Entries for the in-person Kenya DataHacks4fI country competition are now closed. You can still enter the virtual competition that runs from mid to end April – provided you have not already participated in the in-person event already. Registrations close on 14 April 2017 and final submissions from registered teams are due on the 25th.
The competition kicked off with a breakfast meeting on 24 March with a keynote speech and panel discussion.
The keynote speech was given by Betty Wilkinson, chief executive officer of FSDZ, and highlighted the importance of data availability, accessibility, and privacy, in driving financial inclusion in Zambia. She emphasized the need for collaboration amongst financial service providers (FSPs) and Fintechs, and the responsibility of young people in driving financial inclusion. She encouraged them to imagine innovations with implications beyond the Zambian market.
The panel discussion was facilitated by Simunza Muyangana, co-founder and director of entrepreneurship at BongoHive; and the discussion explored the role that data plays in financial inclusion, with a focus on inclusive insurance markets. There were 4 panelists including: Mauwa Lungu from FSDZ, Kambole Chituwo from IAZ, Celina Lee from insight2impact (i2i), and Webster Twaambo from Professional Insurance.
Pooled databases of claims history across insurers could be used to reduce fraud and encourage outreach to riskier segments;
Credible, relevant, and timely data could be used to enable real-time pricing of premiums based on actual behavior;
Alternative data could be used to address the limited coverage of formal financial information in credit bureaus; and
Data can be used to understand and match products and services with consumer behavior and financial needs.
Following the breakfast meeting, 7 teams of data enthusiasts arrived for a 48-hour DataHack4FI immersion experience. Competitors were given access to FinScope Zambia datasets from 2005, 2009, and 2015, as well as GIS data collected in Zambia in 2015. They were challenged to use the data to address how smart phone technology can be used to increase up-take of insurance in Zambia.
With guidance from the support team, the competitors worked to develop a prototype or concept to pitch to a panel of 3 judges to win a chance to represent Rwanda in the finals of the DataHack4FI competition in May 2017. There were 4 coaches including: Uloma Ogba from UNCDF, Collins Musamba from Zoona, Mark Mondoka from Venivi and, Francis Mumbi from Stanbic Bank Zambia. Additional support was provided by Dumisani Dube and Celina Lee from i2i; and Elias Chipimo, a board member of FSD Zambia.
The teams attended two days of master classes, brainstorming, prototyping and data hacking and were ready to pitch their solutions to a team of judges on Sunday, 26 March. The judges included Simunza Muyangana and Lukonga Lindunda from BongoHive, and Manoj Chiba from i2i.
Seven teams were selected to move to the next round where they will have a series of meet-up sessions listed below, which will take place on April 7th, 13th and 21st at BongoHive in Lusaka from 18:30 – 20:00.
Meetup 1: How to design a business model
Meetup 2: Introduction to the series and data analysis and visualisation
Meetup 3: How to pitch your solution
DataHack4 FI Finals: Friday, 28 April, time TBD
The DataHack4FI competition in Zambia forms part of the pan-African insight2impact (i2i) DataHack4FI competition series that brings together the brightest minds in Africa to come up with data-driven solutions for financial inclusion.
Meet the teams from Zambia
According to FinScope 2015 only 33.7 percent of adults in Zambia are financially included. While levels of financial exclusion have reduced since the past few years, financial inclusion remains relatively low and therefore of significant concern to both policymakers and financial service providers alike.
This past weekend, BongoHive and Insight to Impact launched the Data Innovation Competition to advance financial inclusion and also hosted a 2.5-day hackathon with the participants of the competition. The hackathon attracted about 25 participants, awesome and eager to create solutions to solve problems in financial inclusion and insurance in Zambia.
Seven (7) teams emerged during the hackathon.
Team I-Tech Reagan Tembo (Team leader), Rose Tembo, Katuta Besa
A device called Polani health care. The Polani health care device is a medicine dispenser, alarm, and reminder. It will be able to take records of the patient’s or client’s medication intake. With the usage of this device, a significant amount of data will be generated which will further be refined and analysed to gain insights. Insurance companies will be able to use this data and generate strategic analysis for making better business decisions. For eg: a patient with poor intake habits will be charged a higher health insurance premium than one with good intake habits. Data from this device will help insurers to continuously monitor information about their customers.
Team Blockheads Mwiza Simbeye (Team leader), Patrick Sikalinda, Paul Joseph Mapulanga, Richard Nsama, Fred Samani & King Kalaluka
A mobile app called ZINGA to help decrease number of financial exclusions in rural areas. The app will offer money transfer, savings & insurance at the nearest local point Hospitals/ Clinics. Schools. Shops. Zinga offers a platform that will allow an individual to send, receive, save (alone or Group) and also get any insurance that will suit their needs at the nearest accessible point like schools, churches, hospitals/clinics and/or shops.
Team Initiative Moonga Chowa (Team leader), Ernest Mafuta & Peter Nkonde
A mobile and USSD app called Chilimba to assist people to join savings groups, sends alerts on withdrawals and deposits to all members. A team leader controlling the app can send a join or reject message to people. Once they accept the invitation to join savings group, they are directed to team leaders location (school, hospital, supermarket) where they can deposit money and start saving.
Team Nemo Aubry Lungu (Team leader)
Loan Inclusion mobile app that allows one to view loan options, access a loan and pay back the loan using talk time credit top ups.
A mobile application with insurance services’ options for students. The app will act as a bridge between the insurance providers and students. Students can have the option of paying insurance premiums using Paypal and mobile money. Insurance companies are the customer, students are the users.
An application to financially include agriculturalists/farmers by linking them with FSPs and Insurance companies offering products and services ideal for agriculturalists or farmers. For eg: a product that allows them to use livestock as collateral to get a loan or to pay as an insurance premium. And also educate them on their options.
Team Outsource Now Vernon Ushibantu (Team leader), Adam Dawoodjee, Chisepo Chirwa and Mukopaje Singogo
A payment gateway system for different payments such as insurance premiums, deposits for savings and withdrawals using Z’pos centres as agents. This is to make savings and insurance services convenient for those unable to reach the bank or insurance company.
The Coaches were:
Mark Mondoka – Strategic Advisor at Microsoft
Elias Chipimo – FSDZ Board member
Uloma Ogba – Knowledge Management Specialist at UNCDF
Collins Masumba – Customer insights agent at Zoona
Francis Mumbi – Head, Products Segments and Pricing, Stanbic Bank.
Simunza Muyangana – co-founder & Head of entrepreneurship BongoHive.
What next? After the pitch event, all the 7 teams were selected to enter a 4-week mentorship and accelerator program with i2i this April 2017.
On 25th April 2017, the final pitch event will take place where the winner will be picked. The winning team will proceed to attend and take part in the Transform Africa summit in Kigali, Rwanda in May 2017.
Image gallery of DataHack4FI Zambia Launch
How do you compete virtually?
The virtual hackathon will be held for four weeks from 28 March – 25 April 2017. There is no fee to participate, but all participants must be from one of the following countries: Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique, Senegal, Uganda, Ghana or Tanzania. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate participants from other countries at this time. Each team should have no more than five members.