UmojaHack Egypt: Running Distance Accuracy Challenge by UmojaHack Africa
EGP 30,000
Help Optomatica optimise distance measurements in a running tracker app
125 data scientists enrolled, 61 on the leaderboard
11 December 2020—12 December 2020
37 hours

This is a private hackathon open to UmojaHack Egypt participants. If you are a university student in Egypt and would like to participate, contact Zindi Ambassador Karim Amer.

Registration Steps

  • Create an account on Zindi
  • Submit your information including a proof of enrollment (university ID card for example) here.
  • Wait for the secret code to be sent on mail and use it to register in the hackathon here.

In this challenge, our aim is to quantify the differences between two distance measurement sources that are used for a run tracking app. We know that one of the two sources provides us with accurate distance values, which we will use as our benchmark. The other source's distance has some inaccuracy.

Your task is to build a model that can minimise the gaps between distance values across the track to achieve a similar total track distance from both sources. The model will learn the distance calculation mechanism from the benchmark source to be able to correct distance values from the other source.

How to prepare for UmojaHack

  1. Add your university to your profile. Watch this YouTube video.
  2. Practice on a challenge and make your first Zindi submission. Watch this YouTube video.
  3. Make a team in preparation for UmojaHack. Watch this YouTube video.

About Microsoft (

This hackathon is sponsored by Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft). Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Microsoft has operated in Africa for more than 25 years. In that time they have built strong partnerships across the continent, helped bridge gaps in infrastructure, connectivity and capability, and are working to empower countries in Africa to digitally transform while creating sustained societal impact. Earlier this year, Microsoft opened Africa’s first hyper-scale data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Most recently, the company also announced the opening of two Africa Development Centers in Nairobi and Lagos, where world-class African talent can create innovative solutions for local and global impact.

About IEEE SAC Egypt (

IEEE Egypt Section was established at September 8, 1955, as the second IEEE section outside the USA and in region 8.

About Optomatica (

Optomatica is a deep-tech consulting company specializing in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Optimization. At Optomatica, we have extensive expertise and know-how in developing innovative AI solutions and well-integrated designs that make us stand out in the global market.

At Optomatica, we have extensive expertise and know-how in developing innovative AI solutions and well integrated designs that make us stand out in the global market. Our highly qualified teams are experienced in all development aspects from initiating intellectual ideas in AI and ML – Intellectual Property Development, to production teams – Rapid Product Development, and design teams – UI and UX designs.