“Hack the Mara” competition now open to African creators and developers to tackle last mile payment challenges  


Mara, the Pan-African blockchain platform, has announced the launch of the "Hack The Mara" competition, which will take place from the 17th to the 26th of September 2022. This announcement is in line with Mara's commitment to motivate developers to "build the future of Africa on Web3," and it comes as part of Mara's efforts to fulfill this commitment.

The purpose of the Mara Hackathon is to challenge participants to develop decentralized applications that offer enduring solutions for tracking last-mile payments and to engage participants in this endeavor. It is anticipated that the ideas that were prototyped during the hackathon will boost the financial viability of existing conservation efforts in the Mara in order to improve people's standard of living.

The tournament will consist of five phases, the first of which will take place online, while the fifth and final round will be held in person in Kenya. The best eight teams will be invited for a physical hack in the Mara, where they will be hosted at Ishara. This will be a first of its kind event anywhere in the globe. Ishara is an immersive experience that is committed to protecting the wildlife, the communities, and the land of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, which is an internationally significant conservation area. Ishara is located in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Kate Kallot, Co-Founder and Chief Effect Officer of Mara, stated that "Blockchain for social impact is at the center of everything we do at Mara" while elaborating on the significance of the competition. The mission of our non-profit foundation is to "empower problem-solvers to design blockchain solutions that promote long-term beneficial, social and environmental change in Africa," and this will be accomplished by providing a platform for problem-solvers to network and share ideas.

The hackathon, which is being held in cooperation with Circle, the company that issued USD Coin (USDC) and Euro Coin, will present a challenge to developers to leverage blockchain technology for payment transparency by means of USSD and M-Pesa. Developers are at the center of everything we do here at Circle. Our expectation is that there will be further innovations in technology that will make financial services more accessible, efficient, and scalable. "We are excited to give African innovators an opportunity to build solutions that may change the world, and certainly the world of finance," said Sandra Persing, Vice President of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Relations and Ecosystem Marketing at Circle. "We are excited to give African innovators an opportunity to build solutions that may change the world and certainly the world of finance."

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Antler, a global early-stage venture capital firm and start-up builder, will provide the solution that wins with the option to participate in the Antler Nairobi program. This will allow the winner to further develop their idea into a business and maybe get investment. A group of judges will give each participant a score based on their originality, inventiveness, analytical skills, strategic thinking, and ability to put their ideas into action in the real world. In addition, the best solutions will be eligible for grants and prizes worth up to one hundred thousand dollars, as well as opportunities for additional funding from the Mara Foundation and/or its partners.

The implementation of these intelligent technologies is going to have a profound and far-reaching effect on a wide variety of fronts, ranging from the revitalization and empowerment of communities to the protection and preservation of our natural resources and the natural world. We are thrilled to be the ones to spearhead these efforts together with Mara. We are excited to have creative creators visit our camp and look forward to providing them with the opportunity to experience the enchantment of Ishara and Mara. Said Azhar Madhani is one of the co-founders of the company Ishara.

Most importantly, the most effective solutions will be given the chance to be tested in collaboration with local conservancies in the Masai Mara, where they will be able to make an effect in the real world. "We are looking forward to understanding how this technology can make a sustainable use of data and help uncover a sustainable financing solution that can be beneficial to the local communities in addressing environmental challenges," said Victor Ohuruogu, Senior Africa Regional Manager at the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. "We are looking forward to understanding how this technology can make a sustainable use of data and help uncover a sustainable financing solution that can be beneficial to the local communities in addressing environmental challenges." " It is an honor for us to witness African technologists come together in our beloved Masai Mara National Reserve in order to produce creative solutions that are powered by data. "

The use of blockchain technology has the potential to take financial services and payment solutions for the last mile to entirely new levels. According to Chi Nnadi, Co-founder and CEO of Mara, "With a focused emphasis on solving actual local concerns, these innovators may produce internationally relevant solutions and influence the future of banking."

On August 5th, the window for participants to sign up for the "Hack The Mara" competition will close. On the website of the Mara Foundation, located at marafoundation.org/hackathons, innovators and developers from all over the continent who are interested in participating are encouraged to sign up.

For any additional information, please contact;

Mercy Akamo

E: mercy@mara.xyz