AngelHack 2019 : Nairobi

IBIZ Africa, 5th Floor Students Center Building
Strathmore University , 00200 Ole Sangale Rd, Nairobi
April 24-26th, 2019

AngelHack’s Global Hackathon Series 2019

Nairobi Tech Week (NTW) is Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest annual tech event series. The event brings together various actors and influencers within the tech ecosystem to one space to exhibit the forefront of innovation and technology.

If you are an entrepreneur, a designer, a developer, a data scientist, a student, an engineering manager, policy maker, or a tech-enthusiast; THIS EVENT IS FOR YOU! At NTW you will get an opportunity to meet and interact with experts from Africa and the rest the world; engage in interactive workshops and panels, and bridge the gap around learning and solution development.

There will be exhibitions from developers, CTOs, tech entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders who are behind leading services, applications and solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The theme for #NTW2019 is “Technology in Africa: Today, the Future and the Journey”

NTW Hackathon

Join us on the 24th-26th April 2019 as multi-disciplinary teams compete to develop innovative solutions to tackle across East Africa.

NTW hackathon applications close on the March 29th, 2019. Sign up your team by following the “Apply Here” button above. This year’s event will offer a unique agenda packed with an exciting list of activities including world-class training from the industry’s best, both local and global from the sponsors below.

If your team is selected to participate, you will receive an exclusive invite-only confirmation to this year’s hackathon including workshops on key topics, and an opportunity to participate in the main event which will kick off on the 24th to the 25th.

Winning teams will be announced at Nairobi Tech Week on the 26th. Prizes include the following:

  • A cash prize of 100, 000 Ksh.
  • 3-month virtual incubation with AngelHack.
  • 3-month incubation with IBiz Africa.
  • AWS Credits (100$)
  • Swag from GitHub.
  • 6 months membership from Metta
  • Microsoft Azure Credits

Challenges and Prizes

Microsoft Challenge: Design AI Solutions on Azure to solve for Kenya’s food security & health care problem

GIZ Challenge: Design a solution that applies IoT to low-level income households in any of the following sectors: agriculture, health, fintech, energy

IBM Challenge: Get started for the 2019 Call for Code Global Challenge by building an application using cloud, data, analytics, AI, IoT, blockchain to improve natural disaster preparedness, response, or recovery focused on the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Join the Call for Code community at then use this visual recognition drone lab as a starting point to kickstart your solution

IBM Prize: $1k prize, $500/month IBM cloud credits

AWS Challenge: Using AWS Amplify: Build a mobile or web application that connects to at least one AWS service provided by the Amplify framework.

AWS Prize: The best working mobile or web app that connects to at least one AWS Amplify service will win one (1) Echo Spot per team member.

AngelHack Hackathon Rules

We know some rules are meant to be broken, but you should probably (read: definitely) stick by these:

1. Fresh Code – We all start coding at the same time. It’s cool to work on designs beforehand, digital mockups, open source frameworks, and anything else available to everyone, but keep things within fair limits.

2. Code Review – Winning teams may be subject to a code-review at some point following the event or immediately before winning. This is to ensure that all code used is in fact fresh.

3. Ownership and IP – You own your IP and whatever you create. Simple as that.

4. Team Size – No more than five people.

5. Submissions – Each hackathon has its individual hackathon.iopage where projects need to be submitted by the designated time. You’ll receive an email with instructions on how to do just that.

6. Demos – You’ll have 2 minutes to demo the functionality of your project and talk through your idea, and 1 minute for Q&A from judges.

7. Be cool to your fellow hackers! Check out our Code of Conduct.


How is the hackathon judged?
Projects will be judged based on the following criteria, with a total of 5 points per criteria:

  • Fundability: How fundable is this idea? Is there potential for a sustainable business model? Is this scalable? (0-5 points)
  • Execution: How well was the project executed and explained? Did they add a demo video? (0-5 points)
  • UI/UX: Beyond design, was the end-to-end user experience for the solution considered? (0-5 points)
  • Originality: How original, creative or unique is the idea? Is there a competitive advantage? (0-5 points)
  • Team: Is there a diverse team presented? Do they have a range of complementary skill sets for the project? (0-5 points)

Know someone who would make a great judge of awesomeness and innovation? Nominate them (or yourself!) at info@angelhack (dot) com


Participants will need to attend pre-NTW preparation and the full hackathon on April 24th – 26th.

