Moto Republik has joined hands with global social media giant Facebook to host the last Bots for Messenger Challenge 2017. The challenge is set to be held on Sat, April 22, 20178:00 AM – 8:00 PM CATSat, April 22, 2017 at the Moto Republik Hub in Harare.
In a statement, Moto Republic stated that Facebook has been promoting innovation across the Middle East and Africa, providing startups with the tools they need to build, grow, monetize, and measure. Facebook grew out of a hacker culture, and thrives on seeking out and promoting innovation on new platforms.
By David Zvina
That’s why they are launching the Bots for Messenger Challenge, a contest to recognize and reward developers who are able to create the most innovative new bots across the Middle East and Africa. Moto Republik will partner with Facebook for one of the last hackathons for the “Bots For Messenger Challenge” which will focus on Social Good, with winners standing a chance to win a grand total of USD $20 000.” said Moto Republic.
They added that the initiative would help bring about social good withing Zimbabwea. Social Good is an action that provides some sort of benefit to the general public in the greatest possible way.
The Moto Republik Messenger Bots Hackathon for Social Good will be a full day event on Saturday 22 April 2017 bringing together Zimbabwe’s emerging civic hackers, programmers, designers, data experts, civic organizers, social entrepreneurs and public sector practitioners who will converge to build Messenger bots that solve various social problems in Zimbabwe.
Bots created before February 15, 2017 will not be eligible to participate.Furthermore the Bots must comply with all Facebook for developers Messenger Platform developer guidelines and rules, and use the Messenger Platform API.
Bots must be created on the Facebook Messenger Platform (but entrant may use any third-party tool to create or add functionality). Bots on any other platform will not be accepted.Bots must be created by people in the Entrant’s home region of either (i) the Middle East and North Africa or (ii) Sub-Saharan Africa.Bots may be in any language (or combination of languages).
Only the Bot Submission must be entirely in English.It is optional to submit a link to an online video of the bot, but if you do, the video must be under 2 minutes long.Bots can be submitted by an individual, a team of up to 3 people, or as an organization
It should noted that that are bots shall be judged on Technical Quality,Non-Technical Quality and also User Experience.