AFRICA'S TALKING HACKATHON: SMART CITY SECURITY REPORTING AND RESPONSE SOLUTIONS - NAIROBI

May 8, 5:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Africa's Talking, Nairobi County and Liquid Intelligence Technologies proudly present hackathon aimed at redefining the future of security: Join us and build smart city security reporting and response solution while exploring 2G, AI and IoT solutions. Get your Ticket!

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About this event

Africa’s Talking, Nairobi County, and Liquid Intelligence Technologies are thrilled to unveil an exceptional event engineered to revolutionize the landscape of government operations: the Open Hackathon centered on devising Smart City Security Reporting and Response Solutions, This dynamic event invites tech enthusiasts, developers, and innovators to design groundbreaking solutions aimed at enhancing urban security. Over the course of this intensive hackathon, participants will tackle pressing challenges in real-time security reporting and response, utilizing the latest in smart technology to ensure a safer, more responsive urban environment. Whether you're a coder, a strategist, or a visionary, this is your chance to contribute to the safety and resilience of Nairobi. 


Africa's Talking and Liquid Intelligence Technologies APIs play an integral role in enhancing public administration and citizen participation solutions. These APIs, which are CPaaS and Telecommunication APIs, can be utilized by public administration systems to facilitate effective communication and engagement with citizens. Africa's Talking APIs and Liquid Intelligence Technologies APIs. These robust platforms will be at the core of our hackathon, providing tools to seamlessly integrate communication and AI-driven analytics into your solutions. Africa's Talking APIs will enable real-time SMS, voice, and USSD communication between citizens and security services, ensuring rapid reporting and alerts. Meanwhile, Liquid Intelligence Technologies' APIs will offer cutting-edge AI capabilities, from facial recognition to pattern detection, enhancing predictive security measures and response strategies. Together, these technologies will empower participants to develop innovative, effective solutions that pave the way for a smarter, safer Nairobi. Join us to harness these powerful APIs in our quest to revolutionize urban security!


Challenges:

  • Emergency Response Coordination: Develop systems to improve the speed and efficiency of emergency services through real-time data sharing and communication.

  • Crime Reporting and Tracking: Create an accessible platform for citizens to report crimes instantly via mobile devices, and for authorities to track these reports in real-time.
  • Public Safety Alerts: Implement a system for disseminating timely and geographically relevant safety alerts to the public through SMS and other direct communication channels.
  • Surveillance and Monitoring: Utilize AI to analyze surveillance footage for unusual activities or to identify known criminals, reducing the response time of security personnel.
  • Traffic Management and Safety: Design solutions to monitor and manage traffic flow to prevent accidents and enhance the response times of emergency vehicles during peak hours.
  • Crowd Management: Develop tools to monitor and manage crowd densities at events and public places to preemptively identify and mitigate potential security risks.
  • Resource Allocation for Security Forces: Use predictive analytics to help plan the allocation of security resources more effectively, ensuring that high-risk areas receive the necessary attention.
  • Fraud Detection and Prevention: Build systems to detect and alert about potential financial frauds, scams, or other cybersecurity threats affecting individuals or businesses.
  • Community Policing Support: Create platforms that facilitate collaboration and communication between community policing initiatives and formal security services.
  • Environmental Monitoring: Develop solutions for monitoring environmental hazards that could pose security risks, such as fires or floods, using sensor data and AI analysis.


Target Attendees:

  • Software Engineers: Professionals skilled in coding and software development, capable of translating complex problems into innovative software solutions.
  • Developers: Developers who are passionate in solving day to day problems which present progressive development while addressing human challenges
  • Tech Innovators: Individuals or teams with a passion for leveraging technology to solve complex problems.
  • Government Employees and Officials: Their participation can help ensure that the solutions developed during the hackathon are practical, feasible, and aligned with the government's needs and processes.
  • Citizen Representatives: Involving representatives from various citizen groups can provide valuable insights into the specific needs and challenges faced by different communities. 
  • Policy Makers: Decision-makers interested in evidence-based policies to improve provision of government services.
  • Engineering Students and Academics: Young minds and scholars keen on contributing fresh ideas to the fields of government, engineering, and technology.


