The 2015 eLearning Africa conference will feature a hackathon for education technology (edtech) entrepreneurs, according to organizers, the International Communications Worldwide Events (IWCE).

The theme for the hackathon is ‘Gamification for Social Good’.

Teams of programmers, designers, problem solvers and subject matter experts are required to identify key challenges and problems from a variety of areas, with particular focus on Africa.

IWCE is organizing the hackathon in partnership with Ethiopian innovation hub, Iceaddis, African Union and GIZ, according to a news release to Techcabal.

“I think it’s important to have a hackathon on social change because hackathons are a great way to collect ideas in a very informal way,” says Markos Lemma, the co-founder of Iceaddis, “It’s the first time we’ve been able to bring 35 people from all throughout Africa together to work on social causes in this way using technology.”

35 entrepreneurs will compete at the hackathon which will start at Iceaddis and finish at the eLearning Africa conference on May 20, where teams are expected to pitch their newly-developed gamified tools to an international audience. According to the organisers, the winner of the hackathon competition will be invited to Berlin, Germany for the 21st edition of online educa Berlin (OEB) in December, 2015.

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