Welcome to the NEMISA Datathon 2023

NEMISA is hosting a National Datathon on 17 - 19 November 2023 as part of their National Skills Development Plan and Digital Skills Strategy. The art and of deriving meaning from data is known as.

The use of tools to derive meaning from data is where the art of lies. As a result, multiple solutions are revealed by the variety of usage, which reflects the diversity of focus, mandate, and context. Overall, has enormous potential to create a positive societal impact, but it is important to ensure that it is used ethically and responsibly, with a focus on creating solutions that are equitable and inclusive.

The NEMISA datathon 2023 aims to bring together various stakeholders to explore the intersection of digital skills, economic uncertainty, and unemployment. The datathon participants will analyze large datasets and create innovative solutions that can help policymakers and practitioners to address the challenges and opportunities related to this field.

Why Choose NEMISA Datathon?

Attending this Datathon offers several benefits, including the opportunity to network with top professionals in the industry. By interacting with these experts, you can establish valuable connections that may lead to free mentorship or referrals to promising career opportunities within the field.

Event Information


17-19 November 2023


08:00 am - 17:00 pm

Physical: UNISA Muckleneuk Campus, Pretoria
Virtual: Zoom and Sonke

Target Participants
       Software / Hardware Developers
      Data Analyst



Digital skills and labour market trends (incl. Gig Economy):

Participants will analyze large datasets related to the job market, including data on employment, job vacancies, and skill requirements. The aim is to explore the impact of digital skills on the job market and identify trends and patterns that can inform policy and practice.

Economic uncertainty and employment opportunities

Participants will analyse datasets related to economic and political uncertainty, including data on GDP growth, inflation, and political instability. The aim is to explore the relationship between economic uncertainty and employment opportunities for individuals with digital skills.

Policies and strategies for promoting digital and data skills

Participants will analyse datasets related to policies and strategies for promoting digital skills, including data on government spending on education and training, and the effectiveness of different approaches. The aim is to identify best practices and recommendations for policymakers and practitioners.

Sub Themes

Society 5.0 (Smart cities and villages) and Government 5.0

Here we look at how advanced technologies are used to improve the quality of life for residents, increase efficiency and sustainability, and promote economic growth. For example, how smart energy systems can help to reduce energy consumption, and smart transportation systems can reduce traffic congestion and improve mobility. We also look at how governments use technologies such as AI, big data, and blockchain to improve the efficiency and transparency of government services and to enhance citizen participation.

Industry and emerging technologies (new occupations and skills gaps)

Renewable energy and Technology

Creative new media

The use of digital technologies to create and distribute creative content such as art, music, film, and video games. With the increasing prevalence of digital technologies and the internet, creative new media has become a rapidly growing field, offering new opportunities for artists, musicians, filmmakers, and other creatives.

However, there is a need to consider how society consumes this content, for instance, there are cultural issues, gender-based violence, and cyberbullying among others that result from content creation and distribution.

E-Health and mental health

E-health technologies have shown significant potential in improving the delivery and outcomes of mental health care. Despite the potential benefits of e-health technologies in mental health, there are also some challenges to consider. For example, concerns about privacy and security of personal health information are particularly salient in mental health care. Additionally, not all individuals may have access to the necessary technology or internet connectivity required to use e-health services.

Aqua4Future (Technologies for Water and Wastewater treatment) and climate change

Language and its impact on digital Learning

Language plays a critical role in digital learning, and it is important to consider the impact of language when designing educational materials and platforms. By prioritizing accessibility, usability, effectiveness, and cultural sensitivity, how can we create digital learning resources that are more inclusive and effective for learners from diverse language and cultural backgrounds?
Datathon Schedule

Timeline of Activities

Registration Open

Teams of up to 5 participants may apply for consideration to participate at the Datathon

Briefing Webinar Event

More information will be provided about to registered and prospective applicants

Proposal submission deadline

Last day to apply and submit proposals for a team to participate at the datathon

Proposals screening

A panel will assess submitted proposals and select select up to 10 submissions that best fit eligibility, themes and criteria.

Advanced Adjudication Committee

A multi-sector committee will assess, review and evaluate screened proposals and select 2 per province.

Selected Teams Informed

The 18 teams that have been selected to participate will be informed with further information to attend in the datathon.

Design Thinking Workshop

All the teams will be taken through a Design Thinking process to help refine the solutions proposed for the datathon.


A series of technical Masterclasses will be conducted to to impart knowledge and help teams prepare for the datathon.

Datathon Weekend

Starting from 17 November, the teams will work on their solutions through the weekend with assistance from the mentors and present on the 19th of November.

NEMISA Data Skills Symposium

Winning teams from the Datathon weekend will form part and present at the NEMISA Data Skills Symposium to stand a chance to win the grand prize of R100 000


Datathon Partners


What You Might Want To Know

  • If I can't find a team, can I work alone?
    No, a team is required to be in team of at least 3 people
  • Can we change the design?
    Yes but only one solution will be selected to be worked on during the Datathon
  • Who does the Intellectual Property belong to?
    The solution belongs to your team at the end of the Datathon
  • Will NEMISA incubate our solution at the end of the Datathon?
    With prize money, a team is expected to continue working on their solution with assistance from the host hubs of the Datathon.
Take Part

Registration Closed