Interactive Hackathon: Public Policy for the Future of Innovation in Africa

As part of this year’s conference theme of enabling homegrown innovation, the Africa Business Forum is excited to host a non-tech hackathon titled: “Public Policy for the Future of Innovation in Africa”. This hackathon will engage participants in exploring policy solutions that will create an environment for innovation on the continent. The hackathon will gather 40 participants divided into 8 teams. Each team is expected to work on an idea for a policy in the sector of their choice (economy, education, culture, environment, etc.). Teams will be formed in advance and participants will have the opportunity to interact on their idea prior to the event on Hackerearth, an online platform where teams will have access to supporting materials such relevant articles, guiding questions and a guide for effective policy design.

Registration for the Hackathon is optional and free. When buying your ticket for the Africa Business Forum, you get the option to register for the Hackathon. You can also register later following a link on the confirmation email you will get with your ticket for the forum.



Hackathon Schedule

8:00 A.M to 9:00 A.M. Coffee and Registration for the Hackathon

9:00 A.M. to 9:15 A.M. Welcome and Introductions

9:15 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Hackathon starts: Collaboration on ideas

10:30 A.M to 10:50 A.M. Teams pitch their ideas

10:50 A.M. to 10:55 A.M. Judges evaluations

10:55 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Winners announced

The winning team will present their idea after the Policy Panel to the audience in the Africa Business Forum. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win a chance to win a $40 Amazon gift card, or two Google minis.


Christopher Ategeka    Founder, UCOT Inc.

Christopher Ategeka

Founder, UCOT Inc.

Mr. Ategeka is an entrepreneur, engineer, and futurist who has received multiple international awards for his work in sustainability and technology. He is a UC Berkeley alum and the founder and managing partner at UCOT, Inc, a community of global leaders that seek to bring awareness about the unintended consequences of technology on humanity. He is also the founder of CA Bikes, a company that manufactures and provides bikes and motorcycle ambulances to hospitals, and NGOs in Uganda.  

Ashley Lannquist    World Economic Forum

Ashley Lannquist

World Economic Forum

Ashley graduated from Berkeley Haas where she was the co-president of the Haas Fintech Club. She helped launch the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, a non-profit consortium that aims to « use blockchain and related technologies to make mobility safer, greener and more accessible. » She is a project lead for blockchain and distributed ledger technology for the World Economic Forum.

Carole Kariuki   CEO, Kenya Private Sector Alliance

Carole Kariuki

CEO, Kenya Private Sector Alliance

Carole Kariuki holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a Masters Degree in Public Administration and International Affairs from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. She has also pursued several professional courses on Public-Private Sector Dialogue, Global Leadership and Private Sector Development among others.



Luc Ibata-Okalobe    Lecturer,  UC Berkeley

Luc Ibata-Okalobe

Lecturer, UC Berkeley

Mr. Ibata-Okalobe has worked as a scalability engineer for Apple, Yahoo, Salesforce, Adobe before joining Anaplan in 2017 with the mission to transform Anaplan's engineering culture with hackathons. He has also self-organized and leads the 2018 NASA SpaceApps Hackathon in San Francisco Bay.