The schedule for the pre-hackathon events are:

  • 21st March 2019 – Design Thinking session – Venue: ALX , Pinetree, 6.00pm-8.00pm with ALX & other partners presenting
  • 29th March 2019 – Rapid Prototyping – Daykio Plaza, Ngong Lane 6.00pm-8.00pm with Andela, Africa’s Talking, Moringa School and iLab Africa presenting
  • 5th & 6th April 2019 – Introduction to high-level APIs and Hackathon problem statements from Sponsors -Daykio Plaza, Ngong Lane
  • 12th April 2019 – Pitch Practice of the solutions teams will build – @iBiz Africa 6.00pm-8.00pm – Final hackathon teams selected to compete at NTW

April 24, Wednesday

  • 8-9 AM – Breakfast Available
  • 8-10 AM – Checkins
  • 10:00 AM – NTW General Nairobi Tech Week Opening Ceremony
  • 11:00 AM – Hackathon Opening Ceremony (Event intro, Technology intro, Partner 3 minute talks, Rules & Reminders, Q&A)
    • Coding Kickoff
  • 1-2 PM – Lunch
  • 1-5 PM – Technology and Business Mentors Available
  • 4-4:40 PM – Tea Break
  • 5:00 PM – Pitch Workshop
  • 6:00 PM – Doors Close at Strathmore
  • Midnight – Team name, 1 liner must be registered on

April 25, Thursday

  • 8:00 AM – Doors Open
  • 10:00 AM – Case Studies of Regional Startup Solutions
  • 11:00 AM – Optional session on yoga / meditation or relaxation techniques to perform
  • 11:00 AM – 3 PM – Business and Tech Mentors Available
  • 1:15-2:00 PM – Lunch
  • 2:00-5:00 PM – MANDATORY Pitch practice and A/V check for all teams pitching at Demo with mentors for all teams (need at least 5 pitch mentors)
  • 4:00-4:40 – Tea Break
  • 6:00 PM – Doors close at Strathmore
  • Midnight – Code Freeze & Submission Deadline

April 26, Friday

  • 8:00 AM – Doors Open
  • 10:00 AM – Judge Orientation (Private with Judges)
  • 10:30 AM – Demos Begin!
  • 12:00-12:30 – Judge Deliberation
  • 1:15-2 PM – Lunch
  • 4-4:45 PM – General NTW Closing Ceremony / Tech Week Awards / Hack Winners are Announced / Prizes!

Winners are Announced / Prizes!


  • Jessica Francisca Colaço Head of Growth, Brave Ventures & TED Fellow
  • Meaghan Lewis
    Meaghan Lewis Engineering Manager, GitHub
  • Linda Bonvo
    Linda Bonvo Tech & Immigration Lawyer, Lawyers Hub
  • Okal Otieno
    Okal Otieno Software Architect, JUMO.WORLD
  • Lawrence Muthoga
    Lawrence Muthoga Community Engagement Manager, Microsoft 4 Africa
  • Cecilia Mwangi
    Cecilia Mwangi MakeIT Coordinator, GIZ
  • Bernard Chiira Incubation Manager @ iBizAfrica & Chairperson at ASSEK (Association for Startup & SME Enablers of Kenya)


  • Robert Yawe
    Robert Yawe Customer Development based on LEAN Methodology
  • Jesse Muthee Software Engineering Manager, TALA
  • Roina Ochieng Developer Relations, Africa's Talking
  • Enos Masinde Weswa
    Enos Masinde Weswa Design Consultant, World Bank Group & Go Global Africa Consultant, British High Commission
  • Elton Maiyo
    Elton Maiyo Software Dev Learning Facilitator, Andela
  • Stanley Goldman
    Stanley Goldman Software Engineer, GitHub
  • Ahmed Mohamed Maawy
    Ahmed Mohamed Maawy Software Engineering Manager, BRCK & Facebook Dev Circle Lead
  • Bettirose Ngugi Program Manager, Microsoft


  • Sawe Peter
    Sawe Peter
  • Musyoka Muasya
    Musyoka Muasya AngelHack Ambassador
  • Kefa Mutuma
    Kefa Mutuma AngelHack Ambassador
  • Clare Mburu
    Clare Mburu Android Developer
  • Jaymo Jay
    Jaymo Jay AngelHack Ambassador
  • Chris Nyaga Technical Team Lead, Andela



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