Nairobi - Hack the Future - DigiEduHack 2021

Nairobi - Hack the Future


Co-create the future of learning and working together with us!

Join our DigiEduHack to connect with other educational professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs to co-create the future of education. Help us solve the challenge of bridging the skills gap for the future job market in Africa, turn your vision into reality and showcase your solutions on a European and global scale. Experts and mentors will support your team during the 24 hours in finding the best solutions to the challenges. The best teams can win €5000 in a global award contest.

Join us online on 09 Nov 2021
And team up to solve our challenge:

#47 / How Do We Develop a Skilled Workforce for the Future at Scale?

By the year 2030, there will be more than 1 billion youth in Africa looking for job opportunities. There is a need to skill this coming generation to be ready and relevant for the future job market and/or innovate to create new jobs. Join us today and be part of creating a solution for this future!

Who can join?


Teachers or educators


Education professionals



Any questions?

Check the most commonly asked questions in our FAQ. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, you can contact us!


All times indicated are in Africa/Nairobi timezone

Check out our schedule for the 24 hour DigiEduHack event. Join us for 2 days of learning, hacking, networking and loads of fun!

09 November 11:00

Global Opening Session

Global Opening Ceremony for DigiEduHack 2021

09 November 12:00

Local Chapter Opening Session

09 November 12:15

Challenge Presentation & Hackathon Guidelines

Introduction of the hackathon challenge and explanations on the ways of working. We will also make introductions of the mentors that will guide teams through the ideation and presentation stages of their solutions.

09 November 12:30

How to Collaborate Remotely

Walk through session led by Reuben Kihiu

09 November 13:00

Lunch Break

09 November 14:00

Design Thinking Workshop

Practical sprint from an expert on how to ideate and build solutions.

09 November 15:30

Closing Remarks and Q&A

09 November 16:00

Team Formations & Start of Hack

Teams get to make member selections and begin ideation of their solutions. Hack away!

10 November 11:00

Opening Session

10 November 11:15

Hacking with Mentoring Sessions

Chance for the teams to interact with the mentors and get feedback and guidance on their solutions and presentations

10 November 12:30

Fireside Chat : Conversations for the Future

A deep dive interaction to discuss how we see changes in Africa happening

10 November 14:00

Pitching Session

Time for the teams to present their solutions to the judges!

10 November 17:00

Solution Assessments & Winner Announcement

Time to know which the best solution was!

10 November 17:30

Closing Remarks


The top 3 teams with the best solutions will win lots of prizes from the host and our partners, in addition to competing in the final global DigiEduHack award contest where the 3 best solutions will recieve KShs 650,000 each!

Mentors & Jury

The DigiEduHack will be supported by these amazing mentors, panelists and judges!

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Victor Muthama

Lead Organizer

Head of University Relations, Zalego Academy


Reuben Kihiu


UX/UI Designer, Zalda


Gemma May


Senior Project Lead, inHive

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Kiko Muuo


CEO, Angaza Elimu


June Barasa


Product Manager, Elephant Ventures


George Mosomi


Director of Operations, Pngme


Somet Kipchilat


Senior Business Development Manager, Microsoft


Lisa Kimondo


Senior Programme Manager, African Management Institute


Linda Bonyo


CEO, Lawyers Hub


Fatma Hilali


Lead Android Developer, Zalego Academy


Monica Oyugi


Associate Marketing Manager, droidconke


Wayne Gakuo

Facilitator & Mentor

Frontend Developer, Cobiro


1. Preliminary statement



Welcome to DigiEduHack. This set of rules is a body of principles governing DigiEduHack as a whole.
Each DigiEduHack challenge might have additional and/or specific rules. In case of doubt, please ask your challenge owner/host. 


DigiEduHack is a hackathon that encourages collaboration, co-creation, and real-life change. Even if in the end three teams will be crowned as global winners, any solution uploaded on can potentially have an impact on digital education. This reflects the spirit of DigiEduHack: you take part in this hackathon because you and your team members want to take action and contribute to solving an actual challenge.


DigiEduHack is free, accessible, inclusive, and sustainable. Please keep in mind these values when entering and taking part in a DigiEduHack challenge. Participants are expected to behave according to these values.Do support other teams, respect the differences, encourage, help, and include others. Be fair. 
Do not shame, mock, attack, despise or hurt other participants. Be positive and remember to have fun: DigiEduHack is first and foremost a great experience where you are going to meet fantastic people, get new cool skills, grow your network.


Last but not least: in case of doubt, please contact either the owner of the challenge or the DigiEduHack central team


2. Rules


Prior to joining Digieduhack, you, as a participant, should pick a challenge. Most of the challenges have open recruitment; some challenges have conditional recruitment (be a student part of the challenge owner's institution for example). You can see the status of a challenge by checking its label on the "Challenges" page.


