Sep 28, 2023, 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Join us at Africa's Talking Open Hackathon on EdTech solutions and contribute to real change! This isn't just coding; it's about building scalable, impactful solutions for Africa's unique educational challenges. Whether you're a developer, educator, or passionate about Africa's progress, this is your chance to make a lasting impact. Don't miss out—secure your ticket today!



About this event

Join us at the Africa's Talking in collaboration with Kushite ICP East Africa Hub Open Hackathon on EdTech on the last Thursday of this month, and build scalable solutions ready for the African market!

Are you fervent about spearheading innovation in the realm of EduTech and addressing the distinctive challenges encountered by educators and learners in Africa? If so, this presents the perfect platform for your aspirations! Africa's Talking Open Hackathon on EduTech solutions offers developers, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate and fabricate cutting-edge educational technology solutions employing the latest tools and technologies, complemented by Africa's Talking APIs.

Pioneering solutions hold the potential to transform Africa's educational landscape, and you can be at the forefront of propelling this transformation! Harness Africa's Talking's extensive suite of APIs and SDKs to come up with EduTech solutions that are not only fortified in security and scalability but also user-friendly. Seamlessly integrate with educational data repositories, e-learning services, and learning management systems to empower educators and learners with invaluable insights and the required support for decision-making.

Throughout the hackathon, you'll gain access to Africa's Talking's experienced mentors who will guide you in leveraging their diverse set of products, encompassing SMS, voice, data, and USSD APIs, to elevate your EduTech solutions. These instruments will enable you to engineer interactive and efficient interfaces that bridge educators and learners with necessary resources and services.

Prepare to showcase your ingenuity, competing for enticing prizes while garnering acknowledgement from others within the industry. The hackathon will cultivate a collaborative and stimulating environment, affording you the opportunity to network with fellow developers and forge connections that may grow into future collaborations and transformative ventures.

Join us at the forefront of the EduTech revolution and be part of transforming education in Africa. Together, we shall empower educators, learners, and educational institutions with cutting-edge solutions that propagate accessibility, quality, and progression. Do not let this moment pass you by; register now and build with us on EduTech solutions to be implemented across Africa!

Key Focus Areas:

  • Online Learning Platforms and Remote Learning Infrastructure
  • Student Engagement Tools, Assessment and Feedback
  • Teacher Support and Professional Development
  • Educational Content Creation
  • Language Learning Solutions, Translation and Localization
  • Edutainment
  • Special Needs Education
  • Parent-Teacher Communication
  • Data Analytics in Education
  • Digital Libraries and Resources
  • AI and Machine Learning in Education
  • Education for Underprivileged Communities
  • Cybersecurity in EdTech

Target Audience:

  • Software Developers
  • Educators and tutors or teaching experts
  • Data Scientists and Analysts
  • Students and learners
  • IoT Specialists
  • Educational Entrepreneurs
  • Learning Institutions

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 education and learning processes.

New to Africa's Talking? Get started here.

Check out this course on ICP to get started with the technology. 

Developer Documentation (We welcome feedback)

The winning solution will receive cash prizes as follows:

  • Winner - $100 (Join Marketplace Program)
  • 1st Runners Up - $50
  • 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:

  1. @AfricasTalking
  2. @ATCommunityNBO
  3. @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

Kushite East Africa ICP.Hub is an initiative that promotes Internet Computer Protocol (ICP) awareness among developers through education and evangelism in the East African region. We teach and explore the decentralized world while still having fun along the way through incentives such as campus tours and hackathons.

Since its launch, Kushite East Africa ICP.Hub has been raising awareness and understanding of the Internet Computer Protocol (ICP) and its benefits among developers and the general public in the East African region, providing education and training opportunities for developers who want to learn and master the skills and tools needed to build on an inclusive ICP.

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.


  • Yvonne Kagondu

    East Africa ICP.Hub



  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi


    Developer Relations

  • Douglas Mwangi

    Africa's Talking

    Software Developer

  • Josphat Wanjiru

    Taka points

Featured Attendees

  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa’s Talking

    Head of Developer Community Africa

  • Lumona Mulengwa


    Founder & CEO

  • Elvis Munene

    Angaza Elimu


  • Dovine Owuor

    Software Developer

  • William Thuo



  • Fauzia Mohamed


    Software developer

  • Mack Marangu



  • Emmanuel Cheruiyot

    Emkaco Company Limited


  • Robert Kiprotich

    Express group

    IT support

  • Joshua Ngumbau


    Backend developer

  • Joyce Adhiambo

    Amali Organization

    Secretary Tech Department

  • David Kimani

    Lantei Consulting

    Founder and Lead Consultant

  • Ian Njeru



  • Nelson Oranga



  • Annette Mwende

    Creptie Organization


  • Lilian Mutegi

    Uptyke Consulting Ltd


  • Clifford Ojuka



  • Stephen Nduvi

    The Global Centre for Policy and Strategy

    Research Fellow and Head,Governance and Ethics Pillar

  • Douglas Kiprono

    Boxleo Courier

    IT Manager