Africa's Talking Women in Tech Hackathon: Building for Social Good using Africa's Talking

Feb 28, 5:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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Overview:

The Africa's Talking Women in Tech Hackathon: Building for Social Good is an exciting opportunity for tech enthusiasts to come together and leverage the power of innovative solutions. This hackathon challenges participants to transform traditional 2G technology, including SMS, USSD, Airtime, and Voice services, using Africa's Talking APIs. The goal is to create impactful solutions for various social problems faced in society. Join us for a collaborative and empowering experience that combines technology, creativity, and social responsibility.


Why Attend?

Embark on a journey where innovation intersects with empowerment, and technology acts as a catalyst for positive change. In a time of boundless possibilities, our hackathon stands as a groundbreaking event, inviting tech enthusiasts, innovators, and visionaries to unite and pave the way for revolutionizing social impact through technology. Attendees of this hackathon aren't mere observers; they are active contributors to a mission that seeks to shape the future of social good in Africa.

At this hackathon, participants will craft ingenious solutions that elevate user interactions, leveraging the power of Africa's Talking, the leading communication platform on the continent. Our versatile APIs, spanning SMS, USSD, Voice, and Airtime, empower you to build transformative projects. If your passion aligns with technology and social impact, this event provides a unique opportunity to be part of a movement dedicated to creating solutions and opportunities for a brighter future in Africa. Join us, and together, let's code a better tomorrow.


Key Focus Areas:

  • Food Security
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Community Engagement
  • Gender Equality in Tech

Target Attendees:

  • Software Developers
  • UI/UX and Product Designers
  • Tech Enthusiasts
  • Social Good and Community Activists
  • NGOs and Government Officials
  • Various Industry Experts

These diverse groups of attendees will bring a range of skills, perspectives, and ideas to the hackathon, fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment for innovation.

All developers, from all fields, are welcome for the hackathon.

What to Expect as an Attendee:

  • Cutting-Edge Tools and Technologies: Gain access to Africa's Talking APIs and SDKs, specifically designed to streamline implementation and ensure a seamless experience.
  • Mentorship and Guidance: Collaborate closely with seasoned experts from Africa's Talking, who will serve as mentors throughout the hackathon. Benefit from their guidance, insights, and support as we build together.
  • Expand Your Network: As a member of our community, you'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, potential collaborators, and industry professionals. Build valuable relationships that can propel your career or projects to new heights.
  • Exciting Rewards and Recognition: Get a chance to win cash prizes and earn recognition for your innovative solutions. Get to receive accolades for your contributions through our social media, potential collaborators and other platforms.
  • Qualify for the Marketplace Program: By participating in the hackathon, you become eligible to join our exclusive Marketplace Program. Unlock opportunities to further develop and monetize your solutions, making a lasting impact on Africa's economic growth and development.
  • Exposure to other Women in Tech opportunities.


Solution Criteria:

  • Use of Africa's Talking APIs: How effectively the project utilizes one or more of the Africa's Talking APIs i.e. SMS, USSD, Airtime, Voice.
  • Innovation: The originality and creativity of the project idea and implementation.
  • User Experience: How well the project meets user needs and provides an intuitive and seamless experience.
  • Functionality: How well the project performs the intended functionality and handles errors and edge cases.
  • Presentation: The clarity and effectiveness of the project demonstration and pitch.

New to Africa's Talking? Get started here.

Developer Documentation (We welcome feedback)

THEME: Building for Social Good

The winning solution will receive cash prizes as follows:

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

More exclusive prizes and giveaways to attendees.

Contribute to open-source.

Agenda:

1. Introductions

2. Overview

  • Technical hands-on session

3. Ideation

  • Form teams where need be.
  • Feedback

4. Building/hacking: Code in GitHub/GitLab/BitBucket and deploy in Docker/Automated CI/Travis CI/Bamboo

5. Demonstration and Wrap-up

  • Teams or individuals will demonstrate what they have hacked for feedback or adoption.

Note: Carry a laptop

Opportunities:

  • 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

Join our community channels:

  • Community Page:
    • Join Africa's Talking Women In Tech Community here

Twitter (X):

    • Follow Our Page on X here

Africa's Talking powers communications solutions across Africa with simplified access to telco infrastructure, developers use our powerful SMS, USSD, Voice, Airtime and Data, and Payments APIs to bring their ideas to life, as they build and sustain scalable businesses.

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.

Everyone is welcome!

Transport:

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

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

Speakers

  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi

    Africa's Talking

    Developer Relations, WIT Lead

  • Loise Kimwe

    Africa's Talking

    Software Engineer | Global Women In Tech Community Lead

Facilitator

  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

When

When

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
5:30 AM – 4:00 PM UTC

Agenda

Introduction
Overview and Ideation
Hands-on Hacking
Lunch
Hands-on Hacking
Demonstration and Wrap-up

Hosts

  • Loise Kimwe

    Africa's Talking

    Software Engineer | Global Women In Tech Community Lead

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi

    Africa's Talking

    Developer Relations, WIT Lead

Organizers

  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

  • Joanita Nakityo

    AT WIT Uganda Community Lead

Global sponsor

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Africa's Talking

Partners

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