part in the event, and the winner created a 'CatchUp' digital widget which can be placed on websites and deliver short clips of BBC audio content. This allows select pieces of content to be delivered where connectivity might be limited or expensive - as well as allowing listeners to find exactly what they are looking for. 

On the BBC's Connected Studio website, the broadcaster wrote: "Connected Studio is running a series of hacks and development studios that technologists and media agencies from across the world are being invited to participate in."  

It continues, "At the events, teams are tasked with developing ideas for innovative and relevant products and tools which aim to improve the audience’s experience, using existing technologies and available resources, including BBC content and APIs."  

The hackathon in Cape Town follows a successful initiation of the project in Nairobi, Kenya in February where two teams were picked to have their solutions for helping the BBC World Service connect with digital audiences piloted. More than half of African browsers currently come to using their mobile devices, and this widget will make their experience more enjoyable. 

Do you think the widget will have an impact on delivering BBC content? Let us know in the comments.

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