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m:lab By John Kieti / September 16, 2012

Winners of m2work Hackathon Announced


The M2Work Hackthon came to an end with crowning of four teams as winners on Sunday evening. The global event was conducted across the five m:Labs in the world. In Kenya, participants came up with 10 ideas, forming 10 teams. The teams concentrated on developing their ideas to prototypes overnight, with mentorship sessions being held periodically for insight purposes.

 After the hacking period came to an end, the teams did brief demos of their working prototypes to the judges, after which they pitched against each other for the top prizes.

The winning teams of the M2Work Hackathon are:

1st Prize :Tafsiri
Tafsiri is a solution that aims to provide companies or organizations translation of specific information to the language of the local community, creating employment to multitudes. The team won prize money of Kshs 100,000.
2nd Prize: Smart Blackboard
Smart Blackboard is a solution that allows students to pose questions while doing their homework or preparing for tests and receive answers from qualified teachers. The team won prize money of Kshs 70,000.
3rd Prize: MobiAgent
MobiAgent is a solution that gives its user the ability to be an agent and get commission every time he/she sells a product e.g. event tickets to people on his/her phone contacts. The team won prize money of Kshs 40,000.
4th Prize: Kaisari
A compliance and authenticity  monitoring system that enables organizations and/or individuals to track down fake products and/or  non-compliant individuals. The team won prize money of Kshs 30,000.

From all the participating teams in the hackathon, two still have a chance of receiving traction fund worth USD 2,000 each, if they demonstrate interest and potential to develop their prototypes to finished products.

More information about the judges and the judging criteria may be found in a previous blog article here. More information about the products of the 10 competing teams at the hackathon may be found in a previous blog article here. More information about the hackathon that was organized simultaneously in 5 parts of the world may be found on the central portal here

We wish to congratulate the winners and to all the participants for coming up with brilliant and promising ideas. Let us bring the concept of mobile microwork to life.

Author : John Kieti

John Kieti is the Lead at m:lab East Africa. He is an exponent for mobile entrepreneurship and an experienced m4d professional. John is passionate about the growth of East Africa's knowledge economy. He holds an MBA and BSc in Computer Science. He also occasionally shares his thoughts about East Africa's knowledge economy on his blog -

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