Africa's Talking Open Hackathon Kigali, Rwanda: Government Solutions

Jun 22, 6:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us at our open hackathon in Kigali, Rwanda every third Saturday of the month! Build with us, present feature requests, give feedback, and contribute to our open-source API and SDKs. This month’s theme: Government Solutions. Get your ticket now and let's exchange knowledge, best practices, and let's innovate together.



About this event

Join us at our open hackathon in Kigali, Rwanda. We will be building Government solutions.  Come and build with us, present feature requests, give feedback, and contribute to our open-source API and SDKs.

The government strives to deliver services efficiently and on time to its citizens. By applying technology with the end-user in mind, we can build robust solutions that truly serve the public. Africa's Talking, in collaboration with service providers and users, aims to create these solutions.

Africa's Talking APIs for SMS, USSD, VOICE, Chat, Data, and Airtime, combined with emerging AI, ML and hardware technologies, provide data intermediary solutions that enhance service access. Technology adoption has significantly benefited government service delivery, enabling timely and efficient services and fostering progress and growth for citizens across Africa.

Key Objectives:

  • Streamlining service delivery processes
  • Enhancing communication between government and citizens
  • Developing scalable and accessible solutions for various government services
  • Leveraging AI and data for efficient resource management

Expected Solutions(The solutions should Utilize 2G Technologies through AT API's):

  • E-Government Portals: Comprehensive online platforms for citizens to access various government services such as tax filing, license applications, and social services. These portals can streamline processes, reduce wait times, and increase transparency.
  • Mobile Health Solutions: Applications and systems for managing healthcare delivery, including telemedicine services, appointment scheduling, and electronic health records. These solutions can enhance access to healthcare, particularly in remote areas.
  • Digital Identity Systems: Secure digital identity platforms that enable citizens to verify their identity for various services. This can facilitate easier access to banking, voting, and social services, reducing fraud and improving efficiency.
  • Smart Agriculture Solutions: Technologies that support farmers with real-time data on weather, soil conditions, and crop health. These solutions can help improve productivity, reduce waste, and ensure food security.
  • Education Management Systems: Platforms that manage and deliver educational content, track student performance, and facilitate remote learning. These systems can improve access to quality education and support teachers and students alike.

  • Transportation and Infrastructure Monitoring: Systems that manage and monitor public transportation, road conditions, and infrastructure projects. These solutions can optimize traffic flow, enhance safety, and ensure timely maintenance and development.
  • Civic Engagement Platforms: Tools that enable citizens to participate in governance through feedback, reporting issues, and accessing information on government activities. These platforms can increase transparency, accountability, and public participation in decision-making processes.
  • Agricultural Support System: Real-time weather updates, market prices, and expert consultations for farmers.

  • Education Information System: School attendance tracking, exam result notifications, and educational content delivery.

  • Water and Sanitation Monitoring System: Service requests and notifications about service disruptions.

Target Audience:

  • Software engineers and developers
  • Government service providers and representatives
  • Technology partners and innovators
  • Hardware Engineers 
  • AI developers
  • Entrepreneurs

Get your ticket now and join us in exchanging knowledge, best practices, and innovative ideas to drive impactful change.

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Developer Documentation (We welcome feedback)

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, 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

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


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  • Josh Venscelas

    Software Engineer

  • Jackson Ngabonzinza

    National Bank of Rwanda

    Backend Engineer


  • Robert Tumaini

    Africa’s Talking

    Country Director

Featured Attendees

  • LWANDA Cephers AGAN

    University of Kigali


  • Nkundimana Augustin

    Agri tech AI group


  • Adolphe ISHIMWE

    Digital Land


  • Elissa Clever Rukundo

    Digital Heritage Preservationists platform

    Founder and CEO

  • Sharon UMUTESI

    African Leadership University


  • Norbert Ndayisenga



  • MUTESA Jean Patrick







    University of Rwanda


  • Derrick Chilenga

    AIMS Rwanda


  • HERI Joshua

    Young African Pioneers Group Limited


  • Robert MUGABE


    Software Engineer

  • Musengayezu Jeanluc

    Alx Rwanda


  • Irankunda David


    Software Engineer

  • Sharangabo Mugisha Bruno



  • Prince Rwema

    YG Events

    Artistic Director

  • Tresor Nyiringoma Habimana

    University of Rwanda


  • Mugwaneza Hubert


    Founder and CEO

  • Dushime Cedric Tresor

    TEPA Engineering


  • Festo KABANO


    Backend Developer

  • Elyse Mathieu Nshimyumukiza