As part of the 2015 eLearning Africa conference, a hackathon that will bring together education technology (edtech) entrepreneurs from across Africa has been organized.
Organized by the International Communications Worldwide Events (IWCE) in partnership with Ethiopian innovation hub, Iceaddis, African Union and GIZ, the aim of the challenge is to see if Africa’s tech entrepreneurs can design digital tools and gamified eLearning for sustainable changes in social systems.
The hackathon, themed: ‘Gamification for Social Good’ will be made up of committed professionals looking to develop new ways of learning and sharing. With a particular emphasis on the African context, the team will first identify key challenges and problem and the suitable learning methods, then create applications that involve gamification and serious games.
Areas of focus include – gamification and green technologies; gamification in education and (vocational) training; gamification for emergency and disaster management or agriculture; and immersive environments – virtual reality and augmented reality.
Slated to hold from May 17 – 20 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the hackathon will have 30 participants drawn from across Africa – Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Togo and Zimbabwe.
At the end of the hackathon, all teams will present their results to an international audience at the eLearning Africa conference, and the award winning team will be invited to visit Berlin, Germany, for OEB in December 2015 – the global, cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training.