Sep 7, 2023, 5:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Climate change is a global crisis demanding immediate action. The Nairobi County Government, Africa's Talking, and Circular Innovation Hub invite you to Innovate Nairobi's Climate Change Hackathon at the WEE Centre. In 10 hours, develop scalable solutions in waste management, renewable energy, and more, using Africa's Talking's powerful APIs: USSD, SMS, Data, and Airtime. Targeting developers, act


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About this event

Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly.

"Unlocking Solutions, One Code at a Time: The Nairobi County Government, in strategic partnership with Africa's Talking and Circular Innovation Hub, is proud to present this month's edition of Innovate Nairobi Hackathon, themed 'Climate Change Hackathon.' Hosted at the state-of-the-art WEE Centre in Nairobi, this event brings together the city's brightest minds, software engineers, IoT Engineers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and environmentalists to tackle our planet's most pressing challenge—climate change. This 10-hour coding marathon aims to generate actionable, sustainable solutions for local environmental problems, harnessing the transformative power of technology. Join us to code for change, innovate for impact, and build a greener tomorrow for Nairobi, Kenya, and the world beyond. Let's change the climate of possibility!"

Special Feature: Come utilize Innovative Africa's Talking API's and SDKsUSSD, SMS, VoiceData and Airtime APIs to create innovative applications that can reach millions and make an impact at scale. This is more than a hackathon; it's an opportunity to be at the forefront of Africa's green tech revolution. Come and code the change you wish to see in the world!"

Key Focus Areas:
  • Waste Management,
  • Renewable Energy adoption and exploration,
  • Food security
  • Sustainable Agriculture,
  • Mitigating Carbon emission and awareness
  • Climate change impact awareness

Target Attendees:

  • Software Developers
  • Climate Tech Startups
  • Climate change experts
  • Data Scientists and Analysts
  • Environmental engineers
  • IoT Specialists
  • Climate Tech Entrepreneurs
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Civil Engineers

Aiming to create tech-savvy, local solutions for our global climate crisis.

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 climate change solutions and mitigation pf climate change effect by providing solutions that enhance climate solutions

New to Africa's Talking? Get started here.

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

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, and Airtime 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:


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
  • @ATCommunityNBO
  • @ElarianHQ

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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.


  • We will provide transport to and from Jeevanjee Gardens.

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

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

WEEE Centre (WEEE = Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is a social enterprise with a mission of securing a green and safe environment. WEEE Centre offers services of safe disposal of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste), secure data destruction and performs training and awareness creation on safe and circular e-waste management.

Circular Innovation Hub (CIH)  is a one-stop-shop for Circular Economy Excellence in Africa, inspiring and enabling the transition to a sustainable world. CIH programs are designed to bring together the best minds in innovation and spur the best ideas into reality. CIH offers: Incubation Programs, Advisory Services, Corporate Training, Co-working Spaces, Education and Tailor-made Events. 


  • 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

  • Josphat Mwangi

    Taka points

Featured Attendees

  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa’s Talking

    Head of Developer Community Africa

  • Reuben Mburu

    Apprentice Cloud


  • Samson Mobisa


    Web developer

  • Vincent Kogei


    Software developer

  • Fauzia Mohamed


    Software engineer

  • JimLeston Osoi



  • Anthony Maina



  • Okoth Felix

    Kothlyx Laboratories Limitted


  • Simon Mburu

    GreenTech Collectors

    Software Developer

  • Clifford Ojuka


    Junior Attendee

  • Christabel Chomba

    Autochek Kenya


  • Adonijah Kiplimo



  • Mack Marangu



  • Lumona Mulengwa



  • Ingrid Nyaribari

    Aamiya farms








  • Rebecca Ofwete

    Purpose global

    Project support manager

  • Christopher Nyamburi

    Artrix Kenya


  • Ruth Nguli

    Dandora Greenlight VTC




Thursday, September 7, 2023
5:30 AM – 5:00 PM UTC