DataHack4FI Finale

Data Fest 2019

22 and 23 August 2019

Intare Conference Arena, Kigali, Rwanda

Join us in Kigali, Rwanda, for the finale of the DataHack4FI Innovation Competition. Our data fest on 22 and 23 August 2019 will be an opportunity to connect with data enthusiasts and emerging tech entrepreneurs from across Africa.

See the winning teams from the DataHack4FI countries pitch for the grand prize, test your skills in a data competition and listen to engaging speakers. Entrance to the fest is free but participants will need to pay their own travel and accommodation costs.

, we can’t wait to meet you! If you are willing to sponsor someone to attend the event in Kigali please let us know.

Here are some places offering accommodation close to the venue.

Data Enthusiast Training: Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science

DataHack4FI Season 3 presented data enthusiasts with the opportunity to improve their knowledge/skills and achieve an accredited data science qualification by enrolling in the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science. The following candidates have successfully completed the 10 prerequisite course modules (before the 7th March 2019 deadline), meeting the requirements to enrol in the CAPSTONE project where they will apply their skills to a practical case study.

Data enthusiasts who successfully complete the CAPSTONE project will be awarded the official Microsoft certification. The top performing candidates from each country will then be paired with an emerging technology company to collaborate in the design of innovative products/services that advance financial or economic inclusion.

