Africa's Talking Women in Tech Hackathon: Effective Mobile Engagements To Drive Customer Experience

Sep 27, 2023, 5:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us this Wednesday to build solutions that can be incorporated in to a business or be a business to leverage on SMS, Voice, USSD, Airtime and Mobile Data to develop user friendly mobile or web applications and scalable solutions to streamline customer support systems and engage customers efficiently and effectively? Get your ticket, let us exchange knowledge, best practices. #WomenInTech


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About this event

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Are you a woman in tech ready to make a lasting impact in the world of mobile engagement? Join our exciting monthly hackathon powered by Africa's Talking communication APIs in partnership with HindSight Ventures, designed exclusively for those ready to get hands-on in building solutions turn startups. This event is your opportunity to unlock your creativity and innovation in the realm of mobile technology.

Problem Statement: How can Corporates and Businesses leverage on SMS, USSD, Voice, Airtime and Mobile Data to develop user friendly mobile or web applications to streamline customer support systems and engage customers efficiently and effectively.

Why Attend?

This more than just a hackathon, get a chance to showcase your solutions to stakeholder and investors to bring you idea to become a real business. The theme aims to harness the power of mobile technologies i.e. SMS, USSD, Airtime, Voice and Mobile Data through the use of our Africa's Talking communication APIs to drive more effective and efficient customer experiences. Participants are expected to craft 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. Whether it's developing user-friendly mobile or web apps, streamlining customer support systems, or inventing entirely new ways to engage customers, your creativity is the limit.

Why join us?

Attending this hackathon means delving into the heart of mobile technology, gaining hands-on expertise, and acquiring profound insights into the capabilities of Africa's Talking APIs. You'll discover how these APIs can revolutionize user engagement on mobile platforms, leaving you with a skill set that's invaluable in the ever-evolving tech landscape. This event isn't just an opportunity; it's your portal to unlock the untapped potential of these powerful tools. Whether you're a seasoned developer, a creative designer, or an eager tech enthusiast, this hackathon beckons you to partake in an enriching experience.

But it's not just about the tech – it's the vibrant community you'll become a part of. Throughout this exhilarating journey, you'll collaborate with a diverse group of like-minded individuals. From tech gurus and industry experts to passionate social entrepreneurs, you'll find yourself in the company of those who share your zeal for improving mobile engagements. Together, you'll harness the power of Africa's Talking APIs to turn your visionary ideas into tangible solutions that can make a real difference in people's lives.

Imagine creating innovations that save lives, empower communities, and pave the way for more seamless mobile interactions. This hackathon is your chance to make that vision a reality. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of something extraordinary. Join us, and together, let's shape the future of mobile technology and build a world where connections are more meaningful and accessible than ever before.

Key Focus Areas:

  • SMS Innovation
  • USSD Transformation
  • Voice-Driven Solutions
  • Airtime Integration
  • Mobile Data Integration

These focus areas will challenge participants to think creatively and develop innovative solutions that leverage Africa's Talking APIs to improve mobile engagements across various communication channels to drive efficient and effective customer exxperience.

Target Attendees:

  • Software Developers
  • UI/UX Professionals
  • Product Designers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Mobile Developers
  • Web Developers
  • Industry Experts
  • Tech Enthusiasts
  • Start ups

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.
  • Qualify to pitch your idea and solution in front of potential investors and stakeholders

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: Effective Mobile Engagements

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:
    • Follow Our Twitter Page here

Africa's Talking powers communications solutions across Africa with simplified access to telco infrastructure, developers use our powerful SMS, USSD, Voice, Airtime, 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: Jeevanjee Garden Departure time is 7:45 AM (kindly be on time). 


  • Sonia Claire A.

    Hindsight Ventures

    Country Lead-Kenya

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi


    Developer Relations

  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

  • Loise Kimwe

    Africa's Talking

    Software Engineer | Global Women In Tech Community Lead


  • Loise Kimwe

    Africa's Talking

    Software Engineer | Global Women In Tech Community Lead

Featured Attendees

  • Fauzia Mohamed


    software engineer

  • Caren Jeruto

    Un- women




Wednesday, September 27, 2023
5:30 AM – 4:00 PM UTC


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


  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

  • Joanita Nakityo

    AT WIT Uganda Community Lead


Africa's Talking logo

Africa's Talking

HindSight Ventures logo

HindSight Ventures