Africa's Talking Women in Tech Hackathon: Data Protection and Privacy

Jul 26, 2023, 5:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Join us every last Wednesday of the month at our open hackathon, where we will focus on the intersection of APIs, Data Protection and Privacy. Discover how APIs can be leveraged to enhance and fortify data protection measures. THEME: Data Protection and Privacy Get your ticket, let us exchange knowledge and best practices. Tell a sister to tell a sister. #WomenInTech



About this event

On a daily basis, our data is shared in various ways such as in applications, when we interact among other ways. However, is the safety or protection of our data guaranteed? Do you think we can improve the privacy and protection of data using APIs?

That is what this hackathon aims to tackle. We will be using the API knowledge to find better ways and avenues to improve and reinforce data privacy and protection measures.

This hackathon is designed to enable ladies and all attendees to build on their API skill better, as well as apply the knowledge in real-life data protection scenarios. The attendees have a chance to engage their problem-solving skills by applying solutions to real-life problems in data privacy that they have encountered, or gaps they have seen in data protection. By building scalable solutions, the attendees have a better understanding of API use and become problem-solvers.

Using Africastalking APIs, participants will be able to brainstorm solutions tailored for them, and use the industry best practices to bring scalable and applicable solutions to life. Throughout the hackathon, participants will have access to experts who will provide guidance and support as they develop their solutions. The hackathon will conclude in a pitching session where participants will present their solutions to everyone, who will evaluate and provide feedback on the projects.

Join us and let us build scalable solutions.

Key Focus Areas:

  • Reinforcement of data protection measures using APIs
  • New data protection mechanisms using APIs to solve existing gaps
  • API use in data privacy

Developer Documentation (We welcome feedback)

Contribute to open-source.

Target Attendees:

  • Data engineers
  • Data scientists
  • Software engineers
  • Data analysts
  • Cybersecurity
All engineers, 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 socials 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.

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

NB:More exclusive prizes and giveaways to attendees.

Submit your Idea:

  • Hackathon idea submission form

Note: Carry a laptop


  • Gain market ready Skills
  • Network
  • Innovate
  • Access to our Talent bench (You can get a job or a gig on the spot)

Solution Criteria:

  • Use of Africa's Talking API: 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.

Join our community channels:

  • Community Page:

         - Join Africa's Talking Women In Tech Community here

  • Twitter:

         - Follow Our Twitter Page here

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 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!


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


  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

  • Grayce Muthui

    Kenya Community Co-Lead

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi


    Developer Relations


  • Loise Kimwe

    Africa's Talking

    Software Engineer | Global Women In Tech Community Lead

Featured Attendees

  • Everline Jemutai

    Kenya Revenue Authority


  • Elizabeth Musau

    Kenyatta University

    Student: Aerospace Engineering

  • Monicah Wanjema

    micro verse online org


  • Queenter Juma



  • Elizabeth Njeri


    Computer scientist

  • Joyce Adhiambo

    Amali Organization




Wednesday, July 26, 2023
5:30 AM – 4:30 PM UTC


Overview and Ideation
Hands-on Hackathon
Demonstration and Wrap-up


  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

  • Joanita Nakityo

    AT WIT Uganda Community Lead


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Africa's Talking

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