The East Africa Anti-Corruption Blockchain Hackathon hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) came to an end on the 9th of December 2020 following an 8-week period of hacking. The completion was set appropriately, ending during the Global Anti-Corruption week. Kotani Labs was a proud partner of this one-of-a-kind event which attracted 13 solutions by talented teams, and a total of 143 participants.

The team that emerged top at the virtual event was Team Planet Shakers whose solution is a platform on the Celo Blockchain that allows for the safe filing of complaints by whistleblowers while protecting their identity. The runners-up were Team Uptech, who also focused on whistleblower protection, building their solution on the Hyperledger platform. The second runners-up were Team Sentinel, whose solution is a financial platform on the Celo Blockchain for secure remittances and transfer of assets involving whistleblowers to ensure financial security.

The award ceremony took place on the 9th of December, 2020 at Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club. It was graced by his Excellency the governor of Kiambu County, Dr. James Nyoro, among other dignitaries.

Event graced by his Excellency the Governor of Kiambu County and other dignitaries

Dr. James Nyoro, Governor of Kiambu County
Dr. Amado Phillip The UNODC ROEA Representative
Roy Sasaka CEO, National Youth Council
Dr. Felix Macharia, CEO of Kotani Pay, one of the organizers of the hackathon.

At Kotani Labs, we believe in exploring how Blockchain technology can be used as a force of good with positive social impact in Africa. Beyond the hackathon, alongside our partners such as the UNODC, we continue to seek out and support solutions that are aligned with this mission.

With the increasing number of Blockchain startups on the continent, we believe that is our shared responsibility having seen the power and potential of the Blockchain to change lives, to change the negative narrative that Blockchain is all about crypto. This narrative has been spun especially on our continent following the prevalent crypto scams.

It is especially encouraging to see developments in both the traditional finance and public sectors with PayPal and Africa’s Chipper Cash supporting the purchase of BTC on their platform, and the Central Bank Digital currencies being launched by China and in Europe.

Having been a part of such an elevating experience at the hackathon, we at Kotani Pay keep working towards making a difference on our continent by being a voice against corruption, and offering financial inclusion to uplift the millions on our continent who have been left out. We stand against corruption, and we have your best interest at heart.

Carbon Neutral Blockchain infrastructure provider and validator. Developers of @kotanipay.