Sony and Vodacom want to send you to the World Cup

Published by on Feb 19th, 2014, No Comments


In case you haven’t seen the adverts on television, the competition has now officially gone live. Consumers stand the chance to be in the stands cheering for their favourite teams at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro this year.

In order to qualify, ‘all you need to do’ is buy one of the Xperia flagship devices – that is the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia Z. This is quite an investment to stand a chance to go to the World Cup, but check out our reviews to decide if you want to buy one of Sony’s devices: (more…)

Samsung “Holiday Magic” – great prizes up for grabs

Published by on Nov 26th, 2013, No Comments


A rugby trip to New Zealand and an opportunity to meet Pat Lambie is up for grabs


Samsung South Africa is launching an exciting promotion to bring the ‘Holiday Magic’ to its consumers this Festive Season. The promotion provides great added value when purchasing any Smart TV, wireless audio product, Blu-ray DVD player or home theatre system at Samsung Experience Stores and leading retail outlets, nationwide. If you were planning on buying a Samsung product sometime soon, take a look at what you can expect from the official press release:

Startup Knight 2013 – Winners Announced

Published by on Nov 12th, 2013, 2 Comments

Winner Announcement

The winners of the annual Startup Knight competition have finally been announced – and it truly is a testament to the amazing, innovative talent we have in South Africa.

Run by Byte Orbit, Startup Knight is a startup competition aimed at software-based tech startups and visionaries. This year, the competition was divided into two categories; Startups and Concepts. Both of these categories were over-flowing  with entries with the competition receiving near 100 entries from across South Africa. (more…)

Entrepreneurial initiative, StartUp Bus, comes to Africa

Published by on Nov 11th, 2013, No Comments

startup bus Africa

Start-up Bus, an annual ‘entrepreneurial roadtrip’, has finally spread their reach and will for the first time this year come to African soil.

Founded in 2009, Start-up Bus has given many young, start-up companies and developers a platform to cultivate and launch their company across the US and Europe.

The initiative gives the roadtrippers – or ‘buspreneurs’ as they say – an opportunity to conceive, build and then eventually launch their start-up at the end of the trip. The buspreneurs will be accompanied by 10 industry mentors through out their journey. The whole event will also be covered by members of the media, who will join the entrepreneurs and their mentors on the revolutionary road trip. (more…)

Final Call for Startup Knight Entries

Published by on Oct 24th, 2013, No Comments

Startup Knight

Calling all tech wizards and conceptualizers – today is the last day to get your entries in for this year’s  Startup Knight competition.

Startup Knight is a competition aimed at startup tech entrepreneurs in South Africa. It was launched earlier in October by Byte Orbit.

The Startup Knight competition have also included a new division within the competition. Not only will tech startups reap the rewards, but also visionaries.

In the startup phase, along with an amazing prize to the winner, Startup Knight will also mentor and support the winning startup during their incubation phase all the way until it reaches it’s maturity.

The grand prize is no small prize either; the winner will receive software development to the value of R100 000 and also R100 000 worth of PR, proudly sponsored by Byte Orbit. (more…)

Startup Knight 2013 has officially launched

Published by on Oct 2nd, 2013, No Comments

Startup Knight 2013Startup Knight was launched in 2012 for the first time, by software company Byte Orbit. The premise of the competition is to promulgate, support and embrace tech startups in South Africa by offering a disruptive competition platform. Many competitions, in and around South Africa, offer similar competitions. Unfortunately none of them enter into a partnership with the winner in order to provide ongoing support. Furthermore the competitions are not hosted or sponsored by a software based company that can provide infrastructure and professional guidance.

Last year’s winners (Easy2Map) of Startup Knight excelled and received additional funding from Umbono Google. At Byte Orbit we are thrilled that our track record is a testament to the benefit that startups like Easy2Map receive.

This year Byte Orbit intends to up the stakes and offer an even greater opportunity for Tech Entrepreneurs and Concept Innovators in South Africa by introducing two divisions to the competition ­ Concept Phase and Startup Phase. (more…)

Vodacom launches AppStar Challenge 2013

Published by on Sep 23rd, 2013, No Comments


Vodacom has launched two App competitions to give local developers the opportunity to showcase their talent.

The first of these contests is the 2013 Vodafone AppStar Ideas Challenge that gives developers that have innovative ideas for apps a chance to submit them and stand a chance to win smartphone devices. The idea contest is uniquely designed to capture new consumer ideas that can drive mobile application  innovation.

The AppStar Challenge is a two stage contest which has a local and international leg. In the local challenge, the top three finalists will be rewarded for developing innovative apps. The top two local finalists will also get an opportunity to compete against international participants from other competing countries (South Africa, Kenya, India, Egypt & Tanzania).


SA learners display “MAD” development skills at BlackBerry challenge

Published by on Sep 5th, 2013, 3 Comments


Johan Nel, Eben du Toit and Gustav du Preez were named as the winners in the Gauteng leg of the BlackBerry Mobile Application Development “MAD” Challenge 2013 held at the BlackBerry apps lab at the University of Pretoria. They emerged in first place from 63 learners from 18 of Gauteng Schools.

The MAD Challenge 2013 is aimed at Grade 11 or 12 learners with a keen interest in technology – specifically mobile application development. It gave them the challenge of creating their own mobile applications in just 10 weeks.

The challenge is hosted by the Institute for e-skills human capacity development’s Creative New Media Industries CoLab in Gauteng and forms part of the Department of Communication’s drive to address the e-skills shortage, stimulate interest in ICT, develop entrepreneurs and to create a platform for innovation within the country.

The aim of the MAD Challenge is to encourage learners to embrace the career choices and entrepreneurial potential of the ICT industry. Learners were selected to take part in the competition based on their individual application forms and academic performance. (more…)