Hack scalable EdTech with the African Coding Network

Hacktoberfest Online Meetup

Saturday October 10, 2020
9:00am to 9:00pm UTC+02
Event is hosted online

Event Description

African Coding Network

The African Coding Network is an Open Source community of coding schools and industry partners across Africa training the next generation of junior developers.

Our Ed Tech Platform

We've developed open source tools to enable existing coding schools to improve their quality of training while reducing their cost to deliver. As part of Hacktoberfest, we will be working on our simulated agile learning environment creating and improving design, content, curriculum and features. We've curated an issue list to make it simple to participate, no matter your skills level. Everyone is welcome!

Join us!

Join the official ACN open-source launch event as we take you through our theory of change and into the details of the ACN EdTech platform, TILDE, and show how to get involved.

What to dive in or get acquainted? Take a look at the repos:

Tilde Code Base:

Syllabus hugo site:

Join the discussion on Discord

This is an opportunity to make your mark on African Education, and empower African coding schools to better prepare the next generation of professional developers!

For Hacktoberfest, we’ll be focusing on two repos: Tilde and our syllabus. You will learn your way around the repos and we’ll try our best to help you to make some meaningful PRs.


Hacktoberfest — brought to you by DigitalOcean in partnership with Dev & Intel — is a month-long celebration of open-source software. Maintainers are invited to guide would-be contributors towards issues that will help move the project forward, and contributors get the opportunity to give back to both projects they like and others they've just discovered. No contribution is too small — bug fixes and documentation updates are valid ways of participating.

Can't make it to this online meetup? Hacktoberfest is virtual and open to participants from around the globe. Sign up to participate today.

Rules and Rewards

First, sign up on the Hacktoberfest site at https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com. To qualify for the official limited edition Hacktoberfest shirt, you must register and make four pull requests between October 1-31. Pull requests can be to any public repo on GitHub, not just the ones with issues labelled Hacktoberfest. If a maintainer reports your pull request as spam or spammy behaviour, or not in line with the project’s code of conduct, you will be ineligible to participate.

Connect with other Hacktoberfest participants by using @DigitalOcean, @hacktoberfest, #hacktoberfest on your social media platform of choice.

New to DigitalOcean? Receive USD $100 in infrastructure credit at https://do.co/hacktoberfest100.

Event code of conduct

Hacktoberfest meetups are welcoming, open, and inclusive. Please read our Events Code of Conduct before attending. Happy hacking!

Who can attend?

Locations have different requirements for who can attend. This location is open to the following:


9:00-9:30 Welcome: What is the African Coding Network?
ACN Lead: Introduction to the African Coding Network. How we are partnering with African coding schools to scale Tech education.

9:30-10:15 Introducing TILDE: the open-source EdTech platform
TILDE CTO: The brains behind the tech supporting coding schools to improve their quality of training while reducing their costs.

10:15-10:30 Q&A

10:30- 10:45 Break

10:45-11.30: How to get involved
How to contribute to our open-source syllabus and codebase.
Go through issues and claim issues to work on.
Join the open-source community!

11:30: Happy Hacking
Work with your new team on tickets or work in your own time post-event.
Flexibility. It's up to you :)

11:30-13:00 Facilitated hacking
The ACN team will be available to help you navigate the repros and make your first contribution throughout the day.

Links & Resources


Chat platform where all the activities and fun happens.

Open link →

Hosted by

Warwick Vlantis and 3 others

The African Coding network is building infrastructure to scale tech education across Africa. The ACN supports a community African coding schools and stakeholder to collaborate to meet the tech skills shortage in Africa. The network is enabled through an open-source EdTech project, helping schools improve their training while increasing access for young Africans.