December 7, 2017



Airports Company SA (ACSA) Access Management Challenge


The Challenge

Large organisations use many different systems and devices in their daily operations. Some of these systems require users to identify themselves, either so that security protocols can be managed or to match the features of the system to the profile of the user. The simplest way to deal with this situation is to ensure that users login to each system using a valid user_id and password. Managing a large number of user_id/password pairs is sometimes very challenging both for the organisation and the users.

The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) is a large organisation running a wide range of systems in each of the airports under its management. The issue of managing access to these systems is a major challenge.

A variety of standard “off-the-shelf” solutions are available to achieve “single sign-on” (SSO) to multiple related, yet independent, systems. These solutions have various advantages and disadvantages.  ACSA is working with Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct to run the “ACSA Access Management Challenge” calling on innovative developers to think out-of-the-box and come up with novel solutions for the SSO problem. Solutions might, for example, be based on biometrics and/or the “Internet of Things” (IoT).

Whereas the first priority in the ACSA Challenge is to focus attention on managing access to IT systems, the solution may be expanded to include controlling access to physical spaces via systems fitted to secure doors for example.

How it works

  1. Briefing session: Interested parties will attend a 1.5 hour Briefing Session at Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein Johannesburg. At the Briefing Session participants will be given additional information by the ACSA and Tshimologong teams.  Click here to attend the briefing session
  2. Submit an entry: Once participants have attended the Briefing Session and are clear about the challenge and expectations, they will be required to complete an entry form and upload a 2-minute video clip describing their idea.
  3. Boot Camp and Hackerthon session: The top 50 entrants will be invited to participate in 3 day bootcamp and Hackathon. They will be guided through the process of developing a conceptual prototype and a business model canvas. At the end of the Hackathon each entrant will present a 10-minute pitch to a panel of expert judges. The 10 top ideas will be selected.
  4. Pre-incubation: The Top-10 entrants will be given 6 week membership of the Tshimologong Precinct pre-incubation programme. They will each be assigned a mentor and given access to a range of facilities, expert advisors and resources. They will use this time to develop a working prototype and will refine their business model canvas.
  5. Demo Day: Each of the Top-10 entrants will demonstrate their prototype and pitch their idea to a panel of judges. Three winners will be selected.
  6. Incubation: All 3 winners will receive an additional 7 months of membership in the Tshimologong Precinct incubation programme.

Competition rules:

  1. The ACSA Challenge is open to all excluding ACSA employees. 
  2. Entrants are encouraged to work in small teams of up to 4 members, although individuals will be allowed to enter.
  3. Competition is open to South African citizens.
  4. The Competition shall be governed by the laws of South Africa
  5. This is a regional competition, only entries from the Gauteng region will be allowed.
  6. At least 1 member of the team must live in the Greater Johannesburg area and must be available to attend all face-to-face sessions as listed under key dates below.
  7. The decisions of the judges are final.
  8. Membership of the Tshimologong Precinct is subject to the standard rules of the Precinct. Membership can be terminated if entrants fail to meet agreed progress targets.
  9. All Entrants acknowledge plagiarize is wrong and that should they be found to have plagiarized, they will be disqualified.
  10. Competition winners and entrants must commit to the following activities and timelines: