The Grassroots Addressing and Identity Network (GAIN) hackathon is an opportunity for developers to build software solutions that drive social impact, with the aim of tackling some of the challenges related to addressing and identity management in Africa.

The hackathon welcomes innovations by entrepreneurs based in Africa or from the diaspora developed with a focus on addressing Africa’s local challenges. The challenge is open to all developers, with support from any technology companies and platforms.

Winners at the hackathon will be supported with interest-free grants, mentorship and exposure tours that will exponentially increase their chances at success. The programme will culminate in an award event where winners will be awarded. This event is designed to bring together innovators, regulators and key government players.

Given the security and economic crisis Africa is currently experiencing, there is an ever-growing need for strategic planning by leaders, government agencies and corporate players in the continent. 

Key to future economic planning is the question of population size, identity management and addressing. Yet, only a few countries within the continental have been able to conveniently solve the issue of citizens identification. 

Our goal is to create a space where Africans developing innovations within the grassroots addressing and identity space can ideate, experiment and build solutions to help address this crisis efficiently and profitably.


  • Identity and addressing 
  • African and Africa based Operations in Africa)
  • Less than 5 years
  • From an idea on a sheet to an idea used globally