A short word from NRF's C.E.O on the 2024 hackathon

Become an Exhibitor

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What to Gain?

Participate in this Year's Competitive Hackathon

Get Inspired

By learning competitive skills from your peers.

Meet New Faces

By interacting with fellow hackers-in-residence.

Fresh Tech Insights

From our moderators and speakers during the hacking-breaks.

Networking Session

Grow your network with people from the same hacking community.

Skills Training

A touch of emerging cybersec skills

Free Swags

Get hacker merch to compliment your hack play area


Participate in this Year's Competitive Hackathon

The National Research Fund has organised this Hackathon in line with the objective of promoting CyberSecurity Research and Innovation in Kenya.

What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where individuals, usually programmers, come together to collaborate intensively on software projects within a short timeframes. During a hackathon, participants work on ideas, develop prototypes, or solve specific problems, typically with a focus on innovation and creativity.

NRF 2024 Hackathon

In this year's hackathon, the NRF's main focus is on promoting Cybersecurity Research and innovation. Competitors will showcase their skills and compete to win the different prizes offered in the hackathon.

Our Partners

Our partners in making the NRF hackathon possible

Safari Park Hotel

Along Thika Road

June 6th - 7th, 2024

09:00 AM(6th) – 10:00 AM(7th)

Have You Registered?

Hurry up! few positions are left

Free Lunch & Snacks

Don’t miss it

Event Schedules

Below are the order of events for the Hackathon

Hackers are expected to arrive and complete the necessary registration tasks. Group registration and account provision will be done at this stage.

Location: Safari Park Hotel

Hackathon is officialy started, competitions commence and the groups get to tackle the first set of challenges against each other.

Location: Safari Park Hotel

The height of the competition. Stakes are raised and the challenges are increased in difficulty. Overnight grit is achieved.

Location: Safari Park Hotel

Teammates are expected to finalize on their innovation/coding projects as described in the hackathon

Location:Safari Park Hotel

Presentations of the final projects will be done by all teams and graded at this juncture.

Location: Safari Park Hotel

Awards are presented to the respective winning teams after the stretch of competitions, challenges and presentations

Location: Safari Park Hotel

Awards are presented to the respective winning teams after the stretch of competitions, challenges and presentations

Location: Safari Park Hotel

Mentors On Board

Mentors for NRF Hackathon 2024

Eng. Andrew Masila

Keynote Speaker

Robert Ochieng

C.E.O & Co Founder Abojani

Njoroge Kinyanjui

Training Lead, KCSFA.

Dr. Njeri Ngaruiya

ICT4D Senior Researcher

Mbugua Njihia

Venture Builder / Architect

Clive Onsomu

CEH, CHFI, Lec, Consultant

Sylvance Sange

IP Specialist

Dr Jared Menecha

Education Expert

Dr. Rickline Ng'ayo 

NC, Training Committees

Prof. Henry Bwisa


Lawrence Muchilwa

CyberSecurity Leader

Gilbert Nyandeje

CEO Enovise Group

Hackathon Judges

Judges for the NRF Hackathon 2024

Tyrus Kamau

PDT Leverage Experts GmbH

Tonya Nyakeya

S&E Engagement Specialist

Daniel Owuor

Head of Tech., SunCulture

John Walubengo

MSc, Strategic Business IT

Mr Kiptoo, HSC

CM – IT Infrastructure, KRA

Mr. Gichuki J

DI. OnNet Group

Esther Muchiri

CEO eMentoring Africa

Participation and Winning

How to participate in the 2024 NRF CyberSecurity Hackathon

Who is eligible to participate?
  • Current undergraduate students taking a degree or diploma in IT / Computer Science / CyberSecurity / Digital Forensics
  • At least up to 30 professionals who graduated one year ago with an undergraduate Degree / Diploma in IT /Computer Science / CyberSecurity / Digital Forensics

  • Participants will be expected to form groups of up to FIVE members with diversified skill sets.
    1. Application Deadline: 1st May 2024
    2. Website: www.nrf.go.ke/hackathon
    3. Email: registration@nrf.go.ke

    There will be prizes for the winners at the group level as outlined below:

  • Top 1st Winner: Ksh 600,000 (For the group) + Laptop for each member
  • 1st Runners Up: Ksh 400,000 (For the group) + Tablet for each member
  • 2nd Runners Up: Ksh 250,000 (For the group) + Smart Watches

  • Research and Innovation:
  • Best Innovation: Ksh 200,000 (For the group)
  • 1st Runners Up: Ksh 150,000 (For the group)
  • 2nd Runners Up: Ksh 100,000 (For the group)

  • More details will be provided upon registration and confirmation

    Data Protection Compliance

    We have complied with data protection best practices and your data will only be used to facilitate on-boarding and management of participants.

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