Africa's Talking Hackathon: EduTech - Education Solutions Using Africa's Talking APIs - Uganda

Jul 22, 2023, 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Join us for an exciting EduTech Hackathon on July 22nd, 2023, at Africa's Talking Uganda HQ. THEME: EduTech Explore how technology can transform education in a one-day event filled with innovation, collaboration, and problem-solving. Grab your ticket today.


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About this event

Join us for the EduTech Hackathon and leverage technology to revolutionise education.

Curious about how to utilise APIs in the Education sector? 

We are excited to announce the EduTech Hackathon, a one-day event focused on leveraging technology to revolutionise education on the 22nd of July 2023 at Africa's Talking Uganda HQ located at Acacia Place building. The hackathon revolves around the theme of Education Technology (EduTech), which is a broad and relevant area to apply the best solutions using Africa's Talking APIs

Key Focus Areas:

  • Exam results and academic notifications
  • Timetable and reminder scheduling
  • Educational content delivery through SMS or USSD
  • Fee payments processes
  • Parent-teacher communication and feedback channels
  • Any education-based solution

Target Audience:

  • Software Engineers
  • Software Architects
  • Developers who have a keen interest in the education sector
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Education stakeholders
  • Teachers

Event Highlights:

Pitching Ideas: Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas centred around the theme of education, showcasing their creativity and problem-solving skills.

Hacking and Demos: Teams or individuals will work on developing their solutions using Africa's Talking SMS, USSD, Voice, and Airtime and Data APIs. They will have dedicated time to create their prototypes and will demo their solutions for feedback and potential adoption.

Cash Prizes and Giveaways: The winning solution will receive a cash prizes as shared in the description below. Additionally, there will be exclusive prizes and giveaways for attendees.

The winning solution will receive cash prizes as follows:

  1. Winner - $100
  2. 1st Runners Up - $50
  3. 2nd Runners Up - $25

Elarian: Build Responsibly, Protect Customer Data.

Elarian is a customer engagement framework (Customer Data Platform) that helps you build robust applications with the customer as the unit of abstraction. Elarian features robust capability in handling end to end of customer data.

Africa's Talking powers communications solutions across Africa with simplified access to telco infrastructure, developers use our powerful SMS, USSD, Voice, Airtime, and Payments APIs to bring their ideas to life, as they build and sustain scalable businesses.

Get ready for a day filled with creativity, innovation, and collaboration. The hackathon environment will provide and opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and developers, exchange ideas and share best practices to grow and increase your programming skill.

Join us and let's build scalable EduTech solutions.


1. Warm-Up

  • Introductions
  • Form teams where need be.
  • Feedback
  • Feature requests

2. Building/hacking: Code in GitHub/GitLab/BitBucket and deploy in Docker/Automated CI/Travis CI/Bamboo

Note: This section needs additional setup.

Upon commit, the repository is built and deployed to an accessible web server or an S3 bucket.

3. Demonstration and Wrap-up

Teams or individuals will demo what they have hacked for feedback or adoption.

Note: Carry a laptop


  • Network
  • Innovate
  • Access to our Talent bench (You can get a job or a gig on the spot)

Join us for an exciting day of innovation and collaboration as we explore how technology can enhance education. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a dynamic community of developers working towards a common goal of improving education through SMS, USSD, and other cutting-edge technologies. Register now and be ready to hack your way to educational transformation!

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Please follow our Twitter handles:

  • @AfricasTalking
  • @ElarianHQ

You can get our videos, recaps, and event interviews on our youtube channels, subscribe to get updates:

Africa's Talking community allows developers to learn skills for the modern-day African Developer. We are language and framework agnostic. All developers are welcome. This is where Africa's Talking developers community meets to build, learn and exchange knowledge. Would you like to partner with us? Kindly contact the Developer Experience Team.


  • Mark Ssembajjwe

    Africa's Talking

    Technical support


  • David Okwii


    Software Developer/ Product Manager, A.T Uganda Community Lead


  • David Okwii


    Software Developer/ Product Manager, A.T Uganda Community Lead

Featured Attendees

  • John Ken silali



  • William Nkurruna

    Wiso Express firm





  • Suleiman Jibril

    Farm industry


  • Aggrey Kato

    Cyber school technology solutions

    LMS Technical support officer

  • Ronnie Atuhaire






  • Emanuel Okello


    Software Developer

  • Jeremiah Joseph


    Team Lead

  • Musinguzi Enos

    Mbabule FM

    Marketing Manager


    Alfajiri Innovations Limited


  • Pacific Ogenrwoth

    Maarifasasa Ltd

    Digital Services Specialist



Saturday, July 22, 2023
6:00 AM – 5:00 PM UTC


Lunch Break
Building Continues
Demonstration and Wrap-up


  • Bennett Benedict

    University of Dar Es Salaam

    Tanzania, Community Lead,

  • Veronica Michael

    Tanzania, Community Lead

  • Jessica Randall

    University of the Western Cape

    South Africa Community Lead

  • Josphat Mwangi

    Kenya Community Lead

  • Sheriffo Jarju

    Community Lead Gambia