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iHub By Jessica Colaço / July 7, 2011

PesaPi hackathon 16th July 2011 6pm.


On the 16th July the iHub is hosting a hackathon for developers involved in the PesaPi project. The hackathon is expected to continue until early sunday morning.

The overall goal of the hackathon is to get the various developers aligned, and to give the project a significant push towards production level software (currently it is considered alpha level).
If you are a developer and want to contribute to PesaPi – but need help to get started – then THIS is the event to join.

PesaPi is an open source API for commercial Mpesa accounts, first released at BitMagic 21/05/2011 by Pluspeople Kenya. The project is intended as a open source solution for integrating Mpesa payments with your other backend software – The software is an unofficial API that is intended to be used until an official API is released.

Goals for the hackathon:

  • Get everyone started on improving PesaPi.
  • Improve the quality of the current code.
  • Create ports of the project to other languages (java/ruby/python).
  • Create examples of how the system can be used, to make it easier to implement.

To attend please bring your laptop and have apache+php+mysql installed on it so you are ready to test/understand the current code (from there you can work on a different language if you want to).

Click here for more information about PesaPi.

And also please RSVP though this link before the event.

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

  • ICT in KENYA at 10:58:38AM Friday, July 8, 2011

    Thank you for promoting Kenya to such high levels of technology. It’s paramount that such rigorous events get show cased in order to increase awareness and actual dissemination of technology proficiency.

  • mwangi at 11:37:01AM Monday, July 11, 2011

    this is the push that ecommerce in Kenya needs right now.
    I will definitely attend


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