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Shadrick Simumba Zambia
Linus Ossai-Chidi Nigeria
Sowole Oladimeji Samuel Nigeria
KIPNGENO KIRUI Kenya
Raheem Nasirudeen Adeleye Nigeria
Adebiyi Adeyinka Emmanuel Nigeria
Raheem Ridwan Lekan Nigeria
Kapya Sakala Zambia
Daniella Amba Mkpandiok Nigeria
Confidence Oriazowan Nigeria
Rockefeller Cameroon
HAMMED BUSIRAH OLAITAN Nigeria
John Bagiliko Ghana
RACHEAL ARKORFUL Ghana
Ssozi Uthman Uganda
Deborah Monijesuloluwa Agboola Nigeria
Temitope Mariam Atoyebi Nigeria
OGUNDEPO, Ezekiel Adebayo Nigeria
Dalmas Otieno Uganda
Emmanuel Arize Ghana
Joshua Zau Chipile Zambia
Ayobami Marcus Olasupo Nigeria
Peter Kahenya Kenya
BAMIGBADE OPEYEMI ADEWALE Nigeria
OgwedaHaruna Nigeria
Peter Mburu Kimani Kenya
OYELEKE OLAYEMI Nigeria
Joseph Kachiliko Zambia
Elvis Ilunga South Africa
Lars Albino Lemos Mozambique
Adedeji Victor Tobiloba Nigeria
Jean Désiré Habiyambere Rwanda
Francis Anokye Ghana
Ian Kalanda Uganda
Ijeoma Irene Agbugba Nigeria
Kehinde Richard Ogunyale Nigeria
ISHAYA JEREMIAH AYOCK Nigeria
Izuchukwu Stanley Uchegbu Nigeria
Benard Charles Ndege Uganda
Oluwatosin Abigail Ojo Nigeria
Ahmed Meshref Rwanda
Gabriel Mutua Ndunda Kenya
Stephen Nderitu Wangui Kenya
Olayinka Fadahunsi Nigeria
Oduneye Adekunle Kolawole David Nigeria
Kazeem, Hakeem Damilola Nigeria
Chinemerem Cyril Iheanacho Nigeria
Seun Ore Nigeria
Grace Ibukunoluwa Ufeoshi Nigeria
Oderinde Taiwo Emmanuel Nigeria
Eugene Asiedu Ghana
Tamuka Chikanyairo Zimbabwe
Iwashokun Opeoluwa Nigeria
Helena Charles Mwangila Rwanda
Abubakar Adamu Abba Nigeria
MUHAMMAD ABIODUN SULAIMAN Nigeria
AbdulHameed Olayanju RAJI Nigeria
Soro Kolotioloma Rwanda
Gideon Nashoni Zambia
Samuel Oriaku Ghana
PERRY APPIAH-KUBI Ghana
Nelda Limilimi Uganda
Oshingbesan Adebayo Nigeria
Justice Daberechi Agbadu Nigeria
Nwaogaraku N Miriam Nigeria
Adegbiji Abdulquadri Olanrewaju Nigeria
Faisal Olanipekun Nigeria
Kehinde Oderinde Nigeria
Joshua Kobina Obeng Ghana
Abdurrahman Omar Memee South Africa
Jackson Taiwo Queen Nigeria
David Sotunbo Nigeria
Oluwatoyin Oluwatobi Nigeria
AYINLA Lukmon Olawale Nigeria
Sinethemba Makoma South Africa
Maureen Oamen Nigeria
Yusuf Yusuf Oluwatoki Nigeria
Abdullahi Adinoyi Ibrahim Nigeria
Okegbemi Lawrence Boluwatife Nigeria
akanji david olubukola Nigeria
Edward Brian Wendo Kenya
Mwesigwa Enock Uganda
Olivier Nshimiyimana Rwanda
Moses Adamu Nigeria
Eric Kimwatan Kenya
Eniola Olaleye Nigeria
Kingsley Michael Nigeria
Solomon Igori Nigeria
Philemon Aidoo Ghana
Fabiyi Opeyemi Matthew Nigeria
BLESSING ADETOYE ADESIJI Nigeria
Aaron Simumba Zambia
Suleman Mahmoud Junior Ghana
Salami Suleiman Ghana
Katto Dickson Uganda
Ashabe Grace Nyakwezi Kiremire Uganda
Adamou Boubacar Amadou Rwanda
Ruth Waithera Kenya
Peter Mugenyi Uganda
Wilson Busaka Ghana
Sipho Muyangana Zambia
Adeniyi Gbadebo Nigeria
Ologunowa Samuel Nigeria
Oludoyi Mayowa Olumide Nigeria
Dare Sunday Nigeria
Shakirah Nakalungi Uganda
DEBORAH DORMAH KANUBALA Ghana
Olagoke Ibrahim Adekunle Nigeria
Ajayi Olabode Oluwaseun South Africa
Duncan Nkhata Zambia
John Ongala Lunalo Kenya
Olaniyi Olufunsho Joseph Nigeria
Olokun Ademola Kunmi Nigeria
Habeebullah Manack South Africa
Okello Mark Uganda
Terrence Shalang South Africa
Aibaki Tembo South Africa
Didi Kashemwa Kenya
Oluwabunmi Balogun Nigeria
Derwin Ngomane South Africa
Rising Odegua Nigeria
Kakande Arthur Ssembajjwe Uganda
Innocent Munyaradzi Mpasi Zimbabwe
Cynthia Thinwa Kenya
Ampaire Collins Uganda
Ssali Stephen Brian Uganda
Kwasi Amankwah Awuah Ghana
Timothy Mayor Nigeria
Clement Kangombe Zambia
TOBI KAZEEM Nigeria
Fiyin Oyelami Nigeria
Frederick Emile Bondzie-Arthur Ghana
EDWARD OLAYEMI Nigeria
Matthew Wolf South Africa
Andoniaina ANDRIAMALALA Madagascar
MASANTA CHILOSHA Zambia
MOJEED DAMILOLA ABISIGA Nigeria
Nwachukwu Chijioke Shedrack Nigeria
Abikale Michael Raymond Nigeria
Mathews Chiza Nyirongo Zambia
Dalitso Jeke Zambia
Irénée IKIBARUTA Rwanda
Basil Owiti Okola Kenya
Ehiaghe Aigiomawu Nigeria
Kalengo Phiri Zambia
Adefemi Afuwape Nigeria
Olayiwola Arowolo Nigeria
Robert Sagoe Sarfo Ghana
Blessing Magabane South Africa
Ogundare Taiwo Oladipupo Nigeria
Charles Mungai Kanini Kenya
David Ngandwe Zambia
steven ndung'u Kenya
Ibrahim Abdulmalik Nigeria
Eddie Musabula Zambia
Mark Musisha Zambia
Obumneme Stanley Dukor Nigeria
Gbenga Oyedele Nigeria
NZABONIMANA Shaphan Rwanda
Emmanuel Lwele Jr Zambia
Bakare Oluwayemisi Oluwatosin Nigeria
Olajide Abdulrazzaq Folarin Nigeria
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DataHack4FI Season 3

The DataHack4FI Innovation Competition promotes the use of data and data analytics to solve challenges experienced by individuals or communities. The competition encourages Pan-African collaboration by creating opportunities for data enthusiasts and emerging tech companies to partner in developing solutions that address local financial and economic inclusion-related
challenges. A clear but succinct description of the financial and economic inclusion-related business challenge an emerging tech company is intending to address. The business challenge should outline; what the problem is, who the problem affects, where the problem is occurring, when the problem occurs and why it is essential to solve.


