UmojaHack Africa is the leading hackathon in the African data science space. With $10 000 in prizes for winners across 30 countries, and 2000 students from more than 300 universities participating over the weekend, UmojaHack is a life-changing event for its participants.
When the pandemic pushed UmojaHack to become a fully virtual event in 2020 and 2021, Zindi appointed us to level up the event in 2022. The objectives were to increase the number of competitors from more countries across the continent; to enhance the collaborative experience for participants; and to demonstrate return on investment for sponsors, including Microsoft, DeepMind and NVIDIA.
We approached the project by mapping out four phases; Discovery, Planning, Execution, Evaluation. Here's what we did, across four phases over the course of 12 weeks:
We approached Oddity Events to run our flagship hybrid event, UmojaHack Africa, because we were looking to level the event up in terms of marketing, event delivery and overall professionalism.
They delivered in spades. Lizzy and her team came with creativity, enthusiasm, and an incredible can-do attitude, and nailed the brief, regularly going above and beyond to deliver an event that we are incredibly proud of.
They were a pleasure to work with, and I can't imagine any group of people working harder to deliver an event than they did over the 12 weeks we worked together. I recommend them unreservedly.
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