Africa's Talking Open Hackathon: AgriTech Solutions - Nairobi, Kenya

Africa's Talking Community

Thursday, August 31, 2023, 5:30 AM – 5:00 PM UTC


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About this event

Join us at the Africa's Talking Open Hackathon on AgriTech on the last Thursday of this month, and build scalable solutions ready for the African market!

Are you enthusiastic about revolutionizing the AgriTech industry and addressing the unique challenges faced by farmers and agriculture in Africa? Then this is the perfect platform for you! Africa’s Talking Open Hackathon on AgriTech solutions is the best opportunity for developers, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts to come together and build cutting-edge agritech solutions using state-of-the-art technologies and tools, as well as Africa’s Talking Products.

Innovative solutions hold tremendous potential to revolutionize Africa's agriculture sector, and you can be a driving force in this transformation! Utilize Africa's Talking's extensive collection of APIs and SDKs to craft AgriTech solutions that are not only secure and scalable but also incredibly user-friendly. Seamlessly integrate with agricultural data platforms, weather services, and market information systems to empower farmers with invaluable insights and the support they need for making well-informed decisions.

During the hackathon, you'll have access to Africa's Talking's expert mentors who will guide you in utilizing their diverse range of products, including SMS, voice, airtime, and USSD APIs, to enhance your agritech solutions. These powerful tools will enable you to build interactive and efficient interfaces that connect farmers with vital resources and services.

Get ready to showcase your skills and creativity, and compete for exciting prizes while gaining recognition from industry leaders. The hackathon will foster a collaborative and stimulating environment, allowing you to network with like-minded individuals and form connections that may lead to future partnerships and impactful ventures.

Come and be part of the forefront in transforming agriculture in Africa by joining us at the AgriTech Hackathon. Together, we will empower farmers and agricultural enterprises with state-of-the-art solutions that promote productivity, sustainability, and growth. Don't miss the chance to register now and be a crucial player in the AgriTech revolution sweeping across Africa!

Key Focus Areas:

  • Farming Efficiency
  • Market Access and Information
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Climate Resilience
  • Agri-Data Analytics
  • Connectivity and Rural Access
  • Crop and Livestock Management
  • Food Security and Nutrition
  • Agri-Education and Extension Services

Target Audience:

  • Software Developers
  • Farmers and agricultural experts
  • Data Scientists and Analysts
  • Agricultural Engineers
  • IoT Specialists
  • Agricultural Entrepreneurs
  • Environmental Scientists

What should you expect as an Attendee:

  • Access to Cutting-Edge Tools: Leverage Africa's Talking powerful APIs and SDKs, designed to make implementation seamless and hassle-free.
  • Apprenticeship & Support: Work closely with seasoned experts from Africa's Talking who will guide and support you throughout the hackathon as we build with you.
  • Networking Opportunities: Join as a member and connect with like-minded individuals, potential collaborators, and industry professionals.
  • Cash Prizes, Recognition and Qualify to Join our Marketplace Program: Stand a chance to win exciting prizes, gain recognition for your innovative solutions and
  • Impact Africa: Contribute to the agricultural and economic growth and development of Africa by providing solutions that simplify and enhance agricultural processes.

New to Africa's Talking? Get started here. 

The winning solution will receive cash prizes as follows:

  1. Winner - $100 (Join Marketplace Program)
  2. 1st Runners Up - $50
  3. 2nd Runners Up - $25

Contribute to open-source.

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, and Airtime APIs to bring their ideas to life, as they build and sustain scalable businesses.


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)

Submit your Idea:

Hackathon idea submission form


We would love to reach out to you so that you can build for our customers, please fill out this form with details to ensure we have your details:

Join community channels:

  1. Slack:

Please follow us on Twitter handles too:

  • @AfricasTalking
  • @ATCommunityNBO
  • @ElarianHQ

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

  1. Africa's Talking Youtube Channel
  2. Elarian Youtube Channel

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.

We are helping software developers and businesses to bring their ideas to life through easy-to-use APIs quickly.


  • We will provide transport to and from Jeevanjee Gardens.

Note: Departure time is 7:45 AM (kindly be on time).

Would you like to partner with us? Kindly contact the Developer Experience Team.


  • Douglas Mwangi


    Software Developer

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi


    Developer Relations

  • Loise Kimwe

    Africa's Talking

    Software Engineer | WIT Lead


  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa's Talking

    Head of Developer Community Africa


  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi


    Developer Relations

  • Josphat Mwangi

    Taka points

Featured Attendees


    Namangu communication center

  • Emmanuel Cheruiyot

    Emkaco Company Limited

  • Robert Kiprotich

    Express group

  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa's Talking

  • Fauzia Mohamed


  • Mary Njogu

    Smile Child Organization

  • Elvis Munene

    Angaza Elimu

  • Eddie Kago

    Vibranium ID

  • Jackson Mwangi


  • Emmanuel Mulengwa


  • Ian Kamau


  • Brian Mwirigi


  • James Muhoro

    Innovex Solutions

  • Clifford Ojuka


  • Margaret Wambui

    Podii Consultants Ltd

  • Michael Olang

    Egerton University

  • Sam kamotho


  • Steve Muchira

    Jambo cap

  • Collins Kimungui

    Vumaa Digital

  • Anthony Maina


  • George Wambugu

    Dedan Kimathi university

  • cosmas Ngeno




Thursday, August 31, 2023
5:30 AM – 5:00 PM UTC

Venue map


5:30 AMIntroductions
6:00 AMBuilding/hacking: Code in GitHub/GitLab/BitBucket and deploy in Docker/Automated CI/Travis CI/Bamboo
10:00 AMLunch Break
10:30 AMBuilding continues
2:00 PMDemonstration and Wrap-up


  • Josphat Mwangi

    Taka points