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DataHack for Financial Inclusion Season 2

insight2impact’s DataHack for Financial Inclusion (DataHack4FI) is an African innovation competition that encourages finance, tech and data enthusiasts to collaborate in using data and analytics to solve business challenges and extend financial services to underserved communities.

Enter Season 2 of the competition if you from Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia and either:

- An existing fintech (or other tech company that collects data – e.g. agtech/edtech/health-tech business) or
- A data scientist (established or emerging)

Entries are open, and the finals will take place in Kigali in May 2018, where the winning solution will be awarded US$ 25,000!

View Season 1
DataHack4Fi Final Highlights - Rwanda

In-country competitions

There are six country-level competitions, and entrants must reside in one of these countries. The winning team in each country will be invited to pitch their solution at the 2018 DataHack4FI competition finals in Rwanda.

kenya
  • Ghana, Accra
  • Registration closed
kenya
Tanzania
Rwanda

Zambia
  • Zambia, Lusaka
  • Registration closed

Schedules and Finalists

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

Schedules and Finalists

Uganda, Kampala

Timeline

In Uganda, the timeline and activities are below. All in-person events will occur at Innovation Village. If you are not based in Kampala, we will skype you into sessions.

Datahack4FI, Uganda, Application deadline

Application deadline

January 26, 2018

Application deadline for data scientists

Datahack4FI, Uganda, Application deadline

Accepted data scientists

February 2, 2018

Accepted data scientists notified

Datahack4FI, Uganda, Application deadline

Meet-up 1

February 15, 2018

Pairing of the expert data scientists to the accepted fintechs

Datahack4FI, Uganda, Application deadline

Meet-up 2

March 8, 2018

Teams introduce themselves and share project idea

Datahack4FI, Uganda, Application deadline

Ugandan Finale

April 19, 2018

Fintechs share their developed solutions

Datahack4FI, Uganda, Application deadline

Grand Finale

May 8, 2018

Ugandan winner invited to day of sharing solutions and networking amongst i2i partners and other country finalists

Data scientists finalists

We are looking for expert data scientists to support and advise the fintechs on how to make better use of their data so that they can overcome the business challenges they are facing in serving low income customers. Applications could include; alternative data based credit scoring, data-driven customer segmentation etc.

Peter-Erskine

  • Peter Erskine

Vitalis-Asiku

  • Vitalis Asiku

Edward Kashegu

  • Edward Kashegu

Kenneth-Legesi

  • Kenneth Legesi

Steven Ntambi

  • Steven Ntambi

Musisi-Brian

  • Musisi Brian

Nelson-Mulera-Mugisha

  • Nelson Mulera Mugisha

Otim Samuel

  • Otim Samuel

Sophie Nanteza

  • Sophie Nanteza

Katto Dickson

  • Katto Dickson

Fintech finalists

MOQUID Moquid
True African True African
Ezeemoney Ezeemoney
Pegasus technologies Pegasus technologies
Mobicore Mobicore
Mambopay Mambopay
Mambopay NFT Consult
Akello banker Akello banker
Future Link Technologies Future Link Technologies
Sula Sula Pay

About Datahack4FI

The DataHack4FI is an annual innovation competition that promotes evidence-based decision-making for improved financial service provision to low-income individuals. The competition is targeting established fintech’s and pairs them with expert data scientists to unlock the potential of the fintech’s internal data. Fintech’s accepted to the competition receive specialised support from their paired expert data scientist to address business and data challenges they are currently facing in efficiently serving underserved customers.

Season 1 focused on supporting entrepreneurs in brainstorming and developing new solutions for expanding access to financial services in the low-income space and ran from October 2016 to May 2017. The initiative took place in seven countries (Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia) and involved over 200 participants, from 58 different teams.

Who is behind it?

There are three partners behind the DataHack4FI competition in Uganda; insight2impact (i2i), Financial Sector Deepening Uganda (FSDU) and Innovation Village. i2i is a five-year program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the MasterCard Foundation with the aim of unleashing the power of data for financial inclusion. FSDU is a non-profit funded by DFID seeking to develop a more inclusive financial sector with a focus on low-income individuals and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Innovation Village is innovation hub in Kampala promoting new technologies, businesses, products, services and start-ups in Africa.

What do we aim to achieve?

The objectives for the DataHack4FI can be summarised as follows:

- To develop data solutions in financial service provision that benefit the unserved and underserved
- To strengthen the data science and innovation abilities of individuals within the fintech
- To convene innovation hubs, fintechs, expert data scientists and other development partners to build ecosystems that further stimulate and support the use of data for financial inclusion

Partners

The DataHack4FI competition is an insight2impact (i2i) initiative, i2i is a five-year program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the MasterCard Foundation with the aim of unleashing the power of data for financial inclusion.

