In June this year, Pan-African technology company the Mara Group invited applicants to the “Hack the Mara” hackathon, a competition that aims to reward African developers building last-mile transaction systems.
After the application and selection process, the company announced eight finalists who will take place in the competition between the 17th-26th of September 2022. Although the company invited applicants from all over the continent, the final list of eight is made of only Nigerian and Kenyan startups.
All the selected startups are building innovative products that have long-term beneficial, social, and environmental change in Africa and beyond. The finalists are a true reflection of Mara Group’s intention to lead in blockchain development across Africa. Participants are competing for a share of the Ksh 11.8 million ($100,00) in funds and prizes.
“Blockchain has the potential to take financial services and last mile payment solutions to new heights. With a direct focus on solving real local challenges, these innovators may create globally relevant solutions and drive the future of finance” said Chi Nnadi, Mara Co-founder and Chief executive Officer.
Here are the winning teams :
- BlockDash (Nigeria)
- FedhaPay (Kenya)
- BlockHackers (Nigeria)
- Blocverse (Nigeria)
- Relic (Kenya)
- Mastermind (Nigeria)
- Sahara (Kenya)
Other patterns supporting the Hack The Mara” hackathon include Circle (the issuer of USD Coin (USDC) and Euro Coin), United Nations Foundations, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, Ishara Mara, and Antler.