As a participant, you can only join/take part in one DigiEduHack challenge. You can join alone, or take part as a team. If you take part as a team, each team member should sign up for the challenge individually. The size of the teams is decided by each challenge owner. This size may vary from one challenge to another. The composition of a team is decided by the local challenge owners. Please refer to the documentation specific to the challenge you wish to join. In case of doubt, please contact the challenge owner.


As a participant, you are expected to take part in all/most of the activities organized by the challenge owner on 9-10 November 2021. Challenge owners can decide to make some or all activities mandatory, either before, during, or after their DigiEduHack event. Please refer to the planning of the challenge you joined for further info.


Your solution should be co-created and finalized during the DigiEduHack event you're taking part in. It's allowed to join with draft ideas, frameworks, ideas, and concepts. It's not allowed to join DigiEduHack with a ready-made and/or ready-to-be-rolled-out solution or to use a ready-made and/or ready-to-be-rolled-out solution as a base for your co-creation process: you cannot re-work an already existing solution during DigiEduHack. You can get inspiration from an existing solution but plagiarism, copy, and/or any other form of treachery or deception are totally forbidden. In case of a breach of at least one rule in this paragraph, the challenge owner/host will ultimately decide on the applicable sanction (see infra 2.8). You can use open source resources if you clearly attribute the sampled part(s) to their original creator(s) and if the sampled part(s) is a minor component of your solution.


DigiEduHack is a multilevel hackathon where each challenge owner chooses one winning solution and might choose one or several runner-ups. Each challenge owner has their own judging grid to assess submitted solutions: please contact your challenge owner for more details. All the winning solutions (NOT the runner-ups) enter the global competition where the DigiEduHack steering group chooses 10 to 12 finalists based on the criteria available here. These 10 to 12 finalist solutions are uploaded on a platform to be submitted to a public vote. The three solutions that gather the most votes are declared global winners.


At the end of the event you are taking part in, follow and respect your challenge owner's instructions on when to stop working on your solution and on where, how, and when your solution will be assessed: pay especially attention to mandatory pitching/demo sessions and upload requirements. You had no time to finish? No worries: notify it during your pitch/demo/upload in the description of your project.  All the solutions created during DigiEduHack 2021 should be uploaded on Solutions uploaded to are made public under the DigiEduHack intellectual property guidelines.


Only ONE team member should upload the team's solution on, and only ONE solution per team should be uploaded. A team can only upload a solution for a challenge they are registered for and actually took part in. Before starting the upload process, please check the solution upload guidelines. To upload your solution login, go to "upload your solution" and follow the steps.


Participants or teams can be disqualified and excluded from DigiEdUhack for breaking one of the aforementioned rules/preliminary statements. If a single participant in a team breaks a rule, the participant will be excluded from their team and from DigiEduHack. The rest of the team can keep taking part in DigiEduHack. If a team as a whole breaks a rule, they will be excluded from DigiEduHack. Each challenge owner decides in full discretion on exclusions for their own event. The DigiEduHack central team decides in full discretion on exclusions for the global competition. Exclusions are definitive. Solutions that break the rules described in 2.4 will be disqualified. If a winning solution is disqualified, the challenge owner will organize a second deliberation and announce a new winner. If a finalist solution or a global winning solution is disqualified, the Steering group as a whole or in a smaller quorum will assess a new finalist solution, and a new public vote will take place.






Frequently asked questions

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If you got immediate questions, then please contact one of the organisers


Zalego Academy is a Capacity Building Centre with a Main Focus on Creating Placement Opportunities.​ Vision​ - To foster an enabling breeding ground that will produce the best of the best software engineers who will innovate and aspire to be self-employed as we endeavor to reduce the rate of un-employment and poverty in East and Central Africa​. Mission - Offering skills that enable our graduates to lead productive lives and become contributing members of the global community.​ Building the Talent Pipeline to Power Africa’s Technology Industry.

Our Solutions



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Our challenge, your solutions
How Do We Develop a Skilled Workforce for the Future at Scale?
By the year 2030, there will be more than 1 billion youth in Africa looking for job opportunities. There is a need to skill this coming generation to be ready and relevant for the future job market and/or innovate to create new jobs. Join us today and be part of creating a solution for this future!

We are solving [unavailability of enough jobs in the market] by providing a [digital mobile system] that mentors, and facilitates users into creating their own Jobs, as well as connect Job seekers with potential job opportunities.

Learning through social media

Nearly 17 percent of internet users aged between 18 and 25 years spend over 20 hours a week watching videos online as of August 2020.This leads to little or no time used learning skills that can prepare them for the future.


Bridging the gap; to raise one's self esteem.

An AI Digital Human Model to convert speech to Sign-language and sign-language to speech in real-time.

DigiEduHack 2021 partners & supporters

DigiEduHack is an EIT initiative under the European Commission's Digital Education Action Plan, led by EIT Climate-KIC and coordinated by Aalto University. In 2021, the main stage event is hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in cooperation with the International Research Center on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) under the auspices of UNESCO.

EIT Climate-Kic

Aalto University

European commission

Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

International Research Center on Artificial Intelligence

EIT Community: Human Capital