Sunday, September 19, 2021

JOIN US FOR THE 2020
AFRICA HACKATHON
IN DAKAR, SENEGAL

November 19–21 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, DAKAR, SENEGAL

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SENEGAL is pleased to invite you to its 2020 Annual Hackathon in Dakar, Senegal.

We look forward to hundreds of our members from across the world coming together for this 3-day hackathon experience, taking place November 19 - 21, 2020 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar, Senegal.

This year's Hackathon is to build and demo generic and sophisticated bots using emerging technologies such as Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence.(AI)

STARTS ON:
Nov 19, 2020 08:00 AM

AT
RADISSON BLU HOTEL
DAKAR, SENEGAL

ENDS ON:
Nov 21, 2020 11:59 PM

Engineers, developers and designers with experience or interest in Chatbots, Machine Learning (ML) and/or Artificial Intelligence (AI) are all invited to attend.
If you are a student or have experience with robotics, programming and/or coding, please join us! Boys & Girls Clubs of Senegal is inviting all STEM education professionals to take part in this event.

Anyone can participate - individuals, teams and organizations.

Hackathon participation cap :150

Team size: 3-5 (Each team should have an English Speaker for the final presentation)

What's in it for you?

LEARNING AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Collaborate with like-minded developers, engineers and designers
  • Meet with Boys & Girls Clubs executives
  • Meet with Sponsors and Technology Industry leaders and maybe land a job
  • Explore Workshops/demo/prototypes
  • Get Hands-on experience
  • Knowledge sessions with Technology Industry Leaders & sponsors
  • Eat, drink and network

CASH PRIZES

First Prize

2500

SECOND PRIZE

2000

THIRD PRIZE

1500

All qualified hackathon participants receive
a Boys & Girls Cubs of Senegal-branded hackathon t-shirt and water bottle.

THEMES

MACHINE LEARNING (ML) AND/OR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) CHATBOT

Create generic chatbots for Boys & Girls Clubs of Senegal that enable faster collaboration, interaction and productivity. Examples include:

  • An interactive and monitoring chat bot that helps prospective and current donors visualize how the money they contribute is being utilized. That helps pull latest news, statistics, data lookup, supplements the shortcomings of  the website and answer the most common question for visitors and translates messages to the user’s native language.

EDUCATIONAL BOTS (Open Innovation)

We encourage creativity in developing amazing Education Chatbots that integrate with the higher education system in Senegal, West Africa. Examples are:

  • Teaching botsThat converse with students on a specific topic. Students can then learn that topic then take quizzes and submit their results to their respective teachers.
  • Student Feedback and Monitoring botsThat gather feedback  and up-to-date information from students about teachers, teaching methods and learning experience.
  • Anytime Assistance bots available 24/7That provide students with immediate assistance,  get their queries addressed and obtain the information they are looking for.

SPONSORS PROJECTS (TO BE ANNOUNCED)

EVENT AGENDA

DAY 1

  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM –  Opening Reception
  • 09:30 AM – Hackathon kickoff ​-Form Teams
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch  
  • 01:30 PM –  Hackathon 
  • 04:00 PM – Afternoon break – Snacks provided
  • 04:15 PM – Hackathon 
  • 08:30 PM – Dinner 

DAY 2

  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM – Hackathon
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch 
  • 01:30 PM – Hackathon
  • 4:00 PM – Afternoon break
  • 4:15 PM – Hackathon
  • 08:30 PM – Dinner

DAY 3

  • 8:00 AM – Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM – Hackathon
  • 12:30 PM – Submission Deadline 
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch 
  • 1:30 PM – Knowledge Sessions with Sponsors and Networking 
  • ​03:30 PM – Round 1 Pitching (5 min pitches)
  • ​06:00 PM – Announce Top 10 Teams
  • ​06:15 PM –  Round 2 Demo (10 min pitches)
  • 8:30 PM – Winner Announced
  • 8:45 PM – Boys & Girls Clubs of Senegal’s Gala/Dinner
  • 09:45 PM – Winners’ Awards  
  • 11:59 PM – End

JUDGES

(TO BE ANNOUNCED)

JUDGING CRITERIA

IMPACT

Team demonstrated technical skills in prototyping the project.
Prototype shows how effectively the solution will improve the education system in Senegal as well as add business value to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Senegal.

FUNCTIONALITY

Is it easy to understand?
Is it easy to use?
Project functionality, resources, and features are creative and present a new perspective.

DESIGN/INNOVATION

Team demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the project.
Project presented meet the requirements previously described.
Is it original?
Is it useful?

Registrations for the 2020 AFRICA HACKATHON are open.

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