Watch out for HackWeakEnd 2019

We have started planning towards HackWeakEnd 2019, we are working with the Government, Partners, Sponsors and Industry/Economic Experts on selecting a sector that requires swift attention and solutions and then start engaging partners, create the theme and hacksets in order to have viable solutions to issues affecting the said sector.

HackWeakEnd 2018

HackWeakEnd Technology Event 2018 was held from Friday 27th April to Saturday 28th April 2018. It featured a Hackathon where participants creatively solved issues affecting the fishing sector in the Gambia and a software development training using Python programming language. The infographic below summarizes what happened at HackWeakEnd 2018.
This was the maiden edition and our focus was on the fishing industry where technologists and subject matter experts came together to build creative solutions to issues affecting the sector.

Top Three(3) Winning Teams were as below

1st Place
Team Wakanda Snapper

Marketplace solution focusing on fish farming where fish farmers, suppliers of their input and investors meet.

2nd Place
Team Sea Dragon

Enforcement Solution focusing on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing practices

3rd Place
Team Piranha

Enforcement solution focusing on managing fish landing sites, catches etc

Please find below the link to the full official report at the event
Official Photos available at :

What is HackWeakEnd ?

HackWeakEnd, an initiative under the auspices of Open-Source Academy uses unique Hackathon1 series and technology based events to bring together tech people, industry/subject matter experts, stakeholders, students and enthusiasts to come up with compelling technological solutions (hardware/software) to solve ills, issues and problems plaguing our societies. It is simply an initiative of using technology to “Hack2” the “Weak Ends3” over a Week end. These “Weak Ends” are ills, problems and issues affecting us.

1. Hackathon: Any event of any duration where people come together to solve problems.
2. Hack: Creative problem solving. (It does not have to involve technology.)
3. Weak Ends: Socioeconomic issues affecting a society.

Why HackWeakEnd?

Africa as a continent has many issues and problems affecting it. Some of these issues are by our own making whilst others are issues we are clueless about. As Africans, our destinies lie in our hands. We need to create solutions to our problems and not wait for outsiders to come in to profess and build solutions for us and then take the glory. The whole essence of “HackWeakEnd” is to make an impact in our societies by using technology and technology based events to build compelling technological solutions to tackle the “Weak Ends” plaguing our societies.
As with its theme, "Hack the Problem, Create a solution, Impact our society", every year will be a unique event where the focus area will be different, this can be any industry e.g Fishing, Energy, Security, Farming etc. These focus areas will be based on societal issues that need quick solutions. HackWeakEnd will work with the Government, Organizations, Industry, Experts and Partners to come up with these yearly themes.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is a collective social responsibility of bringing people together to hack issues and problems plaguing our societies.

Our vision is to see that lives are changed, communities are made better and impact is felt through the issues that will be solved.

2018 Focus & Theme

The focus for 2018 which is the Maiden edition is on the Fishing industry and the theme is “Let's Save our Fishes”. In the Gambia, the fisheries sub-sector contributes approximately 12% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and also Within the food production sector, fisheries ranks third after crops and livestock, with an average annual contribution of 2.4%. The artisanal fisheries sub-sector provides direct and indirect employment to an estimated 25-30,000 people and the industrial sub-sector provides employment to between 1,500 and 2,000 people. The sector contributes about 13% annually to the Gambian government's revenue. The national fish per caput consumption average is 25 kg but it is as low as 9 kg in the inland areas, as fish consumption is highest in coastal areas where fish production is high(Access Gambia, GIEPA).
The event will hold in the last weekend of April (Friday 27th & Saturday 28th)
Khamsys Technologies Ltd, Behind Atlas Filling Station, Bijilo, The Gambia.

Hack Sets

Hack sets are the focus areas in an industry which solutions will be based on. Every year, there will be different Hack Sets depending on the industry of focus. With support from the Government, Organizations, Industry, Experts and Partners e.t.c, the Hack Sets will be based on real life, visible issues and ills that need solutions. This year being the maiden edition, our focus will be on the Fishing industry as indicated earlier and our Hack Sets will be based three themes we tagged MES.
Participants will be required to work on any of the Hack Sets below or any other relating to it.


Solutions focusing on transactions with emphasis on fairness and transparency.


Solutions focusing on law enforcements and regulations within an industry.


Solutions focusing on protection and preservation.

Programme of Events

Friday, April 27th 2018

09:00 - 09:30 Registration, Welcome.
09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast.
10:30 - 11:00 Introduction and Welcome Address.
11:00 - 11:30 Design Thinking Session.
11:30 - 12:00 Hackathon Day 1 Starts.
12:30 - 13:30 Python Training Day 1 starts.
15:00 - 15:30 Lunch Break.
18:00 - 18:30 Python Training Day 1 ends
19:00 - 19:30 Hackathon Day 1 ends / Review

Saturday, April 28th 2018

09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
10:00 - 10:30 Hackathon Day 2 Starts
11:00 - 11:30 Python Training Day 2 Starts.
14:30 - 15:00 Lunch Break.
17:30 - 18:00 Python Training Day 2 Ends.
18:00 - 18:30 Speech by Sponsors and Partners .
19:00 - 19:30 Pitching Contest and Selection of Top 3
19:30 - 19:45 Closing and Vote of Thanks.
19:30 - 20:30 Networking with Light refreshment.
20:30 End of HackWeakEnd Event.

Prizing for Top 3 Teams

Our prizing was designed to reward creativity and help push the top teams and their winning ideas to market/beneficiaries quickly , also looking at the right market fit. At this moment, we have secured prizes from our benevolent partners as listed below.
  • Amazon FireHD Tablet (from PointClick)
  • 1 Year Free Software licence to any JetBrains IDE( from JetBrains)
  • Additional online training resources via Udemy(from PointClick)
  • Probable Funding/ Investment opportunity(from PointClick)
  • Mentorship by Mr Malik Khan
  • Amazon Echo Dot (from PointClick)
  • Additional online training resources via Udemy(from PointClick)
  • Probable Funding/ Investment opportunity(from PointClick)
  • Free Cloud Hosting Subscription(from PointClick)
  • Amazon Echo Dot (from PointClick)
  • Additional online training resources via Udemy(from PointClick)
  • Probable Funding/ Investment opportunity(from PointClick)
  • Free Cloud Hosting Subscription(from PointClick)

Participation and Registration

We will be having a Hackathon which will focus on the issues and ills affecting the fishing industry in the Gambia where tech people, industry experts etc come together to build tech solutions.
Another component will be a training to expose enthusiats and those wanting to know how programs, software and coding works to the Python Programming Language.

To participate in the hackathon as a solution developer or to attend the python training, or you just want to see how Hackathons and tech events work, you are required to register.
Please use the appropriate link below


Hackathon Participation

For those willing to participate in the hackathon to create solutions for issues affecting the fishing industry

Software Dev Training

For those willing to kickstart their software development careeer using python.

* Please be sure to read the Code of Conduct and the Terms & Conditions .

HackWeakEnd Merchandise

Proceeds from the HackWeakEnd merchandise will go to a social cause to help push technology implementation in local communities.
Please support this social cause by buying.
Contact us to get your own custom HackWeakEnd merchandise, Thank you.

Partners & Sponsors

The generosity and love from partners & sponsors cannot be overemphasized and it went a long way to help us achieve these collective responsibility.
We are still open to partnerships and sponsorships for future events

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