Approved African Hackathon. AfricaHacks Member Event

AfricaHacks 2020

Global Innovation Competition

Largest Global Tech Innovation Competition for People of African descent

- Online Dec 5 - 11
- Demo day Dec 12, 2020

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Our process

  • October 24, 2020

    Apply to participate

    Submit your application in the AfricaHacks Application App or by clicking the "Apply" button. Enter your details & create a team.


  • November 15, 2020

    Get accepted

    Get acceptance email & log into your application to confirm you participation. Update team and goals and upload CV/Resume for opportunities.

  • November 15, 2020

    Form and update your team

    Find team members in the Start by AfricaHacks app. Working with your teamates, come up with an idea or pick one from the ideas board.

    Build a team

  • December 5, 2020

    Join Opening session

    Attend keynotes, tutorials and learn about the Hackathon process and tools o help you succeed.

  • December 11, 2020

    Submit your project

    Submit your project in the Submission system and include the github link.

  • December 12, 2020

    Learn, get swag and demo

    Meet virtually & listen to talks from speakers speaking from around the world. Be one of the teams to demo your project in expo-style setting to esteemed judges. Get your personalized AfricaHacks Goodie bag.

  • December 12, 2020

    Get prizes

    Get more swag. Prizes announced and given to winners.

  • After Event

    Build a Startup

    Join the AfricaHacks Incubation program and transform your idea into a Startup with support and resources from AfricaHacks and our partners

    See Startups

A different kind of Hackathon

We aim to get 50% women, create an inclusive Hackathon via our beginner category, and create a sustainable impact by working with top teams post-hackathon in the AfricaHacks Startup creation program.

Unlike other Hackathons, we follow up, match participants to companies and mentors and support the projects that come out of AfricaHacks Hackathon. Join us this year!`

We are the Largest Tech Innovation competition in the world for People of African descent.

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What is AfricaHacks 2020?
At AfricaHacks, African and youth of African descent of different skill levels come together and create unique software or hardware projects from scratch. We empower and enable teams to make something great by providing an abundance of resources like workshops, mentors, sponsors, challenges and prizes.

Who can participate?
Anyone of any education level from anywhere in Africa are eligible to apply for AfricaHacks!

How much does it cost to attend AfricaHacks?
Admission to AfricaHacks is completely free. We also provide food and some travel reimbursement!

How do I get to AfricaHacks?
Actual building and workshops happen remotely. Demo day will also be virtual

How many people can be on a team?
You can form teams of up to 4 people. There are no restrictions for who they can be, so you can team up with hackers from any school, country, or experience level. Teams can be formed before or during the event.

What if I'm new to programming?
That's okay! A hackathon is a great place to gain valuable experience. There will be tutorials, workshops and mentors to help throughout the event!

What if I've never been to a hackathon before?
AfricaHacks welcomes participants of all skill levels. We’ll have talks, mentors and workshops to help you with your project; hackathons can be a great place to learn new skills in a short amount of time. Just be eager to learn, and excited to meet lots of awesome people. Check out our Hacker Guide!

Can I start working on my hack before the event?
No. In the interest of fairness, participants should not be working on their projects before AfricaHacks begins and we do not allow participants to work on pre-existing projects. However, you can familiarize yourself with all the tools and technologies you intend to use beforehand!

When will applications for AfricaHacks 2020 open?
Applications for AfricaHacks opened in the next few weeks - follow us on social media to learn more!

What if I can't find a team?
Don't worry! The team formation session on the first day of AfricaHacks is a great place to find teammmates!

What can I win?
Over 30 Prizes worth over $500,000 will be won at AfricaHacks. Stay tunned for prize announcements!