KaiOS recently partnered with Gebeya to bring the KaiOS platform to Ethiopia. The focal point of this OS is its ability to bring smartphone features to affordable feature phones. It is on this note that Gebeya invites all IT professionals, practitioners and enthusiasts across all disciplines to this year's Christmas Hackathon to build applications suited for feature phones.

In this two-day hackathon, attendees are expected to come up with smartphone applications for affordable feature phones with no touch screen or smartphone characteristics.

Attendees will be paired in groups, with each group competing for the most ingenious concept. The winning idea will have the possibility of getting a full scholarship to Gebeya's Professional Training Program.

We welcome you to join us on Saturday and Sunday (21st and 22nd of December, 2019) at Gebeya Academy Headquarters (Woreda 02, Sinan Building 2nd Floor, Bole Subcity, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.) to prototype and find innovative solutions.



    • Individuals (Over 15 years of age) 
    • Organizations (up to 10 Employees) 
  • countries: Ethiopia 
  • Team size: Minimum 2 and Maximum 4 



Please take the following points into consideration while you submit your work.

  • Design 
  • Clickable Prototype if there is any 
  • Presentation Slide 
    • Should include  
      • Members of the group 
      • Brief Description of the Project  
      • problem statement  
      • Solution  
      • Technology Used 
      • Limitation (if there is any) 
  • New Vs Existing App 
    • Apps need not be new but if existing it should include a new feature 
  • Multiple App 
    • contestants can submit more than one app 
  • Platform 
    • What the operating system can the app run on 

Hackathon Sponsors


First Place Winner

The winners of the Hackathon will each receive a scholarship that will be granted in kind which is a 100% discount of ETB 15,332 to Gebeya's Professional Traning Program.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dawit Abraham
Game Developer, Trainer and CEO of Qene Technologies

Orlando Thomas

Orlando Thomas
Gebeya Inc.

Rediet Girma

Rediet Girma
Gebeya Inc.

Betelhem Abebaw

Betelhem Abebaw
Gebeya Inc.

John Adams

John Adams
Gebeya Inc

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before? If a team that always does virtual reality projects decides to switch up and try doing a mobile app instead, that exploration should be rewarded.
  • Potential Positive Impact
    How well the app represents our vision of pushing the world's happiness quotient higher
  • Alignment
    Did the team try to bring something new that aligns with the purpose of the hackathon?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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