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RBZ & Udugu hosting COVID-19 Fintech Hackathon. Apply here

Jointly held by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) & Udugu Institute the COVID-19 Fintech Hackathon aims to use Fintech to address the pandemic’s effects on healthcare, digital payments and economic recovery.  The hackathon taking place from 28 to 29 August will be held virtually. It’s open to anyone with a programming or business background. Sign up […]

UN calls for interested parties to build access to info platform for women

UN Women Zimbabwe is looking for innovative solutions to persistent societal and economic challenges that are disrupting participation of women in decisions that affect their lives. As such UN Women Zimbabwe aims to support an ideathon that is expected to result in a viable and workable web-based platform that facilitates access to information as well […]

Registrations For COVID-19 Global Hackathon Now Open

The COVID-19 Global Hackathon is an opportunity for developers to build software solutions that drive social impact, with the aim of tackling some of the challenges related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Innovators around the world are being invited to #BuildforCOVID19 using technologies of your choice across a range of suggested themes and challenge […]

African AI Platform To Host Hackathon For Regional Universities In March

On 21 March 2020, Zindi will host UmojaHack Africa, the first-ever pan-African inter-university machine learning hackathon. Student teams at universities across Africa will compete while honing their skills and developing machine learning solutions to complex real-world challenges. The winning teams in each of three different machine learning challenges will win cash and other prizes, as […]

CUT Student’s Win $1 Million At POTRAZ’s Hack 4 Sustainable Smart Cities Hackathon

Students from Chinhoyi University of Technology walked away with $15 000 for themselves and $1M for their university’s innovation hub after winning POTRAZ’s inaugural Hack4SmartSustainableCities. The team consisting of Christopher Chinyamakobvu, Gordon Muneka, and Elvin Kakomo developed an emergency response application that allows users to call for medical services after a car crash. The application […]

Apply For OpenParly’s Civic Tech Hackathons

Open Parly ZW will be conducting 4 Civic Tech Hackathons in Harare, Masvingo, Marondera & Mutare from Feb 8 – 29 September 2020. What is Civic Tech? Civic technology, or civic tech, enhance the relationship between the people and government with software for communications, decision-making, service delivery, and political process. It includes information and communications […]

First Local UNICEF Nutrition Hackathon A Success

Over 50 Zimbabwean adolescents and youth between 10-24 years took part in the Nutrition Hackathon hosted by UNICEF Zimbabwe, in partnership with Boost Fellowship and Ministry of Health and Childcare, to bring change to communities through digital technology. The Hackathon, a sprint-like coding event was conducted over 2 days to engage young people between 10-24 […]

UNICEF Zim To Host Nutritional Hackathon

UNICEF is partnering with Enactus Boost Fellowship to host what I’m sure is the first nutritional hackathon in the country. The hackathon to be hosted from the 2nd to the 4th of October -at Pandari Hotel- looks to address malnutrition problems through application of ICT. The Hackathon will commence with an intense session of training […]

NetOne & Elevate Trust Partner To Fund 75 Developers Registered For Google Africa Certification

A few weeks ago we wrote about Google’s African Certification scholarship program. The initiative is offering 30 000 scholarships and 1 000 grants for Google’s Associate Android Developer, Mobile Web Specialist and Associate Cloud Engineer certifications. Now NetOne is partnering with Elevate Trust to fund 75 local developers who register for the scholarship program. The lucky 75 will […]

If You’re Going To ZITF, The Innovators Forum Is A Must Attend

It’s that time of the year again, and next week from 23-27 the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair will be taking place. One of the events to look forward to for techies will definitely be the Innovators Forum. According to ZITF the innovators forum is an event dedicated to bringing young entrepreneurs together to highlight local […]

Zim Students Win Most Creative Idea Award At WSIS19 Forum In Geneva

The International Telecommunications Union HQ (Geneva) played host to the WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) 2019 Forum. As part of the 4 day summit, there was a hackathon on Hacking Solutions for Lifelong Learning and Livelihoods. The aim of this competition was to come up with innovative ideas that could go a long […]

Hackathons Aren’t Only For Coders.  

