Africa's Talking Open Hackathon: Payments - Nairobi, Kenya

Jul 27, 2023, 5:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Join us at the Africa's Talking Open Hackathon and revolutionize payment solutions for Africa! Get your Ticket!


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About this event

Join us at the Africa's Talking Open Hackathon and revolutionize payment solutions for Africa!

Are you passionate about creating innovative payment solutions that cater to the unique needs of the African market? Look no further! Our hackathon is the perfect platform for developers, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts to collaborate and build cutting-edge payment solutions using Africa's Talking Products.

Africa's Talking offers a comprehensive suite of developer-friendly APIs and SDKs that empower you to create secure, scalable, and user-friendly payment solutions. Leverage powerful mobile payment APIs  to integrate with popular mobile money platforms across Africa, enabling seamless transactions for users. With Africa's Talking, you can easily process payments, manage subscriptions, and handle disbursements with just a few lines of code.

During the hackathon, you'll have access to Africa's Talking's expert mentors who will guide you in utilizing their diverse range of products, including SMS, voice, airtime, and USSD APIs, to enhance your payment solutions. These tools enable you to create robust and interactive payment interfaces, improving accessibility and convenience for users.

Not only will you have the opportunity to showcase your skills and creativity, but you'll also compete for exciting prizes and gain recognition from industry leaders. The hackathon will provide a collaborative and stimulating environment where you can network with like-minded individuals, forming connections that may lead to future partnerships and ventures.

Join us at the Africa's Talking Payments Hackathon and be at the forefront of revolutionizing payment solutions in Africa. Together, let's empower businesses and individuals across the continent with secure, efficient, and inclusive payment systems. Register now and be part of the payment solution transformation!

Key Focus Area:

  • Payment APIs and Solutions
  • How AT APIs can be integrated to offer seemless payment service experience
  • Africa's Talking API

Target Attendees:

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

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: 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 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 channels:

  1. Slack:

Please follow our Twitter handles to:

  • @AfricasTalking
  • @ElarianHQ

You can get our videos, recaps, and event interviews on our youtube channels, subscribe to get updates:

  1. Africa's Talking Youtube Channel
  2. Elarian Youtube Channel

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.


  • We will provide complimentary transport to and from Jeevanjee Garden.

Note: Departure time is 7:45 AM (kindly be on time).

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


  • Douglas Mwangi

    Africa's Talking

    Software Developer

  • Loise Kimwe

    Africa's Talking

    Software Engineer | WIT Lead

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi

    Africa's Talking

    Developer Relations, WIT Lead


  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa's Talking

    Head of Developer Community Africa


  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi

    Africa's Talking

    Developer Relations, WIT Lead

  • Josphat Mwangi

    Taka points

Featured Attendees

  • Mandela Shaban



  • Michael Kimathi

    Impact Masters and Africa's Talking

    Consulting Entrepreneur and Dev Rel Lead

  • Mark Ngatia


    Head of IT

  • Brackly Murunga


    AI/ML Lead

  • Emmanuel Cheruiyot

    Emkaco Company Limited


  • Kenneth Mathari

    Kyosk Digital Services

    Android Engineer

  • Mugisha Ivan Jalagatha



  • Peter Wambua


    Software Engineer

  • william thuo



  • Faith Zawadi

    Fedha Electrics

    Frontend developer

  • Eddie Kago

    Vibranium ID


  • Julius Karanja

    PASS Kenya

    Project Manager

  • Joakim Okero

    Jomo Kenyatta university





  • Jeff Odhiambo

    VSTech Limited


  • Charles Njuguna

    Lanstar Technologies Limited

    Senior Backend Engineer

  • Emanuel Wanyonyi

    Kenya Education Network

    Applications Developer