Random Hack of Kindness

Tech4Africa is the largest tech innovation, startup and entrepreneur platform in Africa. Join our Hackathon and lean how to ship a product in 2 days. Just 100 available seats.


5th & 6th October 2015
Starting at 9am every day


FNB Stadium

Tickets are FREE for the RHoK!

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Over two days,
You will learn how to ship code to release a product.

We think that the best tech ecosystems in the world have regular events which bring together people in tech to learn, meet new people and have lots of fun.

We don’t like suits and ties, there are no plenaries, committees and chairpeople. We focus on great content and value for all who attend, free wifi, coffee all day, fun at night, and an electric atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.

Our view is that most of the Hackathons presently in the ecosystem fail at 4 things: clear direction for a usable product, shipping code and usable skills. Our approach is different: we're going to give clear direction on a product that could become a business, everyone will work together as a team, we WILL ship an MVP product in 2 days, and all skills learnt over the two days will transfer to the job environment.

Learn from real experience, from people who have done it before.

We're one of the only (if not the only) events in Africa who won't put on sales pitch content. Everything you see will be authentic content from authentic speakers, talking from their own experience.

Be Inspired. No sales pitches or YAWN demos.

Take time for your yearly dose of tech inspiration, by joining a tribe of people who value talking straight, growing and building.

The Best Networking + Find a Co-Founder for your idea

The magic happens wehn you find a person you just click with, writing code, at lunch, between sessions, and during beers. That's when the best friendships are made, and we actively focus on that.

Vote on the problems you think are most important
This is the Kindness part





Utilities / water / gas / electricity / housing


Personal finance / payments/ mobile wallet / send money








Medical devices


Infant health


Community alerts


Air quality


Communities connectivity (something like BRCK but with community intelligence added - https://www.brck.com/)


Devices pre-configured for education and learning


Community security


Smart metering


Community / family communication


Send your Big Picture ideas to hello (AT) tech4africa.com (or use the form on the main site). We will add them to this page.

Voting for the big picture ideas will close in two weeks, after which we will vote on more granular ideas.

What you will learn
What you need to bring in order to participate, and what you will take away with you

Skills you need to have before you arrive

You need to have a basic working knowledge of Git. This covers the basic commands which will allow to collaborate with the source code. So make sure you can do the following basic commands (and why!):
echo # My Project >> README.md
git init
git add README.md
git commit -m "first commit"
git push -u origin master
git status
git pull
git clone git@your-repo:your-name/repo.git
git remote add origin git@your-repo:your-name

This is a great starting point for you:

And you should understand this:

After that, you really should know how to run a virtual machine using Virtualbox / VmMWare etc etc, and there are plenty of guides for that.

This is your responsibility. If you don't know the above, you will be asked to learn it first. We will have a working repo up beforehand, which you will be able to pull from.

Skills you will learn

The open source mentality, working in teams, building teams, how to break up your code, how to move fast and break things, what tools to use, why source control is important, deploying to servers, setting release schedules, MVP mentality, why you should use the Business Model Canvas, MSFT Azure, GIT, using virtual machines, Continuous Integration (CI), App architecture, App business case building, and much much much more.

What you will get on the days

Microsoft will be providing the following:
Cloud server activation help. Machines will be small but adequate, and limited to the competition.
Cloud training help, eg: how to build machines running Linux/Win/MySQL,IoT, etc on Azure.
Free online training via Microsoft Virtual Academy.

You will also get:
FREE coffee
Great atmosphere
New friends
And the great thing is... these are all skills you can take into the workplace.

What you will take away

You will have:
Learnt new skills relevant to working in tech projects
Learnt how to build and ship a product in 2 days
Met great new people just like you
Free online training via Microsoft Virtual Academy
We will present our MVP at Tech4Africa Day 2

Are you ready?

The Speakers

Learn from 17 years of industry trench warfare experience.

The 2015 Schedule

packed with juicy high quality content, just for you. No seatbelts required.


