September 30, 2022 – Mara Foundation has introduced the winners of the 2022 ‘Hack the Mara’ hackathon. The awards recognise the top three groups with essentially the most viable enterprise proposals that can advance long term useful, social and environmental change inside the Maasai Mara, throughout Africa and past.
The Mara Hackathon celebrates African Web3 developers and innovators who’re working to solve last mile cost tracking challenges and strengthen the financial sustainability of ongoing conservation initiatives in the Mara for better livelihoods. The winners emerged after proposal submissions and a week-long physical hackathon that was held within the Maasai Mara, Kenya, where they constructed prototypes of their options.
The winning teams included the artistic uses of low-tech cost confirmation expertise like USSD and MPESA, adhered to greatest practices including KYC/AML policies, included Circle’s USDC stablecoin and constructed their options on blockchain know-how – all with a concentrate on developing technical breakthroughs that may make financial providers more inclusive, environment friendly and scalable.
The profitable teams are:
Team Masterminds (Nigeria)
With a give attention to building impactful USSD blockchain options in Web3, this team of engineers developed a funding answer utilizing blockchain with NFTs to provide a method of livelihood for Maasai rangers, conservancies and land house owners. Team Masterminds is made up of Babatide Ayoade, a blockchain developer; Oluwasegun Abisagbo, a frontend developer and Patience Adajah, a frontend d-App engineer skilled in UI/UX design.
Commenting on their solution winning first place in the competition, Abisagbo stated “the preservation of wildlife is critical to the sustenance of the Maasai ecosystem. Our resolution provides people a possibility for sustainable funding to reach the important stakeholders in the Maasai whereas offering a possibility for everyone to expertise the Mara, even if they’ve by no means been there”. Buttressing this, Adajah added “we are so thrilled that the judges discovered our solution worthy to win the competitors. We are excited about the future and we look ahead to building the final model of our product”.
Team Blocverse (Nigeria)
On a mission to drive blockchain adoption in Africa via constructing on a daily basis products with web3 applied sciences, this group of builders created an answer that offers back to nature and helps conservancies turn out to be more sustainable to enable them to additionally autorun even without donations. Team Blocverse is made up of Toochukwu Okoro, a smart-contract developer; Joshua Avoaja, a software program developer with technical implementation expertise; and Teresa Amanwachi, a researcher and technical author.
Commenting on their solution profitable second place within the competitors, Avoaja mentioned “we are building our resolution as a financial powerhorse that may champion inclusiveness in conservation as a result of we truly imagine that conservation is everyone’s duty and we should all contribute to conservation.”
Team AfroLabs (Nigeria)
Keenly excited about constructing Web3 options, breeding culture and constructing Africa, this group of young blockchain explorers developed an answer to help the Maasai Mara neighborhood obtain money from anyplace instantly into their accounts so land house owners can get paid easily and wildlife is preserved. Team AfroLabs is made up of Obinna Oba, a full-stack developer with an interest in building within the web3 area for start-ups in Africa; Anthony Nwobodo, a full-stack software program engineer and blockchain developer; and Chisom Aniefuna, a 400 degree Pharmacy pupil on the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Commenting on their resolution profitable second place within the competition, Nwobodo stated “During the warmth of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of the land house owners lacking funds and began pondering of selling their lands or converting them to farmlands, in the end affecting the ecosystem of wildlife. With our resolution, they’ll be ready to get funding even in exhausting occasions whereas preserving the wildlife ecosystem.”
With a dynamic new tribe rising throughout Africa, Mara Foundation is set to establish and nurture African talents, enabling them to develop impactful options for the continent and the world.
“African developers and innovators are trailblazing with their creative blockchain options today. We believe that these Africans can act because the spark for igniting blockchain options that may advance the method forward for finance in Africa on Web3”, Kate Kallot, Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer at Mara stated. “Mara Foundation is committed to helping people realise their full potential via initiatives like this. We want these Forward Thinkers and Builders to be equipped and empowered to create a long-term constructive social influence on our continent via blockchain know-how.”
Buttressing this, Chi Nnadi, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer mentioned “Mara is on a mission to inspire a motion that permits the emergence of 21st-century Africa through universal access to blockchain know-how and the cryptoeconomy. The successful teams reflect Mara’s commitment to serve as the port of entry for blockchain capacity building in Africa and we are impressed with the result of the ‘Hack the Mara’ hackathon. We look forward to following these profitable teams on their journeys to amplify their influence for greater influence across Africa and past.”
Working in partnership with Circle (the issuer of USD Coin (USDC) and Euro Coin), United Nations Foundations, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, Ishara Mara and Antler; Mara Foundation awarded the winning groups with as much as $100,000 in funding, entry into start-up accelerator programmes, mentorship and other sources to construct out their options.
Speaking on the Mara Hackathon, Wei Xiao, Director of DevRel NVIDIA said “Blockchain shall be a gamechanger for the African continent in so many various features and I am so glad that Mara is spearheading the efforts and planting the seeds to make it occur. Initiatives such because the Mara hackathon will pave the way to the following technology of technological disruption that might be skilled throughout Africa and past.”
The top three successful groups emerged out of over 800 candidates who entered the competitors. With three Kenyan groups and five Nigerian finalist teams taking part within the week-long physical hackathon, the top three successful teams emerged from Nigeria.
About Mara Foundation
Mara Foundation is a non-profit organisation devoted to empowering youth, communities, marginalised populations, and problem solvers to build expertise options for the future of Africa. Mara Foundation is Mara’s impact-driven entity which aims to drive long-term constructive social, financial and environmental change in Africa.