Menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is HackforGood?

3D Africa’s HackforGood is an innovation accelerator for students, entrepreneurs and creatives. In this unique community, youth connect with other businesses and academic institutions to prototype products that accelerate growth, product innovation and job creation while delivering meaningful partnerships and global impact.

HackforGood2018

HackforGood2018 will bring together 50 incredibly talented women and men from universities and communities across Nigeria to innovate for good. Participants will have access to digital manufacturing tools and training. Working in teams, they will propose and build technology products that address real needs in their communities.

Deadline to apply is Monday, June 25, 2018.

Want to be inspired even more? Check out some of the exciting things that happened during HackforGood2017

Theme

The theme this year is “Connect, Collaborate, Create for Good.” With your innovative mindset, you will have the opportunity to come up with the world’s most innovative solutions that will bring us closer to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

Automation is inevitable. By 2050 as many as 47% of jobs will be automated, including yours. As innovations in artificial intelligence, robotics, and other technology bring us virtual assistants, wearable health technology, autonomous vehicles, and more, many industries are transforming rapidly. While these new technologies have brought unimaginable benefits, they also are disrupting many industries and changing the way we work.

Participants will be asked to use digital technologies in creative, innovative ways to benefit people and the environment with a view to offering solutions in a range of fields including health, agriculture and security.

The goal of this challenge is to create mock-ups or prototypes of products, services and ideas that are able to generate social and economic value for the community by hacking common objects and using open data, public APIs, frameworks for fast prototyping and software development, micro-controllers, sensors, and 3D Printers.

 

 

HackforGood2018 is currently open to students, entrepreneurs and creatives in Nigeria. We anticipate we will expand to other countries in the near future, so be sure to join our mailing list so that you are in the know! Follow #HackforGood2018 on Twitter during this year’s hackathon, August 2-4, 2018.

Deadline to apply is Monday, June 25, 2018.

Check out our amazing student ambassadors and 3D Africa interns learning with our team this year.

Date and Time

Here is the preliminary agenda. Check back for an update on our lightning talk and guest speakers soon.

Wednesday, August 1: Travel Day
Time Activity
8:00 am – 9:00 pm • Arrival and accreditation of hackers
5:00 – 7:00 pm • Dinner

 

Day 1: Thursday, August 2: Kick-Off
Time Activity
9:00 – 10:00 am • Welcome and opening of #HackforGood2018
10:00 – 10:15 am • Coffee/tea/break
10:15 am – 12:00 noon • Pre-hack prep

• Background of 3D Africa team, Student Ambassadors, and mentors

12:00 noon – 12:10 pm • House rules
12:10 – 12:45 pm • Kickoff

• Team formation and bonding

12:45 – 1:00 pm • Lightning Talk: Speaker Will Be Announced Soon
1:00 – 2:00 pm • Hacking: Kick Off!
2:00 – 2:30 pm • Lunch
2:30 – 6:00 pm • Hacking
6:00 – 6:30 pm • Coffee/tea/break
6:30 – 6:45 pm • Lightening Talk: Lightning Talk: Speaker will be announced soon.
6:45 – 8:30 pm • Hacking
8:30 – 9:00 pm • Dinner
9:00 pm • Hacking closes for Day 1

 

Day 2: Friday, August 3—“Hack ‘til ya drop!”
Time Activity
7:00 am • Arrival of hackers
7:00 am – 7:30 am • Breakfast
7:30 – 11:00 am • Hacking begins
11:00 – 11:30 am • Coffee/tea/break
11:30 – 11:45 am Lightning Talk: Speaker will be announced soon.
11:45 am – 2:00 pm • Hacking
2:00 – 2:30 pm • Lunch
2:30 – 3:00 pm • Hacking
3:30 – 3:45 pm • Lightning Talk: Speaker will be announced soon.
3:45 – 6:00 pm • Hacking
6:00 – 6:30 pm • Coffee/tea/break
6:30 – 8:30 pm • Hacking
8:30 – 9:00 pm • Dinner
9:00 pm • Hacking closes for Day 2