Registration / Coffee

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome and Introduction

Gareth Knight
Founder of Tech4Africa

09:30 - 11:30

Core skills

Gareth Knight
Founder of Tech4Africa

11:45 - 13:00

Group into teams, team objectives

Gareth Knight
Founder of Tech4Africa


Lunch Break

14:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 17:30

Registration / Coffee

09:00 - 09:15

Recap & Objectives for the day

Gareth Knight
Founder of Tech4Africa

09:30 - 11:30

Core skills

Gareth Knight
Founder of Tech4Africa

11:45 - 13:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 17:00
17:00 - 17:30


The best conference I have ever attended Stanley Nielson,
Thanks again for a great T4A day. Really great as usual and it was again a contemplative experience for me. Your philosophy of honesty and sobriety in an industry drunk on its own Kool-Aid is awesome. Raoul de Villiers
Really an awesome day at Tech4Africa conference. This level of energy and optimism I have not seen anywhere else. SA Tech Rocks! Rudie Shepherd,
Made the right choice by attending @Tech4Africa instead of marching with Malema. Really learning a lot from the guys. #T4A Glen Mhloti Bvuma,
Huge kudos to @oneafrikan & the @Tech4Africa team for an event that inspired both the hard core geeks and the business heads. #T4A Kate Wolters,
Will be dreaming of electric sheep after a long day of fantastic talks Mark Straw,
An amazing conference Patrick Kayton,
Job excellently done! Christine da Silva,
Surprisingly still inspired by the talks Robyn Silverstone,
Going to make it a priority to come to next years Tech4Africa Duncan McCleod,
Amazing!! Lots of fun! cant wait for the next one! Peter Brookstein,
Made me feel a lot more confident about doing UX consulting Wendy Robb,
If you've come this far, you should pat yourself on the back, you're in the top 5%. You little beauty.
Now go catch up on some previous sessions ;-)

Why is this for you?

Stay Ahead of the curve

First and foremost, because you won't find this kind of content and speakers anywhere else. Our sessions are honest, open, and about real experiences. We don't do sales pitches, and we don't push agendas!

Find new ways of thinking and problem-solving

Our simple goal is that you walk away both informed, entertained and inspired. Placing greatest emphasis on learning, interaction, engagement and discussion, we want Tech4Africa to be a place for new ideas and to encourage people to make and change things.

Networking opportunities

This isn't a FREE day out of the office, this is the day where you meet new, interesting people, where you make new friendships, and renew old bonds. And that is the best kind of networking ;-)

Strengthen Your Skills

Learn from speakers who have already been there, and trod the hard road of personal experience. You can read as many blogs as you like, but hearing it in person is way more valuable.

Pricing & Registration

Only 100 available Hackathon seats. Get your Tickets now.

Clicking the boxes below will send you to our ticketing website, where you can purchase your tickets online at your leisure.
Please note:
FREE tickets for the Hackathon are on a first come, first served basis.
Paid tickets are required for entry to Tech4Africa, so make sure you complete your purchase!

Select which part of Tech4Africa you want to attend:


Hackathon: Ship product in 2 days. FREE.

Join the Random Hack of Kindness, to envisage, build and ship a daily utility product in 2 days. Learn industry skills, find a co-founder, learn how to evaluate ideas. WE SHIP CODE.

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Startup Day only

Learn from people who have been there before. Network with founders just like you. This is the day where we do Startup content like never before in SA. Access limited to Startup Day sessions & rooms only.

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Conference + Startup Day + Hackathon

Full access to everything. Includes Hackathon, Startup Day, speaker room, drone racing, photography exhibition and live DJ set. You'd be bonkers not to.

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Please note: Entry will be with armbands only. Lunch is for your own account, and vendors will be available, so bring cash for lunch and beverages.


Interested in becoming a partner? Get in touch

Exhibit at Tech4Africa

Why exhibit?

Demo your product

The best feedback is when you're able to see what people are doing when they do it. It's the user feedback every product needs to become great. Twitter launched this way, so did Foursquare, and Facebook was used every day in the dorms of Harvard. What are you going to do with your product?

Showcase your company, find new clients

Cold calling is rubbish. Personal relationships are best. Get yourself in front of a lot of people, all over a few days, and introduce yourself. Hire your next recruit, showcase your work, prospect for your next client or customer. All we ask is that you do something unique and interesting whilst you do it!

Get in touch to book yourself a space at Tech4Africa, so that you can demo your product, showcase your company, or simply network smack bang in the middle of everything and meet new people. Simple!

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