Elections Hackathon


Democracies depend on electoral processes to facilitate the proper selection of national representatives, making it of paramount importance that these processes work. For this to be possible, citizen participation is of great importance, and one way to make this happen is to make sure that citizens have access to election information

Technology, as we all know, is an important conduit to all aspects of development. Many nonprofits around the world are utilizing the power of technology to streamline their work and to offer people tools and platforms that they can use to improve their lives.

Consequently, Gambia Participates, in partnership with the Disruptive Lab intends to host a hackathon for technologists to further develop Marble, a mobile application developed to ease access to election information.

Event Date: 18th – 20th March, 2021

Application Dateline: 12th March, 2021 at 23:59

Venue: Disruptive Lab

Inquiry: Contact us on (+220) 4380725 or info@gambiaparticipate.org


The Goal of this hackathon is to further develop and improve on the Marble application to facilitate better information deliver thus better election reporting. The objectives are as follows:

  1. Develop Marble for the iOS and Android platform.
  2. Develop a well-designed, bespoke backend dashboard for data management and delivery.
  3. Better app theming: logos, colors, icons etc. (UI/UX)
  4. For more information about the the desired features and functionalities, download the pdf below.


To be eligible to participate in the hackathon you should fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Fill and submit the application before the stipulated deadline.
  2. Be a team of 2-5 members: nothing less than 2, or more than 5.
  3. Have the appropriate tools for the event. E.g. a computer/laptop.
  4. Note: only five selected teams will partake in the hackathon.


The Marble mobile application, named after the unique marble stone used in elections in The Gambia since independence in 1965, is a digital tool created in 2018 to provide up-to-date,
timely and accurate election information to electorates and, as well, facilitate to election
transparency and accountability.

It was made freely available to the public on the Google Play Store – it is currently only designed for the android platform – during the 2018 Local Government Election for first usage and testing. A thousand plus citizens used the app as a reference point during the election even though it was launched a week before elections.

Since its launch in 2018, the application has recorded both local and international reactions.