 

Day 3: Saturday, August 4
Time Activity
7:00 am • Arrival of hackers
7:00 – 7:30 am • Breakfast
7:30 – 10:20 am • Hacking begins
10:20 – 10:50 am • Coffee/tea/break
10:50 am – 1:00 pm • Hacking
1:00 – 2:00 pm • Pitch practice
2:00 – 2:30 pm • Lunch
2:30 – 3:30 pm • Wrap-up/testing
3:30 – 4:30 pm • Pitches delivered to judges
4:30 – 4:50 pm Guest Speaker: Speaker will be announced soon.
4:50- 5:10 pm Guest Speaker: Speaker will be announced soon.
5:10 – 5:20 pm • Closing

• Acknowledgement of partners

5:20 – 5:40 pm • The Judges’ Decision and Announcement of Winners!
5:40 – 7:00 pm • #HackforGood2018 Celebration
7:00 pm • Return to hotel

 

 

Wednesday, August 1: Travel Day
Time Activity
8:00 am – 9:00 pm • Arrival and accreditation of hackers
5:00 – 7:00 pm • Dinner

 

Day 1: Thursday, August 2: Kick-Off
Time Activity
9:00 – 10:00 am • Welcome and opening of #HackforGood2018
10:00 – 10:15 am • Coffee/tea/break
10:15 am – 12:00 noon • Pre-hack prep

• Background of 3D Africa team, Student Ambassadors, and mentors

12:00 noon – 12:10 pm • House rules
12:10 – 12:45 pm • Kickoff

• Team formation and bonding

12:45 – 1:00 pm • Lightning Talk: Speaker Will Be Announced Soon
1:00 – 2:00 pm • Hacking: Kick Off!
2:00 – 2:30 pm • Lunch
2:30 – 6:00 pm • Hacking
6:00 – 6:30 pm • Coffee/tea/break
6:30 – 6:45 pm • Lightening Talk: Lightning Talk: Speaker will be announced soon.
6:45 – 8:30 pm • Hacking
8:30 – 9:00 pm • Dinner
9:00 pm • Hacking closes for Day 1

 

Day 2: Friday, August 3—“Hack ‘til ya drop!”
Time Activity
7:00 am • Arrival of hackers
7:00 am – 7:30 am • Breakfast
7:30 – 11:00 am • Hacking begins
11:00 – 11:30 am • Coffee/tea/break
11:30 – 11:45 am Lightning Talk: Speaker will be announced soon.
11:45 am – 2:00 pm • Hacking
2:00 – 2:30 pm • Lunch
2:30 – 3:00 pm • Hacking
3:30 – 3:45 pm • Lightning Talk: Speaker will be announced soon.
3:45 – 6:00 pm • Hacking
6:00 – 6:30 pm • Coffee/tea/break
6:30 – 8:30 pm • Hacking
8:30 – 9:00 pm • Dinner
9:00 pm • Hacking closes for Day 2

 

Day 3: Saturday, August 4
Time Activity
7:00 am • Arrival of hackers
7:00 – 7:30 am • Breakfast
7:30 – 10:20 am • Hacking begins
10:20 – 10:50 am • Coffee/tea/break
10:50 am – 1:00 pm • Hacking
1:00 – 2:00 pm • Pitch practice
2:00 – 2:30 pm • Lunch
2:30 – 3:30 pm • Wrap-up/testing
3:30 – 4:30 pm • Pitches delivered to judges
4:30 – 4:50 pm Guest Speaker: Speaker will be announced soon.
4:50- 5:10 pm Guest Speaker: Speaker will be announced soon.
5:10 – 5:20 pm • Closing

• Acknowledgement of partners

5:20 – 5:40 pm • The Judges’ Decision and Announcement of Winners!
5:40 – 7:00 pm • #HackforGood2018 Celebration
7:00 pm • Return to hotel

 

