The m2work hackathon Kenya is almost coming to an end and you can almost feel the tension in the atmostphere as judges deliberate on the winners. The hackers wait anxiously....
As the clock counts down, all teams are rushing to polish their prototypes ready for the pitching session at 2:00 pm. There are 10 groups in total, each providing a different solution. Everyone is getting ready to present hoping they will walk away as the top prize winner.
May the best team win
The hackthon is taking place across the five m:Labs globally. The event attracted a huge number of techies in Kenya, with over One Hundred and Fifty of them stating their interest in participating in the event.
The event kicked off well on 15th September with One Hundred and Twenty participants showing up. Participants came up with 10 ideas, forming 10 teams with each of the teams being on the same level ground, working their way towards the goal.
Prize money at stake is as follows:
After an entire night of coding and product development, the teams are almost on their way to go with the products. However the last hurdle reamins- Day 2.
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