iWeek 2015 Hackathon Launched: Cash Prizes, Credits, Tech Support Up For Grabs
Created by fosun on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 13:49
The iWeek 2015 hackathon at AITI-KACE will take place from 8th to the 12th of September, 2015, sponsored by Voto Mobile. All are invited to build innovative products that creates impact and improves processes. The hackathon competition will present two APIs for developers to create and innovate with, the VOTO Mobile API and the DreamOval Payment API.
How To Take Part To take part in the hackathon, click the form below to register and submit information about your team, project or product and which API you will be hacking with. After registration, follow the steps in the attached document for the API you will be building with to get started. A team will also reach out to you via email offering guidance and support. We advice you to start reading the API documentations first.
Registration is open from now till Thursday, the 11th of September at 12:00pm GMT.
Hackathon Duration The hackathon is a 4 day event, starting from Wednesday, the 9th of September, and ending on Saturday morning, the 12th. Developers/participants can build their products form home, participating virtually, or use the AITI venue to get support from developers on site.
Judging Judging will be held Saturday morning, the 12th. Participants will present their projects and ideas to the community and a panel of judges, and will be judged and awarded by combining and considering the following key functionalities and properties;
1. Social Impact - products that will create a positive impact and by including the voices of the under-heard and marginalised 2. Engineering Excellence - how completed and ready to use is the product? 3. Best Product - does the product have the following characteristics? great design, engineering, completion, usability and impact.
Note: the prize categories will be awarded out on a 1:3 ratio, which means, one category will be awarded per 3 participants. A maximum of 10 participating teams will be required in other to award all three categories.
Prizes We are excited about the prizes for this year's iWeek hackathon. The prizes will focus on helping winning projects get launched and continuing to innovate beyond the hackathon. The prizes include;
1. 1,500 in cash prizes 2. $200 VOTO Credit and FREE Subscription 1. Branded T-shirts and Souvenirs 2. FREE VOTO API Tech Support for a year
And many more to be confirmed.
Building with the VOTO Mobile API
Preparing for the event The first step is to create an account on the VOTO Mobile platform, at https://go.votomobile.org/register . (If you have a number of developers on your team, you can just create one account and then add multiple users to it.) Once you've created a VOTO account, or if you already have one, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the email address you used to create it, and we'll generate an API key unique to your account.
Once you've received your API key, you're ready to start developing. You can being experimenting with the VOTO API before the hackathon: check out the documentation at https://go.votomobile.org/apidoc/ and start building!
We're excited to see what each developer creates using the VOTO API - from voice integration with existing apps, to survey and messaging innovations, to incoming and outgoing SMS delivery, and call-in automatic services. From pizza ordering, to a health hotline, to crowd-sourcing galamsey monitoring – the sky is the limit!
Be sure to bring your laptop and your development gear - and your fresh ideas for never-before-seen voice apps! We'd also recommend bringing a headset with a microphone (or other recording device) to speed up creating audio for your app.
Developers who require incoming numbers for Voice calls, will be provided on for the duration of the hackathon.