Ayoba Virtual Hackathon in South Africa

Ayoba is a messaging platform, with support to channels, payments, bots and micro apps/service agents. It is localised for African and Middle East consumer needs.

Ayoba, together with the UCTGSB Solution Space and Geekulcha, will be hosting a virtual hackathon on 03 - 06 April for South African developers. The event aims to introduce the opening of Ayoba as a platform for developers and the MicroApp to 3rd parties.

Top 5 teams from the virtual Hackathon will then compete for a Top spot for the grand prizes at a physical 1-day Hackathon venue or a guided virtual participation platform.

Developers will have an opportunity to get creative and launch services through micro-apps.

Over two days, developers and start-ups will be given preview access to a developer sandbox environment. The teams will also have access to coaches providing tech, UI/UX and business support.

The challenge: Make creative use of the Ayoba platform to build services and solutions that meet the daily needs of African consumers and businesses.

After the four days, teams will submit their work to a panel of experts. The teams that develop the winning solutions will receive complimentary co-working space at the Ayoba offices, technical, marketing & development support as well as R150k in prize money for the hackathon’s Top 3 teams.

The top 3 ideas will be considered for the UCTGSB Solution Space E-Track Programme in partnership with the MTN Group.

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ZAR150,000 in prizes

1st Place

R100 000.00

2nd Place


3rd Place


Made it Top 5 (5)

Top 5 teams that made it to the finale.

===== BATTLE OF THE 5 TEAMS =====
The Top 3 teams that develop the winning solutions will receive complimentary co-working space at the Ayoba offices, technical, marketing & development support as well as R150k (slip into 3 ) in prize money for the hackathon’s Top 3 teams.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


In order to receive the prize(s), you will need to agree to the Terms and Conditions that will be sent to you via email.


  • Project profile as guided on ayobahack.devpost.com
  • PowerPoint presentation of no more than 10 slides (including a slide with members short bios, problem + solution, Business Model Canvas,  screenshots of project, etc.)
  • Demo video of the project
  • Supporting assets of project
  • Last Git commit screenshots (up to 10 on Git platform of choice)


Lebogang Madise

Lebogang Madise
Future Ready Skills Lead (Middle East & Africa), Microsoft

 Zachariah George

Zachariah George
Chief Investment Officer @Startupbootcamp Africa

Muzi Ntombela

Muzi Ntombela
CIO, Centre for Public Service Innovation

David Gilarranz

David Gilarranz
Group CEO Digital, MTN Group

 Thomas Schulze

Thomas Schulze
Head of Product, Ayoba

Yusuf Kaka

Yusuf Kaka
GM: Product Development & Innovation, MTN Group

Eero Tarjanne

Eero Tarjanne
GM: Ecosystem Development, MTN Group

Shiela Yabo

Shiela Yabo
Manager, UCT GSB Solution Space

Judging Criteria

  • 1. Innovation and Novelty
    How unique is the solution? How does it improve or leverage existing systems to create larger social or business impact? How feasible is the solution?
  • 2. Business Model
    Is the concept desirable? Does it look like it will have customers and market thereof. Is there a potentially viable business model? Each team is required to outline these aspects: Customer Segment, Value Proposition, Revenue Streams and Key Activities.
  • 3. The Use of Ayoba Platform
    How best did the team make use of the Ayoba APIs to build a solution? Does it integrate well with current Ayoba functionality? Did the team bring a wow factor or suggested a feature? Did the team use any additional web frameworks? Quality of code?
  • 4. User Experience
    How complex is the solution? Is the focal feature minimally functional? Does it have ease of use/navigation to find needs?
  • 5. Local Relevance and Impact
    Does the idea solve locally relevant issues? Does it do so in an impactful way?


  • Fintech
  • Voice skills
  • Social Good