Africa's Talking Community

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 5:30 AM – 3:00 PM UTC


About this event

The government is always designed to deliver services efficiently and on time to its citizen. When the technology is applied correctly and with the customers (Citizens) in mind then there is no doubt about building better robust solutions which serve the customer. Africa's Talking in collaboration with Elarian Developers would like to work closely with both the service provider (Government) and user (Citizen) to build these solutions.

Africa's Talking with 2G technology and Elarian; data intermediary solutions have revolved around building robust, accessible, and scalable solutions to our day-to-day service access, out of all the benefited sectors from technology adoption, government service delivery has enabled the government to deliver its service timely and efficiently. This has enabled Citizens to enjoy progress and growth in their day-to-day activities and achieve their maximum potential.

During this hackathon, we invite software engineers, partners, and government service providers/representatives to come and explore how to incorporate mobile 2G technology (SMS, Voice, and USSD) and data intermediary solutions to improve the quality of clean energy implementation.

Key Focus Areas

  • Agritech
  • Health Care Tech
  • Payments for services(Parking, Rent, rates & Licences)

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.


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:

Slack & WhatsApp:

Please follow us Twitter handles to:

  • @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.

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

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

Featured Attendees

  • Erick Makilagi


  • Happiness Mpazi


  • Gloria Mtagwaba


  • Jaston Ruggy

    Cloud 9

  • Paul Emmanuel

    Paul Inc.

  • Dastani Ferdinandi

    Zeno Media

  • Godfrey Mussa


  • Godfrey Mwanale


  • Leah Grace Oketcho

    Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum

  • Edson Dominick

    Smart tz

  • Godson Ntungi

    University of Dar es Salaam

  • Sadat Mbela

    Mchwa Labs

  • Gladson Sethiel


  • Michael Kimathi

    Impact MAsAfrica's Talking


5:30 AMIntroductions
6:00 AMRuby
7:00 AMAfrica's Talking APIs
8:00 AMBreak
10:15 AMLunch
10:45 AMHands-On hackathon
1:30 PMDemonstration and Wrap-up
3:00 PMNetworking


  • George Machibya


    Developer Relations TZ

  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa's Talking

    Head of Developer Community Africa


  • Abubakar Usman


  • Sylvia Kipkemoi


  • Bennett Benedict

    University of Dar Es Salaam

    Tanzania, Community Lead,

  • Veronica Michael

    Tanzania, Community Lead

  • Loise Kimwe

    AT WIT 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

  • Joshua Adeboye

    Nigeria, Kaduna Community Co-Lead

  • Avuzwa Ntshongwana

    South Africa Community Co-Lead

  • Josh Venceslas

    Altech Group

    Co-Lead: Rwanda Community

  • David Okwii


    Africa's Talking Community UG Co-Lead

  • Cynthia Moraa

    WIT Kenya Co-Lead

  • Grace Muthui

    WIT Kenya Co-Lead

  • Michael Adedayo

    Africa's Talking

    Community Lead Lagos