Africa's Talking Women in Tech Hackathon: Disaster Response and Resilience

Jul 31, 5:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Join us at our open hackathon every last Wednesday of the month. Build with us, present feature requests, give feedback, or contribute to our open-source APIs and SDKs. THEME: Disaster Response and Resilience Get your ticket, let us exchange knowledge, and best practices, submit feature requests, and innovate. Tell a sister to tell a sister. #WomenInTech



About this event

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In recent years, natural disasters and emergencies have become more frequent and severe due to climate change, urbanization, and other factors. Effective disaster response and resilience are crucial to saving lives, reducing economic losses, and ensuring quick recovery. The theme "Disaster Response and Resilience" focuses on leveraging technology to enhance our preparedness, response, and recovery efforts in the face of these challenges. By designing innovative tech solutions, we can create more resilient communities that are better equipped to handle disasters.

Why Attend?

  • Innovative Solutions: Explore cutting-edge technologies that can transform disaster response and resilience.
  • Expert Insights: Gain knowledge from industry experts, emergency responders, and researchers who are at the forefront of disaster management.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with professionals, policymakers, and innovators who share a passion for improving disaster response.
  • Practical Applications: Learn about real-world applications of tech solutions that have been successfully implemented in disaster-prone areas.
  • Skill Development: Enhance your skills in designing and implementing tech solutions for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Key Focus Areas:

  • Early Warning Systems: Advanced sensors and AI for disaster warnings.
  • Emergency Communication: Robust platforms for disaster communication.
  • Resource Management: Tools for efficient resource distribution.
  • Search and Rescue Operations: Drones and AR/VR for rescue and training.
  • Community Resilience Building: Educational apps and community engagement.
  • Health and Medical Response: Telemedicine and disease tracking.
  • Data Analytics and Decision Support: Big data for risk and impact assessment.
  • Infrastructure Resilience: Smart, disaster-resistant infrastructure.
  • Climate Change AdaptationSustainable practices to reduce disaster risks.

Target Attendees:

  • Software Developers
  • UI/UX and Product Designers
  • Data Scientists and Analysts
  • Emergency Responders
  • Policy Experts
  • Community Leaders
  • Educators and Researchers
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Entrepreneurs and Innovators

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: Disaster Recovery and Resilience

The winning solution will receive cash prizes as follows:

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

Social Media give-aways too!

More exclusive prizes and giveaways to attendees.

Contribute to open-source.


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


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

Submit your Idea:

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, 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).


  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi

    Africa's Talking

    Developer Relations, WIT Lead

  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead



Wednesday, July 31, 2024
5:30 AM – 4:30 PM UTC


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


  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead


  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

  • Joanita Nakityo

    AT WIT Uganda Community Lead

Global sponsor

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