Building on the previous seasons of the competition, Season 3 of DataHack4FI, serves as a platform for each participating team to showcase the
solution A service or product that addresses a financial and economic inclusion-related business challenge. DataHack4FI Season 3 solutions must represent a newly developed product/service or an enhancement of existing offerings.
they develop to potential investors, partners and clients (while vying for the overall cash prize). Data enthusiasts and emerging tech companies from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia can apply.


Competition format

Participating tech companies will be paired with a data enthusiast and these teams will have access to mentorship from data science and business experts during the competition. Teams will need to engage with relevant data to design innovative products/services, which will be judged during the in-country finals.

The most promising teams will progress to the second stage of the competition, where they will showcase their prototype solutions to the judges at the Grand Finale.

The overall DataHack4FI Season 3 winner will be selected based on:

  • Engagement with data science in solution design
  • Viability of the business
  • Potential impact in terms of financial and economic inclusion


DataHack4FI prizes

  • In-country winners each receive US$ 5,000 in seed capital
  • In-country winners + runners-up are sponsored to attend Grand Finale
  • Grand Finale winning team receives US$ 25,000 in seed capital
  • Certificate of participation awarded to paired data enthusiasts
Applications are now closed

Country finals

View the lists of finalists for both data scientists and fintechs for your country. Select your country on the left panel.

Akiba Digital is aimed at helping young people manage their personal finances better by providing them an AI powered digital money buddy to help them reach their financial goals and provide them with financial literacy.

Website: www.akibadigital.com

Botlhale AI is a start-up based in Cape Town, South Africa. We provide cross industry AI solutions which are business specific. We use Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning research to solve business problems in an effective way. We offer Solutions in Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision and Data Analytics.

Website: www.botlhale.com

IT Solutions company offering digital media marketing services such as Web, App, 3D animation and game development. We provide both print and digital brand and product communication for small to medium enterprises. These services extend to brand and product analytics.

Website: www.digitalstriker.co.za

Inclusivity Solutions works with mobile operators, insurance companies and other distribution partners to deliver digital insurance solutions that meet the needs of emerging consumers. We use digital channels, such as mobile phones, to improve outreach and delivery. We provide complete solutions including strategy, product and process design, implementation support, and technology platforms to not only introduce and grow digital insurance, but also to build sustainable inclusive insurance markets.

Website: www.inclusivitysolutions.com

Our flagship platform, Fintrak is the only end to end Digiting Property Financing software to improve credit worthiness, financial literacy and cheaper and easier access to housing finance for millions of Africans to contribute in solving a basic human right for dignified shelter. Currently, Fintrak is integrated with a bank switch linked with all major banks in South Africa.

Website: www.moneyac.co.za

ORU SOCIAL is a multi-purpose social network platform tailored for small businesses, with great professional appeal. It allows users to make new connections, share videos, updates, advertise on the platform, create groups, have on-line conferencing sessions, access to presentations and videos and incorporation of other sites such as YouTube, Soundcloud or any other content. The platform is also available on Google Play and iTunes.

Website: www.orusocial.com

Prim-U is a web-enabled platform, available on demand 24x7 via website and app, that connects customers with providers of beauty and wellness services, by allowing service providers to use the platform to promote their services and products, partner with corporates and connect with other service providers, and for customers to search and book local service providers anywhere, anytime.

Website: www.prim-u.com

School Bus App provides parents that depend on private school transport providers to get their children from home to school. The App notifies the parent when the school transport is close to house allowing the child to be at the pick-up point right on time. The parents also get notifications when the pick-up and drop-off of the child is completed. Parents know where their child is at all times.

Website: www.schoolbusapp.co.za

CHIPS is a revolutionary low cost, all-in-one, comprehensive financial solution that focuses on the protection and enhancement of savings while at the same time providing convenient and easy transacting capability – for both businesses and individuals alike. Unlike alternate services available, CHIPS users do not need a bank account. This means it is an inclusive, affordable solution that is accessible to all South Africans as it empowers users to transact and save. It bridges the current socio-economic gap in South Africa for those who do not have access to or cannot afford traditional financial offerings and those that are looking for alternative ways to use their money for everyday needs.

Website: www.chips-ewallet.com

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Participant Feedback

DataHack4FI forced us to actively engage with savings groups. We had made a number of assumptions that were not aligned with their needs, but demand side data allowed us to design a better solution"

ZedCredit - Zambian Fintech (Season 2)




The competition has pushed me to continually develop my data science skills and has inspired me to pursue a career in data science"

Khadija Mahanga - BizfundiTanzanian Data fellow (Season 2)




The balance and engagement of the data fellow and data expert was perfect—both were equally valuable to the process"

WazInsure Kenyan Fintech (Season 2)