Africa's Talking Women in Tech Hackathon: Education Solutions

Nov 29, 2023, 5:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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About this event

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Are you curious about how you could be a catalyst for change in education through the power of technology? Have you ever wondered how to use 2G technology to influence the education field?

Then the Africa's Talking Women in Tech Hackathon: Education Solutions is the place for you.

Why Attend?

In this hackathon, innovation meets empowerment, and technology becomes a catalyst for change. In an era defined by limitless possibilities, this groundbreaking event sets the stage for tech enthusiasts, innovators, and visionaries to converge and chart a course toward revolutionising education in Africa. Attendees of this hackathon are not just spectators; they are active participants in a mission to shape the future of education on the continent.

In the hackathon, participants will build innovative solutions that enhance user interactions using products from Africa's Talking, the leading communication platform in Africa. Our versatile APIs, including SMS, USSD, Voice, and Airtime. If you're passionate about technology and education, this event is an opportunity to be a part of a transformative movement that seeks to create solutions and opportunities for a brighter future in Africa. Join us, and together, let's code a better tomorrow.

Why join us?

Attending this hackathon means delving into the heart of education technology, gaining hands-on expertise, and acquiring profound insights into the capabilities of Africa's Talking APIs in the context of education. You'll discover how these APIs can revolutionise learning experiences, leaving you with a skill set that's invaluable in the ever-evolving tech landscape, especially in the realm of education.

But it's not just about the tech – it's the vibrant education community you'll become a part of. Throughout this exhilarating journey, you'll collaborate with a diverse group of like-minded individuals. This event isn't just an opportunity; it's your portal to unlock the untapped potential of these powerful tools to transform the way we teach and learn. Whether you're a seasoned educator, a creative instructional designer, or an eager tech enthusiast with a passion for education, this hackathon beckons you to partake in an enriching experience.

Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of something extraordinary. Join us, and together, let's shape the future of education technology and build a world where learning is more meaningful and accessible than ever before.

Key Focus Areas:

  • Educational Management Systems
  • Learning Platforms and Access
  • Inclusivity and Special Needs
  • Community Empowerment

Target Attendees:

  • Software Developers
  • UI/UX and Product Designers
  • Tech Enthusiasts
  • Students, Teachers and Parents
  • 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 monetise 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 utilises 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: Education Solutions

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.


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:

  • 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!


  • 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


    Developer Relations

  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Community Lead

  • Loise Kimwe

    Africa's Talking

    Software Engineer | Global Women In Tech Community Lead



Wednesday, November 29, 2023
5:30 AM – 4:00 PM UTC


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


  • Loise Kimwe

    Africa's Talking

    Software Engineer | Global Women In Tech Community Lead

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi


    Developer Relations

  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Community Lead


  • Tumi Moagi

    Africa's Talking

    South Africa Lead

  • Mariam Koné

    West Africa Lead

  • Lontia Nkhuwa

    Zambia Lead

  • Barke Said

    Kenya Co-Lead

  • Sylvia Kipkemoi

    Kenya Co-Lead

  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

  • Joanita Nakityo

    AT WIT Uganda Community Lead


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