Innovation_village Innovation village
FSDU FSDU
UKAID UKAID
Pegasus technologies Liquid telecom

Schedules and Finalists

Ghana, Accra

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Day 03 full schedule

June 28, 2017 @ 09 - 11 am

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Day 04 full schedule

June 29, 2017 @ 09 - 11 am

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Frequently asked questions

Competition format

Q.How does DataHack4FI differ from other competitions?

There is no traditional hackathon planned for a specific day or weekend. Teams will contribute their own data and will have a few months to work with a data fellow and explore how that data can be used to develop a new product/solution that has a financial inclusion element.

Q.How does Season 2 differ from the Season 1 competition?

DataHack4FI Season 2 won’t follow a traditional hackathon format. Instead of informal teams being presented with the same set of data to analyse, this year we are encouraging existing tech companies to take a fresh look at the data they are already collecting by partnering with a data science fellow (a young data enthusiast). We believe that through analysis of this data it may be possible to develop new solutions to address the financial needs of low-income communities (particularly women and youth).

Q.When does the competition start and end?

The grand finals will be held in May 2018 but the launch date, deadline for entry and in-country competition finals differ for each country. Please check your country page for these details.

Q.When (and where) are the meet-ups?

Meet-ups will be held on different dates in each of the six countries. Once you have signed up to participate, the innovation hub partner in each country will be in touch with you about these and generally, the meet-ups will be held at their offices. There will be three webinars that are open to everybody. You will get an email inviting you to join the webinar.

Q.What are the judging criteria?

Solutions will be scored on a number of factors, including whether it:

  • Addresses financial inclusion challenges in Africa
  • Demonstrates how data and analytics were used
  • Shows how customers would benefit from using it
  • Has been developed in a way that enabled capacity building for young people involved in the process
  • Ideally benefits women and/or youth (this is not mandatory)



  • Eligibility and entry requirements


    Q.How do I know whether I am eligible to enter?

    Each application to enter will be individually assessed. We are looking for the following:

    Tech innovators
    Existing companies that have already launched a product, have customers and are collecting data. The companies should either have an employee/team member that is capable of doing data analysis or they should be willing to work with a data scientist fellow. The company should have an interest in exploring solutions related to financial inclusion. For other criteria, see the questions asked during the registration process.

    Data science fellows
    These data enthusiasts should either have a relevant qualification (e.g. programming, statistics, maths, etc) or some experience in data analytics or data science. The fellows will be mentored by more experienced data scientists. Applicants should be willing to partner with a tech innovator for the duration of the competition to analyse its data and develop a solution.

    Q.How many people can participate in a team?

    As we are working with existing tech companies, the company can include as many of its staff members (or founding members) as it requires.

    Q.If I don’t have a team can I enter by myself?

    Yes, if you have an existing tech company that has already launched a product and has customers or users of the product.

    Q.When is the deadline for entry?

    The date will be confirmed soon. Please check your country’s Meetup link for more information.

    Q.My country isn’t listed, can I enter?

    As the competition runs over a number of months, requiring numerous in-person meet-ups, we are only able to accommodate entries from these six countries at the moment. You are welcome to send an email to nicola@i2ifacility.org, letting us know why you think your country should be included next time.

    Q.I have an idea for a product but haven’t launched it yet, can I enter?

    No, unfortunately we are looking for registered companies that are already collecting data.


    Data requirements and data sharing


    Q.Do I need to share my data with everyone?

    If you are using the data collected by your tech company, that data itself will only be shared with the data fellow (and possibly a data scientist who is mentoring the fellow). You can ask them to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). When you are pitching your solution, you will present the use case and possibly some examples, but don’t need to share the raw data.

    Q.How do I know if my tech company has enough data?

    It is difficult to offer a number/fixed volume, but you need to have enough data to enable the data fellow to draw meaningful insights into a particular community/group of people.

    Q.What kind of data is applicable?

    Any data that you are collecting and are able to use to gain insights about low-income consumers and the products or services that would be beneficial to them.

    Q.My data isn’t related to financial services, how can it be used to improve financial inclusion?

    If you are collecting information on the demographics, behaviour or consumption patterns of people who are typically underserved by the financial sector (e.g. those living in rural areas, youth, women, self-employed or informally employed) it is possible that information could be valuable in enabling financial service providers better understand the challenges people face or the products that would appeal to them.

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