Africa's Talking Open Hackathon: Gaming And Betting Solutions

Jun 27, 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Are you a developer, designer or entrepreneur? Join us at Africa’s Talking Open Hackathon focused on Gaming and Betting Solutions! Leverage Africa’s Talking APIs to innovate around the gaming and betting industry. Get your ticket!


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About this event

Africa’s Talking is excited to announce an Open Hackathon centered around Gaming and Betting Solutions! This event aims to bring together the brightest minds in tech to develop innovative solutions that enhance user experience, ensure regulatory compliance, and promote responsible gaming. Participants will leverage Africa’s Talking APIs (SMS, USSD, Chat, Airtime, MobileData, Voice and Insights (Beta Testers)) to build scalable and secure platforms that address key industry challenges such as fraud prevention, data security, and seamless payment integration.

Whether you’re a developer, entrepreneur, game designer, data scientist, or industry professional, this hackathon offers a unique opportunity to showcase your skills and collaborate with like-minded individuals. Join us in pushing the boundaries of the gaming and betting industry and contribute to creating a safer, more engaging, and efficient ecosystem. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of this transformative event! Register today and help shape the future of gaming in Africa.


  1. User Registration and Authentication
    • SMS API: Send OTPs (One-Time Passwords) for user verification.
    • USSD API: Allow users to register and authenticate via USSD menus.
  2. Real-Time Game Updates and Notifications
    • SMS API: Send game updates, scores, and betting outcomes to users.
    • Voice API: Provide voice call updates for visually impaired users or those who prefer voice notifications.
  3. Bet Placement and Management
    • USSD API: Enable users to place bets and check bet status without internet.
    • Chat API: Allow users to place bets and manage their accounts through messaging platforms.
  4. Promotions and Marketing Campaigns
    • SMS API: Send promotional messages and special offers to users.
    • Airtime API: Reward users with airtime bonuses for participation in promotions.
  5. Customer Support and Feedback
    • Voice API: Set up a call center for user inquiries and support.
    • Chat API: Provide instant support via chatbots or live agents on popular messaging platforms.
  6. User Engagement and Retention
    • SMS API: Send daily tips, reminders, and motivational messages.
    • USSD API: Create loyalty programs and allow users to check their loyalty points via USSD.
  7. Transaction and Payment Processing
    • Airtime API: Enable users to top up their accounts using airtime.
    • Mobile Data API: Monitor and manage transaction data for fraud prevention and analysis.
  8. Data-Driven Insights and Analytics
    • Insight API (Beta Testers): Analyze user behavior and betting patterns to optimize offerings.

Target Attendees:

  1. Developers and Programmers
    • Mobile Developers: Focused on building mobile apps for gaming and betting.
    • Web Developers: Experienced in creating web-based gaming and betting platforms.
    • Backend Developers: Skilled in server-side development and integrating APIs.
    • Full Stack Developers: Capable of handling both frontend and backend development.
  2. Data Analysts and Scientists
    • Data Analysts: To analyze user data, betting patterns, and game outcomes.
    • Data Scientists: To develop predictive models and insights using the Insight API.
  3. UX/UI Designers
    • UI Designers: Focused on creating user-friendly interfaces for gaming and betting apps.
    • UX Designers: To ensure a seamless and engaging user experience.
  4. Product Managers
    • Product Managers: To guide the product development process and ensure alignment with user needs and business goals.
  5. Marketing and Business Professionals
    • Digital Marketers: To develop marketing strategies and campaigns using the SMS and Airtime APIs.
    • Business Analysts: To identify market trends and opportunities in the gaming and betting industry.
  6. Entrepreneurs and Startups
    • Gaming Startups: Looking to innovate in the gaming space using AT's APIs.
    • Betting Startups: Interested in leveraging technology to enhance their offerings.
  7. Gamers and Betting Enthusiasts
    • Casual Gamers: To provide insights into user preferences and behavior.
    • Professional Gamers: To share expertise and needs from a professional gaming perspective.
    • Betting Enthusiasts: To offer real-world feedback on betting solutions.
  8. Industry Experts and Mentors
    • Gaming Industry Experts: To provide domain-specific knowledge and mentorship.
    • Betting Industry Professionals: To share industry insights and best practices.
  9. Community Members and Advocates
    • Tech Community Leaders: To promote collaboration and knowledge sharing.

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 economic growth and development of Africa by providing solutions that simplify and enhance payment processes

The winning solution will receive cash prizes as follows:

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

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

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Developer Documentation (We welcome feedback)


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

Opportunities for Enterprises and Developers:

  • 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:

  • Join Africa's Talking slack community here

Please follow us on Twitter handles to:

  • @AfricasTalking
  • @ElarianHQ

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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


  • Douglas Mwangi

    Africa's Talking

    Software Developer

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi

    Africa's Talking

    Developer Relations, WIT Lead

  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa's Talking

    Head of Developer Community Africa

Featured Attendees

  • Clinton Kiplagat

    GillySia developers


  • Simon Walaka


    Graphics Designer



Thursday, June 27, 2024
5:00 AM – 5:00 PM UTC


5:00 AM Warm-Up
7:00 AMBuilding/hacking: Code in GitHub/GitLab/BitBucket and deploy in Docker/Automated CI/Travis CI/Bamboo Note: This section needs additional setup.
10:00 AMLunch
11:00 AMBuilding Continues
2:00 PMDemonstration and Wrap-up


  • Josphat Mwangi

    Africa's Talking

    Community Lead Nairobi


  • 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

  • David Okwii


    Africa's Talking Community UG Co-Lead

  • Cynthia Moraa

    WIT Kenya Co-Lead

  • Michael Adedayo

    Africa's Talking

    Community Lead Lagos

  • Alexander Ikeh

    Community Co-Lead Abuja

  • Aaron Ujah

    Community Co-Lead Abuja

  • Nnamdi Azubuike

    Community Co-Lead Lagos