Africa's Talking Women in Tech Hackathon: Maternal Health

Aug 30, 2023, 5:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us every last Wednesday of the month! If you're passionate about using technology to make a difference in maternal health and want to collaborate with brilliant minds in the tech and maternal health sector, this event is for you. THEME: Maternal Health Get your ticket, let us exchange knowledge, and best practices, submit feature requests, and innovate. Tell a sister to tell a sister.


APIsCommunityHackathonHealth Tech

About this event

Are you passionate about leveraging technology to make a meaningful impact on maternal health? Do you want to be part of a revolutionary event that brings together brilliant minds in tech and the maternal health sector? Look no further! Join us for an exhilarating Women in Tech Hackathon, where we harness the power of Africa's Talking APIs to tackle pressing issues surrounding maternal health.

Maternal health is a crucial aspect of society, yet it continues to face numerous challenges across the globe. Are you ready to be part of the solution? In this groundbreaking event, attendees will get to use products from Africa's Talking, the leading communication platform in Africa. Our versatile APIs, including SMS, USSD, Voice, and Airtime, provide a treasure trove of resources for tech enthusiasts and developers seeking to create impactful solutions.

Why join us?

Over the course of this exciting hackathon, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals, including tech experts, healthcare professionals, and social entrepreneurs, all passionate about improving maternal health. By leveraging Africa's Talking APIs, you can turn your ideas into reality and make a tangible difference in the lives of countless mothers and infants.

We believe in the power of diversity and inclusivity. Women's perspectives and experiences are invaluable in tackling maternal health challenges effectively. This hackathon aims to empower women in tech, bridging the gender gap, and showcasing their potential to drive positive change.

Join Us in the Journey!

The Women in Tech Hackathon with a focus on maternal health and Africa's Talking APIs promises to be an unforgettable experience. Come join us as we collectively strive to create innovative tech solutions that can save lives, empower communities, and pave the way for a healthier future for mothers and children across the world. Together, let's build a world where every mother receives the care and support she deserves.

Join us and let us build scalable solutions.

Key Focus Areas:

Our hackathon seeks to address critical questions, such as:

  • How can we enhance access to vital maternal health information in remote and under-served areas?
  • What innovative methods can we employ to reduce maternal mortality rates and ensure safe pregnancies?
  • How can technology bridge the communication gap between healthcare providers and pregnant women, facilitating better care and support?
  • Are there efficient ways to create awareness about prenatal care and postpartum well-being through accessible technology?

Target Attendees:

  • Software Developers
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • UX/UI Designers
  • Data Scientists
  • Public Health Experts and Researchers
  • Non-profit Organizations and Government Representatives

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 i.e Problem Statement, Solution and demo.

Developer Documentation (We welcome feedback)

THEME: Maternal Health

The winning solution will receive cash prizes as follows:

  1. Winner - $100
  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)

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 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

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi

    Africa's Talking

    Developer Relations, WIT Lead

  • Sylvia Mbugua

    Jacaranda Health

    Tech manager | software engineer

  • Jay Patel

    Jacaranda Health

    Head of Technology


  • Jay Patel

    Jacaranda Health

    Head of Technology

  • Sylvia Mbugua

    Jacaranda Health

    Tech manager | software engineer

  • 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

  • Doreen Kendi


    JKUAT IT student

  • Mary Likam

    Kenyatta university

    Medical student

  • Alphonsine Cyuzuzo Uwase

    University of Rwanda


  • Fauzia Mohamed


    software engineer

  • Maryam Wangeshi

    Kenyatta University


  • Jane Kihugu

    Jubilee insurance

    Business analyst

  • Ruth Betty Kwara

    Tech Tribe Tales




Wednesday, August 30, 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

Global sponsor

Africa's Talking logo

Africa's Talking