Africa's Talking Open hackathon: Messaging(SMS (Bulk), WhatsApp, Telegram)

Africa's Talking Community

Friday, March 31, 2023, 5:00 AM – 3:30 PM UTC



About this event

Join us at our open hackathon every last Thursday of the month. Build with us, present feature requests, give feedback, or contribute to our open-source API and SDKs.

Can you build a WhatsApp, Telegram bot which addresses the customer FAQs and utilizes SMS

You can send your consumers efficient text messages when they need them thanks to our messaging services. You have a range of options for including text messaging in your mobile and web applications thanks to our user-friendly and dependable SMS APIs.


  • Bulk SMS
  • Two-way SMS
  • Premium SMS

Use Cases:

  • 2FA (OTP)
  • Collect feedback
  • Notification services
  • FAQ Bots

Developer Documentation (We welcome feedback)

THEME: Messaging (SMS (Bulk)/WhatsApp/Telegram for Support)

The winning solution will receive cash prizes as follows(Product):

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

The winning solution will receive cash prizes as follows(UI/UX):

  • Winner - $50
  • 1st Runners Up - $25
  • 2nd Runners Up - $20

The winning solution will receive cash prizes as follows(Design):

  • Winner - $50
  • 1st Runners Up - $25
  • 2nd Runners Up - $20

More exclusive prizes and giveaways to attendees.

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, 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:


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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.


  • We will provide transport to and from Jeevanjee Garden.
  • Note that Jeevanjee Garden Departure time is 7:45 AM (kindly be on time). 


  • Douglas Mwangi


    Software Developer

  • Loise Kimwe

    Africa's Talking

    Software Engineer | Global Women In Tech Community Lead

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi


    Developer Relations

  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa's Talking

    Head of Developer Community Africa

  • Graham Ingokho Muhanga

    Africa's Talking LLC

    SVP Marketing


  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa's Talking

    Head of Developer Community Africa

Featured Attendees

  • Alvin Wachira


  • Jane Murimi

    KCA univercity

  • Sebastian Opiyo


  • Douglas Kiprono

    Boxleo Courer

  • Naomi Tanui

    Geeplan management Limited

  • Pauline Namwakira

    Azubi Africa

  • Harmel Ngongo


  • Kevin Kipkoech



5:00 AMWarm-Up
7:00 AMAWS Presentation
7:00 AMBuilding/hacking: Code in GitHub/GitLab/BitBucket and deploy in Docker/Automated CI/Travis CI/Bamboo
10:00 AMLunch
1:30 PMDemonstration and Wrap-up


  • 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