WHAT: Women in FinTech Hackathon

WHEN: 10 to 15 September (Hackathon, Hive Colab), 16 September ( Summit, Mestil Hotel)

WHERE: Hive Colab + Mestil Hotel

WHO: The best and brightest women and their allies in the FinTech ecosystem.


The 2022 Women in FinTech Hackathon seeks to close the Gender Gap in Access to Technology, Skills, and Usage of Digital Financial Services. It will provide women innovators and students an opportunity to use digital financial technology to explore business concepts. The hackathon will introduce participants to useful tools and offer an introduction to technologies such as Mojaloop Open-Source Software, and guidance from Level One Project foundational material. The skills gained from this initiative will cover Level One Project Principles, Instant and Inclusive Payment Systems (IIPS), Inclusive Finance, and FinTech in general.

The 2022 edition will kick off with a virtual East African round that will have participants from across the region taken through daily training and assessment for 5 days (29th August to 2nd September), with the top team from each country automatically qualifying for the grand finale to be held in Kampala.

Interested participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan will register for the virtual round between 17th and 26th August while Ugandan participants will submit their entries from 20th to 29th August.

The hackathon is open to women-led teams of 2 to 4 members, with each team having at least 67 percent female composition.

The Women in FinTech Hackathon will culminate in the Women in FinTech summit on 16th September, 2022 where the best performing teams and individuals from across East Africa will be announced and receive their share of the USD 10,000 collective prize money. This will be in addition to automatically qualifying for the Women in FinTech Incubator program that will run until January 2023.

The Women in FinTech Hackathon is presented by HiPipo, in partnership with  CyberPLC Academy, Level One Project, Mojaloop, ModusBox and Crosslake Tech and supported by the Gates Foundation.

Important Dates:

  1. 17th to 26th August: Online Registration for Rest of East Africa.
  2. 20th to 29th August: Online Registration for Uganda.
  3. 29th August to 2nd September: Virtual Hackathon for Rest of East Africa.
  4. 10th to 15th September: Physical Hackathon underway in Kampala. Winning Teams from East Africa will join Uganda participants.
  5. 16th September: Women in FinTech summit.


  1. A team of 2 to 4 developers.
  2. The team leader must be a woman.
  3. 67 per cent of team members must be women.


  1. Networking with fellow Developers and Facilitators from across the World.
  2. Mentorship from Industry Players and Business Leaders.
  3. Access to latest infrastructure and technology.
  4. USD 10,000 Prize Money to be shared by the winning teams.
  5. Fully paid 90 days Incubator Program for three top teams.

Prize Money Breakdown:

  1. Winning Team : USD2000 and participation in 90 Days Incubator Program
  2. First Runner Up : USD1000 and participation in 90 Days Incubator Program
  3. Second Runner Up: participation in 90 Days Incubator Program.


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