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 are invited to .

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

Only applicable to data enthusiasts

Season 3 requirements
      (1) 18 to 35 years of age
      (2) Currently studying towards, or completed, a bachelor’s degree (Subjects: mathematics, statistics, computer science, finance, economics, data science or a related field).
      * Applications of applicants below the age of 18 who are confident in their abilities will be considered.
Closed Read more

Only applicable to emerging tech companies

Season 3 requirements
      (1) Must be a registered tech business
      (2) Must be an emerging company that is based in one of the DataHack4FI countries and has a tech solution in the market. The company must be keen to use data to make its products/services more inclusive
      (3) Must already have generated data that enables the development of new or improved products/services aimed at advancing financial and economic inclusion
Read more



Supporting partners

Innovation Hubs

Innovation Village

Financial sector deepening




Private Sector










South Africa

Cape Town/ Johannesburg





From insight2impact

24 Aug, 2018 by Insight2Impact

InvestXD: Putting women’s investment needs at the centre

InvestXD created a digital investment platform for women and youth.

Read More
Aug 28, 2018 by Insight2Impact

Using data to demystify savings groups’ black boxes

See how Datahack4FI team, Exuus, is digitising savings groups in Rwanda.

Read More
Aug 28, 2018 by Insight2Impact

Tips for aspiring data scientists

Ekow Duker shares some advice on building a career in data science with participants of i2i’s DataHack4FI Innovation Competition

Read More
26 Jul, 2018 by Insight2Impact

Inclusive: Identification that removes barriers to financial inclusion

DataHack4FI in-country winners from Ghana offer a multiple-database-verification API solution to identity verification.

Read More
Jul 26, 2018 by Insight2Impact

AgriGO: A farmer’s tool to grow greater financial harvest

DataHack4FI Rwanda winners, AgriGO, aims to tackle financial vulnerability of smallholder farmers.

Read More
Jul 26, 2018 by Insight2Impact

ZedCredit: Sentiment analysis in the design of womens savings solution

ZedCredit from Zambia provides access to savings, loans and a credit score via their mobile app.

Read More

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)