Objectives:

  • Enhance Real-Time Communication: Develop and deploy solutions that improve the immediacy and effectiveness of communication between citizens and security services, enabling quicker responses to emergencies and incidents.

  • Increase Public Participation: Encourage greater community involvement in security matters by creating user-friendly platforms for reporting crimes, suspicious activities, and emergencies, thereby fostering a collaborative security environment.
  • Leverage Advanced Technologies: Utilize the capabilities of modern APIs, AI, and data analytics to create sophisticated tools that can predict potential security threats, optimize resource allocation, and automate surveillance and monitoring tasks.
  • Improve Data Integration and Accessibility: Establish systems that integrate and analyze data from various sources (such as surveillance cameras, sensor networks, and public reports) in real-time, providing actionable insights to security personnel and decision-makers.
  • Promote Safety and Security Awareness: Through the hackathon, raise awareness about the importance of security in urban areas and demonstrate how technology can be utilized to safeguard communities, manage public spaces, and enhance overall city livability.

Prizes:The winning solutions will receive cash prizes:

  • Winner: $100
  • 1st Runner-Up: $50
  • 2nd Runner-Up: $25


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Access Liquid Intelligence Technologies API Here

Developer Documentation (We welcome feedback)

The mock API has been pre-populated with over 50 vehicle entries. The vehicle registration numbers for these entries can be found HERE .

Agenda:

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Warm-Up

  • Introductions
  • Team Formation (if needed)
  • Feedback Session
  • Feature Requests

9:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Building/Hacking

  • Code on GitHub/GitLab/BitBucket
  • Deploy in Docker/Automated CI/Travis CI/Bamboo
  • Note: Additional setup may be required

1:00 PM : Lunch

1:00 PM - 5:00PM: Building Continues

  • Code on GitHub/GitLab/BitBucket
  • Deploy in Docker/Automated CI/Travis CI/Bamboo
  • Note: Additional setup may be required

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Demonstration and Wrap-Up

  • Teams or individuals will demo their projects for feedback or potential adoption

  • Note: Please bring your laptop

Opportunities:

  • Networking
  • Innovation
  • Access to Talent Bench (Job and Gig Opportunities)

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Developer Documentation (We welcome feedback)

Submit your Idea:

Gigs:

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Facilitators

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi

    Elarian

    Developer Relations

  • Ian Githungo

    Africas Talking

    Africas Talking

  • Douglas Mwangi

    Africa's Talking

    Software Developer

  • Josphat Mwangi

    Africa's Talking

    Community Lead Nairobi

  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

  • Wendy Frezah

    Liquid Intelligent Technologies

    Frontend developer

  • Andrew Precious Mbugua

    Liquid Intelligent Technologies

    Backend Software Engineer

Featured Attendees

  • Amos Kibet

    Pyrus-Group-Limited

    A.I. Developer

  • Prudence Mugo

    Kenyatta University

    Student

  • Emmanuel Cheruiyot

    Emkaco Enterprises

    CTO

When

When

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
5:00 AM – 4:00 PM UTC

Agenda

Warm-up, breakfast
Building/Hacking
Lunch
Continue building/coding
Demonstration and Wrap-Up

Hosts

  • Graham Ingokho Muhanga

    Africa's Talking LLC

    SVP Marketing

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi

    Elarian

    Developer Relations

Organizers

  • 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

  • Isophel Natwijuka

    Uganda Community Lead

  • Sanusi Abdulkadir

    Nigeria Kaduna Community Lead

  • Avuzwa Ntshongwana

    South Africa Community Co-Lead

  • Josh Venceslas

    Altech Group

    Co-Lead: Rwanda Community