Thursday, Aug 2 & 3, 2018


We believe that every engineer possesses amazing ideas and creativity. The #hackdays is a time for our engineers to stay up all night to create a working product or prototype from scratch. Remember - done is better than perfect!

Hackdays are open to all engineers at Andela irrespective of where they may be in the world. In order to facilitate increased collaboration, we will have three venues in the following offices.


Hackdays are a two-day event. Hacking will kick-off on Thursday August 2rd and conclude on Friday, August 3rd.


---- Team formation


14:00 pm Hacking starts
Pitch ideas and get feedback
16:00 pm Pizza break
23:00 pm Office closes for the night
All hacking will be remote


00:00 am Night owls!
Special prizes for 3.00 am-ers!
09:00 am Hacking continues
Normal working hours
14:00 pm Hacking ends; Submission closed
Judging commences
18:00 pm Demos & Closing Ceremony
** Time is in Eastern African Time.

APIs & Libraries

In order to challenge the team to built and explore new technologies, this Hackday will be focused on the Artificial Intelligence.

** Use any APIs & Libraries that gets the jobs done.


Will there be prizes?

Yes, there will be prizes at the hackathon. There will be a panel of judges to select the top hacks.

Who is eligible?

This hackday is open to Andela engineering employees. We will open this up in the future to the larger Andela community.

How can I apply to be a part of this?

You can show interest to participate using this form.

What size are team? What happens if I don’t have a team?

Team are a maximum of 4 people and a minimum of 2. You can form teams before the event or wait to be paired with others seeking team members.

What if I am remote? Can I form or be part of a team that is distributed?

Absolutely! Andela is distributed-first, so you are able to do. Idea for you, hack something that combines distributed + AI.

Will I be able to stay overnight?

No, but we've made arrangements for food and made other amenities available in the Nairobi, Lagos, and Kampala offices until 11:00 pm local time.

Are there any rules I should be aware of?

Please ensure to abide by the following rules if you're participating in the hackathon.

  • The solution built should at least apply one AI technology.
  • Team formation: hack in groups of between 2 - 4.
  • Teams must be confirmed at least 3 days before the hackathon.
  • Building should all begin at the same time for all the teams, so that we all have the fun together!.
  • When the bell rings, all the tools down! Judging begins.
How will submissions be judged?

The judging criteria will be based on the following:

  • Project Quality (Weight = 2) - The level of execution and perfection for the project/solution.
  • Solution Viability (Weight = 1) - Is the project solving a real problem effectively? Is it a solution people will want?
  • Application of AI (Weight = 3) - What is the depth of AI application? This will carry the largest weight since it’s the theme of the hack.
  • Popular Vote (Weight = 1) - this will be total number of votes received from the audience, calibrated in a scale of 0 - 5. Score = (votes / total votes) * 5.
Not an Andelan, but I want to get involved?

Unfortunately, these hackathons are internal but we will have many public hack events you will be able to attend.