A total of Kshs 2.4 million (or US $ 24,000) in cash prizes will be up for grabs during the #SmartCityNairobi Challenge hackathon set to take place during the Nairobi Tech Week, organised by iHub and Moringa School.
The Nairobi Tech Week will be held at Strathmore University from April 27 – 30, 2016.
The hundreds of attendees of Nairobi Tech Week will be invited to take part in the #SmartCityNairobi Challenge where developers will have the chance to participate in a hackathon to create a solution to a problem in Nairobi using Twitter’s API with the support of Twitter’s Developer Relations Team.
On the final day of the hackathon, the best 3 ideas will receive a $2,000 (Kshs 200,000) cash prize and continue on a 6 week programme which includes ; red membership at the iHub, support and mentorship from Twitter and iHub teams and a final presentation to technology experts to further the development of their idea. At the end of the programme, the winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 (Kshs 1 million), first runner up will win $7,000 (Kshs 700,000) and second runner up will win $5,000 (Kshs 500,000).
Nairobi Tech Week is expected to provide thought-provoking sessions with industry experts including founders, CEOs and CTOs from Kenya’s startups and corporates.
“We will start off with conversations with tech influencers in finance, education, music, e-commerce, health, data science and government. Day two will be dedicated to developers and we will spend the day in intense workshops covering a wide range of topics including android, GIS tracking and hardware. Day three is dedicated to hacking giving participants a chance to stimulate those creative and problem solving juices. We will wind up with amazing panels including a special panel made up of the leaders of several of Nairobi’s programming language user groups discussing their platforms and looking at standards for developers,” states iHub on its blog post about the event.
The event has attracted sponsorship from major organisations including Uber, Africa Is Talking, Merck, BRCK, Microsoft, Google, Frontline SMS, Nest,Up Magazine, Strathmore University and Jumo among others.
Participation at Nairobi Tech Week is open after registration with participation expected from developers, entrepreneurs, students, government, builders, hackers, the curious, innovators.