Africa's Talking Open Hackathon Nairobi: Government Solutions

May 30, 5:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Join us at our open hackathon every last Thursday 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 innovate together.



About this event

Attention all code ninjas and binary benders! Join us to hack the matrix of government services. Let’s optimize algorithms, utilize seamless APIs, and architect the future of public service delivery. Time to code the revolution!

Join us at our monthly open hackathon every last Thursday of the month! This month's theme: Government Solutions.

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.

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.

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


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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  • @AfricasTalking
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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.

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  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi


    Developer Relations

  • Douglas Mwangi

    Africa's Talking

    Software Developer

  • Mainye Ben

    Africa's Talking LTD

    Data Scientist & Maker

Featured Attendees

  • Ivy Kiragu



  • Joel Kores




Solution Review
Hands-On hackathon
Demonstration 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