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Electoral malpractices are a common occurrence during elections in Kenya. The use of electoral resources has been witnessed in elections since before the beginning of multi-party politics. The Independent Review Commission on the General Elections held in Kenya on 27th December 2007 (Kriegler report) reported that the use of state resources in partisan campaigns was witnessed in the 2007 elections and this took the form of use of high-ranking state officers and public servants in campaigns, use of government vehicles and aircraft and the use of constituency development funds for campaigns.
The Hackathon
The electoral accountability hackathon is a 48-hour virtual session dedicated to coming up with a solution to monitor the misuse of state resources during campaigns. The hackathon will be facilitated through TI-Kenya’s Media-Tech Hub.


How can technology be used by citizens to monitor the use of state resources during election campaigns?
The hackathon is open to Software developers, web designers, programmers and researchers-everyone is welcome to form a team and participate. Each team should have 2-4 participants and should ensure that no more than 2/3rd of team members are of the same gender.
The successful team will be awarded a grant of Kshs. 250,000. The 1st Runners up will receive a prize of Kshs. 15,000 and the 2nd Runners up will receive a prize of Kshs. 10,000. Other prizes include giveaways, reimbursement of data, certificate of participation and the opportunity to join a working group of Techies for electoral integrity.

Phase 1: Registration / How to apply

Participants should form teams of between 2 to 4 members and apply though the online application form available on the Media-Tech Hub. The application period will commence on the 29th of March 2021 to the 11th of April 2021.

Phase 2: Notification of shortlisted participants

Applications will be evaluated by judges and successful teams will be notified on the 13th of April 2021.

Phase 3: Hacker’s conference

Successful participants will attend a virtual hackers conference on the 12th of April 2021 from 9.00 to 10.30 am where they will be notified of the judging criteria and expectations.

Phase 4: Hackathon

The hackathon will kick off on the 16th of April to the 19th of April 2021 at 23.59 pm. Teams will be required to create a team on Microsoft Teams where they will access the data sets and submit a functional prototype and a pitch.

Phase 5: Hackathon pitching session

On the 16th of April 2021, Teams will have an opportunity to pitch their projects to the panel of judges and to answer any questions they may have about their projects. Judges will select the winning prototype.

Phase 6: Award ceremony

An award ceremony will be held on the 30th of April 2021.

Application Form

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