FAQ

How Does It Work?
Over a 24 hour period, you’ll work in a team of 3-5 hackers to make anything your heart desires!. We will provide you with a bunch of prototyping resources. At the end of day 3, we’ll have a judging period to choose the winners of 3D Africa HackforGood.
Who Can Attend?
All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. You simply have to apply and be accepted into the program. We are also looking for volunteers to participate over the course of 3 days. If you’d like to volunteer, email us to get involved.
I Have Never Participated in a Hackathon. Can I Still Apply?
Ofcourse! We love newbies. We encourage makers and innovators of all levels to come and build and learn!. There will be mentors on site and we will be sure to help you out as much as we can by providing our instructors as well as MOOCs to help you navigate.
How Much Does It Cost?
There is no cost to participate. We will provide you with food and drinks and of course a plethora of materials and tools to hack with. Just come on and let’s make something together.
Are you providing travel reimbursements?
We have a limited number of travel subsidies available for individuals facing difficult circumstances and cannot fund his or her own transportation to the venue. If you believe you fall in this category, please send us an email explaining your circumstance and why you should be considered.
How Do I Apply?
To apply, click on the “Apply Now” link on the website. Admission is on a rolling-basis and once you are notified that you have been accepted you have one week to accept your spot.
What Hardware Will be Available?
There will be 3D Printers, laser cutters, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s and other gadgets. If there is something you want to see, feel free to send us an email and we will see what we can make happen!
What Should I Bring?
You will need your student ID or ID card to register and we recommend you bring a laptop for hacking.
What Size Should Teams Be?
Teams will be groups of 3 to 5 people. You will have an opportunity to form a team on the first evening when you have had the chance to meet other participants.
What Should I Make?
Whatever you want provided the product solution addresses a real need in your community and context. We prefer you come with an open mind, and ask that you do not start building or coding anything before the event actually starts. Whatever you choose to make, it will be your responsibility to sell your invention to the judges.
How Does Judging Work?
Our judges will base their evaluations on three criteria: user interface (functionality), real world potential (creativity) and execution (awesomeness)! All teams will be invited to present their inventions at the end of the hackathon and prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place winners.
Other Questions?
Do you have a question that was not listed? Send us an email. We’d be delighted to help answer any of your questions.

 

Rules

Intellectual property rights
All submissions to 3D Africa HackforGood remain the intellectual property of the individuals or organizations that developed them. By registering, consenting to the terms of the Hackathon, and entering a Submission, however, the Participant agrees that the organizers and technology partners reserve an irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use, distribute to the public, and publicly display and perform a Submission for a period of one year starting on the date of the announcement of contest winners as an example of work. We require participants to open source their projects to both share their hacks with the greater community and promote innovation in this space.

Protection of intellectual property
By submitting a 3D Africa HackforGood Entry or accepting any prize, you represent and warrant the following: (a) you will not submit content that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the content and to grant 3D Africa HackforGood all of the rights granted herein; (b) you will not publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage 3D Africa HackforGood , Sponsors, or any third party; (c) you will not submit content that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate or destructive to 3D Africa HackforGood ’s or Sponsors’ brand image or goodwill; (d) you will not post advertisements or solicitations of business; (e) 3D Africa HackforGood will not be obligated to pay any compensation to, or permit any participation by, any third party in connection with the use, reproduction, modification, publication, display or other exploitation of any of the content that you submit; and (f) the content submitted by you does not contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms or other disabling devices or harmful code.
By posting or submitting a 3D Africa HackforGood Entry to the Contest (regardless of the form or medium of such content), you hereby grant 3D Africa HackforGood , Sponsors, their respective affiliates, and their affiliates’ agents and third party contractors, without additional consideration, a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non- exclusive right and license, with the right to sublicense, to discuss, publicize, market and otherwise display content derived from or relating to the 3D Africa HackforGood Entry (“Marketing Content”), and to distribute and use such Marketing Content for promotional and marketing purposes (either in the form submitted or in the form of a derivative or adapted work). You understand that you will not receive any compensation or credit for use of your 3D Africa HackforGood Entry, other than what is described in these Official Contest Rules.
Copyright
Participant represents and warrants that he or she is the sole author and copyright owner of the Submission, and that the Submission is an original work of the Participant, or if the Submission is a work based on an existing application, that the Participant has acquired sufficient rights to use and to authorize others, including the 3D Africa HackforGood , to use the Submission, as specified in the “Intellectual Property Rights” section of the Rules; and that the Submission does not infringe upon any copyright or upon any other third party rights of which the Participant is aware, and that the Submission is free of malware.

