Aug 19, 2023, 6:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Join Africa’s Talking Hackathon, created to build scalable solutions, facilitate collaboration and innovation for our customers and industry at all levels. Come and build scalable solutions with us. Please RSVP if you are in/make it to Kigali, Rwanda. Get your ticket!



About this event

Please RSVP if you are in/will make it to Kigali, Rwanda.

Join Africa's Talking open hackathon to evolutionize building scalable solution to facilitate collaboration and innovation between our developers, customers and industry at all levels to create, learn and develop solutions for scalability that directly impact business success.

The mini-summit provides an intimate engagement space where the dev community, businesses, developers, and Africa's Talking collaborate with one another and the industry to share successes and identify capability gaps that address mission-critical communications needs.

AT is engaging her ecosystem of developers, public and private sector for the first time at a customer & developer engagement mini-summit in Kigali, Rwanda, August, 2023.

If you do not have an account with Africa's Talking as a dev you can check this rundown prepared for you.

The purpose of the hackathon, For Developers, is:

  • Engage with Developer communities in Kigali, Rwanda
  • Add devs on the AT Marketplace
  • Engage with Public and Private Universities in Kigali, Rwanda
  • Recruit developers for Open Source contribution and best practices
  • Run an Open Hackathon with Developers
  • Introduce AT Dev Shop
  • Introduce Africa's Talking opportunity to Dev Shops

Target Attendees:

  • Mobile Developers
  • Data engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • E-commerce Developers
  • Payment integration engineers
  • Entrepreneurs

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

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 Data, 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:


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 social media channels:


  • Join Africa's Talking slack community here
  • Join Elarian Slack community here

Please follow our Twitter handles:

  • @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 easily.

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


  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa's Talking

    Head of Developer Community Africa

  • Graham Ingokho Muhanga

    Africa's Talking LLC

    SVP Marketing

Featured Attendees

  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa's Talking

  • Brian Ebiyau

    Carnegie Mellon Unviversity Africa

  • NDAHAYO RUGERO Elvis Peace


  • IRAFASHA Dieudonne



    Bugema university

  • Jonah K. Menson

    Legacy Liberia

  • Mugisha Samuel




  • Bleatoh Karnga

    University of Lay Adventists of Kigali

  • KARINGANIRE Anathole



    Universty of Rwanda

  • NAYIHIKI Elysee


  • Tamanda Kaunda

  • Isaac Thani

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • Patrick Ndagijimana

    Gilmed Ltd

  • Fabrice MWANAFUNZI

    Karisimbi Tech Solutions


    university of Rwanda

  • MUCYO Ange Noella


  • Alphonsine Cyuzuzo Uwase

    University of Rwanda

  • SAFARI David


  • AHIMANA Jean de Dieu

    University of Rwanda

  • Robert Tumaini

    Africa's Talking

  • KAGENZA Isaac




Saturday, August 19, 2023
6:30 AM – 4:00 PM UTC


6:30 AMIntroductions and Product Use CaseOverview
7:15 AMAfrica's Talking APIs
8:30 AMBreak
9:15 AMHands-On hackathon
11:15 AMLunch
12:00 PMHands-on Hackathon
2:30 PMDemonstration and Wrap-up
4:00 PMNetworking


  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa's Talking

    Head of Developer Community Africa


  • 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