The portmanteau of “hackathon” simply breaks down into “hack” and “marathon.” Generally, it means an event involving computer programmers, software developments, interface designers, graphic designers, project managers or domain experts. The main aim is to create a usable functioning product for software or hardware solutions by the end of the event. A bunch of people […]

TelOne & DigiVAS To Host Hackathon

Tel-One will be hosting the Tel-One DigiVAS hackathon from the 15th of March 2019 to the 24th of March 2019. The Hackathon, a first for Tel-One will be available on the online hackathon platform The hackathon will be open to participants who are of legal age and capable of entering binding agreements (i.e. over […]

Zimnat Calls Upon Local Hubs, Developers, And Unis For Solutions To Improve Their Business

Zimnat is hosting an accelerator and the invitation is open to businesses/individuals who are interested. The challenge is open to developers, local hubs and universities as Zimnat is pushing to make products that are suited to this digital age. It’s interesting to see the players in the insurance space are waking up and trying to […]

HIT To Host Hackathon On The 3rd and 4th Of November

The Harare Institute of Technology is partnering with Velocity Health to bring the Hackathon Of The Year (that’s the actual name of the hackathon). The hackathon will be held at the Harare Institute of Technology’s Computer lab this coming weekend. Challenge So what are you going to be working on if you’re interested in this […]

BitHub Africa To Host Online Hackathon

The Black Blockchain Summit is hosting a Global Online Hackathon which will be hosted on the 9th – 10th of November. What’s the challenge? The aim of the hackathon is to “build solutions within the Global Black Community that address the Agenda items from the recently held Black Blockchain Summit.” What does this Agenda item […]

BitMari To Host Mbare Musika Hackathon Tommorow

Pycon Zimbabwe 2018 is underway and the Python convention will be running over the course of two days (today and tomorrow). Bitmari has partnered with the organisers and they will be hosting the “Mbare Musika Hackathon” tomorrow as part of the Pycon convention. The hackathon is being held in collaboration with the traders from Mbare […]

We Now Have More Details About The Divathon Being Hosted This November

Many organisations have been participating in “pad drives” to help ensure that sanitary pads are more accessible across the country. These are lofty goals but the biggest problem has been finding a solution to ensure that the sanitary pads are available, and delivered timely and on a consistent basis. Divathon is hosting a hackathon that […]

Zimnat And HIT Hosted A Hackathon. We Need More Of These!

Hackathons are not an entirely new thing but in 2018 that Hackathon’s are gaining ground in Zimbabwe. Zimnat came together with HIT to look for solutions that can be implemented in Zimnat‘s insurance business and even though we were not made aware of this hackathon we are still excited that these things are taking place. […]

Universities To Trade Blows At ICT Hackathon Later This Year

Hove Group Investments (HGI) is partnering with the Richard Chemist Hove Foundation and the Graduate Assistance Programme (GAP) to HGI Inter-University ICT Hackathon 2018. As the name implies, the hackathon will pit universities against each other. HGI? If you have never come across Hove Group Investments, the firm is an IT Business Solutions company (despite […]

Introducing Divathon: A Hackathon For Women

This post has been updated: We had mentioned that each team must have at least one female participant when in fact teams can be all-female or a max of one male per team is allowed.  Plans are underway to have a female centric hackathon in November (date to be announced) in Victoria Falls. Divathon is […]

[Video] The OneMoney Hackathon Awards Session Live

After 3 days of hard work we get to hear the ideas that made it to the top. This is the OneMoney Hackathon’s Last day The Winners Of The OneMoney Hackathon #OneMoneyHack @OneMoneyZw @NetOneCellular @TelOneZW — Techzim (@Techzim) July 15, 2018 Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): […]

HGI Web Developers and Designers Hackathon 2016

Image Credit Hove Group Investments (HGI) is a business solutions service provider that is focused on creating and implementing unique solutions in line with client requirements. HGI works with a variety of technology partners bringing a wealth of international experience to the local market. Our objective is to help customers integrate their ICT solutions […]

#MuzindaHackathon: the winning app

So the Muzinda Umuzi hub Hackathon is over and what a day it’s been! We learnt so much as usual, met some amazing new people (there are always new people to meet even in a small city like Harare!) and the hackathon ends with the promise of some interesting possibilities regarding tech startups in general. […]

The October 2013 #MuzindaHackathon: the apps that came out of it

We’re just finishing at the Muzinda Umuzi hackathon that’s been happening since yesterday evening here in Harare at the hub’s center. This is the first hackathon the new hub has hosted. The focus of the hackathon was education apps and there was no restriction on the type or platform of the app. We had the […]

What went on at RHoK Harare – Part 1 of 3

We’ve participated in a few hackathons the last couple of years. We’ve even been a winner in one of them. This year when we decided to host our own hackathon, we chose to do things a little different.

Event: Random Hacks of Kindness – hacking against corruption

Have 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?

Some pictures from yesterday’s AMH Hackathon in Harare

If you’re a hacker and live in Harare, yesterday was one of those days you wish you could have every other week; Some 20 plus hackers in one room, 7 hours of straight coding, a great coordinating team running the event and yes, some great food and drinks as well. What more could you ask […]

Feel like hacking away in Harare next week? Here’s an opportunity (Updated)

Alpha Media, one of Zimbabwe’s largest media houses has announced that it will be holding a hackathon for developers in Zimbabwe next week (26 July to be exact) at a venue to be advised. The event is expected to attract about 15 individuals or teams of developers to, for 12 hours, hack away and produce […]