MobileHackAF – Africa’s 1st Mobile Applications Hackathon

Mobile applications are growing in emerging markets in Africa such as Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, but very few applications have emerged from countries in francophone Africa.

For this reason, the first-ever mobile applications hackathon in Africa is being organised by six technology labs in 4 countries within Francophone Africa.

The hackathon aims to identify communities of developers, their expertise and also their needs and bring together engineers, developers and enthusiasts to design simple applications that meet the needs of the African people.

MobileHackAF is scheduled for September 24th, 2011 and would bring together multiple developers in various cities of Africa, whereby each hub/community would host 3 – 5 teams of 2 to 3 developers for a 24-hour marathon of hacking.

At the end of this 24-hour hackathon, each team will present its application and the winning team would receive mobile devices from the organisers’ partners.

This event will take place simultaneously in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal) and Douala (Cameroon).

The technology labs involved are Akendewa (Côte d’Ivoire), Jokkolabs (Sénégal), Appstech (Cameroon), Act Dakar (Sénégal), Etri Labs (Bénin); and iHub Senegal (Sénégal).

Image: TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon NYC 2011 courtesy of tcdisrupt_tc-4, a photo by TechCrunch on Flickr.

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