Eligibility
3D Africa HackforGood organizers will have the right at their sole discretion to determine whether an entrant is eligible for the Contest. 3D Africa HackforGood may disqualify, at organizers’ sole discretion, 3D Africa HackforGood entries (including, without limitation, content submitted in connection therewith) that (a) are in violation of third party rights or law or regulation, (b) use inappropriate or explicit language or images, or display content that 3D Africa HackforGood or Sponsors otherwise finds objectionable or inconsistent with 3D Africa HackforGood or Sponsors’ brand image or goodwill.

3D Africa HackforGood can accept only those 3D Africa HackforGood Hackathon Entries that are completed and submitted as described above and that conform to any technical requirements specified as part of the entry process. 3D Africa HackforGood Hackathon entries that do not comply with the provisions of these Official Contest Rules will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered.

Winner selection/Judging criteria
The Contest winners will be selected by a panel of judges (“Judges”).
By submitting any 3D Africa HackforGood Entry, entrants release 3D Africa HackforGood Sponsors, their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents, and advisors from any and all liability for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the decisions of the Judges.

Awards
Contest prizes are non-transferable by the winner. If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting such prize.

Conduct
By entering this Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Contest Rules. To the maximum extent permitted by law, 3D Africa HackforGood reserves the right to change these Official Contest Rules at any time. You further agree to be bound by the decisions of 3D Africa HackforGood and the judges which shall be final and binding in all respects. 3D Africa HackforGood reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual that tampers or attempts to tamper with the 3D Africa HackforGood Entry process or the operation of the Contest or web site; violates the Official Contest Rules; or acts in a manner that goes against our Code of Conduct.

How entries will be judged

Each 3D Africa HackforGood product will be judged using 4 key criteria:  

 

  1. IMPACT:  Innovation / Ambition /Creativity
  2. TECHNOLOGY:  User Interface / User Experience /Ingenuity
  3. MARKETABILITY:  Overall Quality
  4. COLLABORATION:  Quality of Pitch/Impact

A.  IMPACT
Innovation / Ambition/Creativity

  • Is the idea unique, or a different take on an existing problem?
  • What was added to the prototype that made it special or more useful?
  • Is the idea behind the prototype ambitious? Creative?
  • Did the prototype execute upon the theme/category chosen?

 

B. TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Ingenuity/User Interface / User Experience

  • Does the prototype look professional or is it sloppy?
  • Apart from the end product, did the team use a particularly elegant or interesting construction technique?
  • Is the workflow intuitive?
  • Is the prototype easy to use?
  • How clever or innovative was the approach the team used to build the project?  

C. MARKETABILITY
Overall Quality

  • Does the prototype work completely from start to finish?
  •  How many and how severe were any flaws or bugs encountered?
  •  Is there anything in the product that wasn’t fully implemented?
  • Did the team scope their prototype features well given the time frame of the hackathon?

D. COLLABORATION
Quality of Pitch / Impact

  • Is the team able to leverage their backgrounds and strengths to collaboratively solve the challenge?
  • Is the team able to explain their idea coherently and within the 6 minute timeframe allotted?

Each judge will assign a score between 10 and 50 inclusively for each of the four criteria, with 10 being unexceptional and 50 being exceptional.  Total Number of Points Achievable is 200.  

 

Our Corporate Partners

 

Our Education Partners




 

Our Media Partners

THANKS TO OUR MEDIA PARTNERS FOR PROMOTING 3D AFRICA HACKFORGOOD





Subscribe

Sign up with your email address to receive updates on future 3D Africa hackathons.