The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

Technological progress is the foundation of efforts to achieve most social and environmental objectives. There needs to be more investments in high-tech products that dominate the manufacturing productions to increase efficiency and a focus on mobile cellular services that increase connections between people.

Achievement of the SDGs will require collaboration and mobilization of governments, companies, and people (including developers) all around the world.

So, we want to invite you, developers, to join us on this journey by building software applications that strive towards this mission.

Overview of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals

Awareness Campaigns

Summary of Achievements to Date


This Hackathon focuses on four of the UN’s seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. Click on each SDG below for additional details, data sets, and technical resources:


For the purposes of this Contest, the “Territory” means any location that is defined as "Coast Province".

This Contest is open only to the following:

(a) natural persons who are, as of the date of entry, (i) a legal resident of a county within the Territory, and (ii) at least eighteen (18) years old and the age of majority in his or her jurisdiction of residence (e.g., province, territory, district, etc.) (any and each, an “Individual”); or

(b) entities and organizations that are, as of the date of entry and through the time of prize fulfillment, legally formed or recognized by a jurisdiction within the Territory and have a principal place of business in the Territory (any and each, an “Organization”); or

(c) an association of not more than ten (10) individuals that does not constitute a legally recognized entity, provided that each natural person comprising such an association is (i) a legal resident of a county, sub-county within the Territory and (ii) at least eighteen (18) years old and the age of majority in his or her jurisdiction of residence (any and each, a “Team”). A Team Entrant may have no fewer than two (2) and no more than ten (10) members.

An Individual may join more than one Team or Organization and an Individual who is part of a Team or Organization may also enter the Contest on an individual basis.

If a Team or Organization is entering the Contest, they must appoint and authorize one individual (the “Representative”) to represent, act, and enter, on their behalf. 


Build software applications that fall within the 4 categories described.

 Submit the following assets:

  • Demo video. (hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku). Your video should be around 2 minutes, include a demo of your working application via a step-by-step visual demo, and be available in English. Be sure to explain how the Facebook products used enhances the experience of your solution!
  • Images. Please submit at least one image/screenshot of your application.
  • Access. A way to access your working application for judging and testing by providing a mobile test build, a link to a live website, or a demo site where the application is deployed.

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How to enter

  1. Register for the hackathon on Devpost.
  2. Build software applications that fit one of the 4 categories specified
  3. Create a video about two minutes long that demonstrates your solution’s features and functionality. (Videos and submission materials must be provided in English for judging. Provide English subtitles or a translation if the content is not in English.)
  4. Submit solutions before the 4:59:59 PM 30th of June 2019Late submissions will NOT be accepted! 


Mercy Muchai

Mercy Muchai
Software Engineer, Andela

Carol Nkirote

Carol Nkirote
Software Engineer, Andela

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea (40%)
    Includes creativity and originality of the idea.
  • Implementation of the Idea (30%)
    Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer, the extent to which the SDG goal has been accomplished.
  • Potential Impact on Communities (30%)
    Includes ability to strengthen and/or grow communities.

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