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Event: Random Hacks of Kindness – hacking against corruption

RHoK HarareHave you ever wanted to know how to develop mobile applications but don’t know where to start? Have you ever gotten frustrated by not being able to do anything about problems that are going on around us? Corruption for instance? Do you just want to have fun this weekend with geeks, braai and beers? Do you feel that there is not local content in the mobile app stores? Do you think that because we are continuously exposed to content that’s not ours, our culture is getting extinct? Do you want to do anything about it?

If the answer to any these questions is yes, then you need to consider attend the RHoK “Hacking Against Corruption” Hackathon this weekend. We have limited places so we’ll only be able to accept those who register in advance. You can secure your place on:

Venue and Transport

To those of you who aren’t hearing about his event for the first time, note that the venue has changed from Crowne Plaza to 8 Folyjon Road in Glenlorne. We shall provide transport to and from the city centre. Those attending will be picked up outside the National Arts Gallery so if you are attending, please be there between 7:00am and 7:30am this Saturday so that we can provide transport to the venue. If you happen to get there late, just call or SMS the following numbers and we’ll organize transport for you:
Tawanda 0773 269 075
Sam 0779 772 027


Participants stand a chance to win the following prizes:

  1. A BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.
  2. An Android device. The type has not yet been confirmed at the time of writing but we’ll give you an update on that in the next day or two.
  3. A $500 cash prize.
  4. A trip to attend the BlackBerry Jam being held in Ghana next month
  5. T-shirts

You’ll also walk away with

Skills to develop your own mobile applications for the biNu, BlackBerry and Android platforms. Each day will start with a 90 minute bootcamp to teach – even a novice, how to start developing for those platforms.

The hackathon will happen over two days. After these two days, you will walk away with skills to develop for both the biNu and the BlackBerry platforms. And you will walk away with working applications.

Meals and Refreshments will be provided

  • Meals and refreshments will be provided.
  • Tea and snacks shall made available throughout the days and throughout Saturday night.
  • Participants are also allowed to bring and share.

Event theme

The theme for this event shall be ‘Hacking against corruption’. It’s important to note that although we shall be encouraging hackers to build applications which fight corruption, hacker should not feel restricted to this theme. We’re not going to let the theme get into the way of creativity.

Event Program

The event starts off with a 90 minute bootcamp on Saturday to teach you how to develop for biNu. The hackathon starts shortly after and then we have a 5 minute dragons den pitch of biNu solution at the end of the day.

Throughout Saturday night, we’re having a graphics designing competition and the one with the best designs will walk away with $500 the following morning.

RHoK Harare Program: Day 1

8:00 8:30 Guest Arrival and Registration (Transport from city centre will be provided).
8:30 8:40 Opening remarks
8:40 8:50 Sponsor presentation
8:50 10:20 biNu development 90 minute bootcamp
10:20 10:30 Sponsor Presentation
10:30 13:00 Hackathon Begins
13:00 14:00 Lunch/Braai Break
14:00 19:00 Hackathon Continues
19:00 20:00 Super
20:00 21:00 Dragons Den Pitches
21:00 21:05 Graphics designing completion brief
21:05 21:00 Graphics Designing competition starts. Runs for whole night


RHoK Harare Program: Day 2

6:00 6:40 Presentation of graphics designs
6:40 6:50 Sponsor presentation
6:50 8:20 BlackBerry development 90 minute bootcamp
8:20 8:30 Sponsor Presentation
8:30 11:00 Hackathon Begins
11:00 12:00 Lunch/Braai Break
12:00 17:00 Hackathon Continues
17:00 18:00 Dragons Den Pitches
18:00 18:30 Prizes winners are announced and awarded prizes
18:30 18:45 Closing remarks. Transport provided for those who are leaving


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8 thoughts on “Event: Random Hacks of Kindness – hacking against corruption

  1. this is heart warming. hopefuly one day soon we can see tertiary institutions getting involved and fielding representatives/province, or any other structures to level the playing field /raise awareness and evenly distribute this rare and great opportunity…

    pat on the back to all involved!

    1. There are actually four students from NUST here which is quite good!

      1. wat abt chinhoyi university of Tech, how many were women what are the age demographics.. hopefully someone is looking at these and making the necessary adjustments to normalize distribution..(thts if it hasnt been already done)

  2. This actually sounds like a really great event…even one worthy of some big name sponsorships. Hope it goes welll for those attending! And great street you’re hosting the event on..I know some pretty influential people that live there and maybe the hackers wll be inspired to work hard so that one day they may own a house in a place like that 🙂

  3. This is exciting – would vouch for a chance to learn anyday. Hope many will grab this opportunity and hack-away!

  4. This is singly the coolest thing I’ve seen in IT in Zim! Of course there’s also stuff like the Jumpstart challenges, but I like the implied social and indie vibe going on here.

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