Create innovative hardware + software projects with Holiday-fy

Use Your Creativity to Build Projects That Benefit the World! (Nov, 2020 - Jan, 2021)

What is Holiday-fy?

Holiday-fy is a hackathon-research program run by Mathisi-fy, a 501(c)(3) student-lead non-profit organization where we provide passionate students with an opportunity to learn the ropes of computer science/engineering by enabling them to start their own hands-on projects while mentoring them on their journey. We aim to host an all-inclusive event that allows students to express their creativity and eliminate the social and economic obstacles surrounding programming and STEM. There will be prizes, free swag, and awesome tech speakers from the industry! The Holiday-fy event will run from November 7th, 2020 - January 7th, 2021

Participants who are unable to financially fund their projects have the opportunity to apply for a grant, where they can receive the necessary funding for hardware + software components for their innovations.

At Holiday-fy, we strive to solve most pressing issues in our local communities. This year, Holiday-fy will focus on tackling two tracks...

COVID-19 Community

During the COVID-19 pandemic, local communities and groups are more vulnerable than ever. How can we help those around us cope together when we are isolated? How can we provide easy access to the ever-changing updates in the healthcare system? Innovate a hardware + software project that benefits and supports your local community during the COVID-19 pandemic


Billions of accounts are hacked each year due to the lack of cybersecurity in our everyday lives. How can we support our local communities by securing our school, business and recreational networks? How can we increase our online cybersecurity presence through hardware and software? Innovate a hardware + software project that makes the cyber-world a safer place


How It Works

1) Register/Apply

  • Fill out the registration or grant form. On the grant form, You will answer questions about your project and your interests in technology.
  • Once you've completed the written application on the grant form, we will schedule an interview to get to know you better!

2) Create/Construct

  • During this phase, you may start creating your hardware + software project
  • You can take inspiration from our two pathaways: the cybersecurity track and the local COVID-19 community track. However, you may choose to create a project outside of these two fields

3) Analyze/Revise

  • Once you have completed the first drafts of your projects, mentors will be available to assist and support you on your journey
  • This is the phase where you can ask questions, explore your project vision, prepare for the presentation, and improve your innovation.

4) Present/Publish!

  • Publish and present your project to our team and a panel of sponsors. Demonstrate your innovation's functionalities and your design process
  • The panel will judge and provide constructive feedback about your innovation. Through the presentation, you will have a chance to win hardware prizes


Swag, Tech, and More!

Overall Grand Prize

Best COVID-19 Community Hack

Best CyberSecurity Hack

Best Beginner Hack

Hardware Hack 1st Place

Best All-Female Hack

Free T-Shirts + Stickers for all

And Many More to Be Announced!


The Mathisi-fy Team

Dylan Iskandar

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Pratish Rai

Co-Founder, Vice President of Workshops

Winston Iskandar

President, Financial Officer

Chimdi Jane Samuel

Mathisi-fy Nigeria, Secretary

Mark Musisha

Mathisi-fy Zambia, Community Lead

Audrey Lee

Vice President of Outreach, Author

Jeremiah Jacob

Mathisi-fy Nigeria, Author

Emily Doami

Girls Advancing Leadership in STEM Rep.

David Tembo

Mathisi-fy Zambia, Outreach

William Zhang

Machine Learning and AI, Author

Jackson Mwanaumo

Mathisi-fy Zambia, Info. Technologies

Mwansa Mwansa

Mathisi-fy Zambia, Author

Isamar Zhu

Communications, Author

Abubakar Haruna

Mathisi-fy Nigeria, Community

Jada Yip

Graphic Design and Marketing

Lembani Sakala

Mathisi-fy Zambia, Networking


Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will Holiday-fy run, and who can participate?

    The Holiday-fy event will run from November 7th, 2020 - January 7th, 2021. ALL students (middle school - university) are welcome to attend. If you are older or younger and still want to participate as a maker, shoot us an email. If you're older, we welcome you to sign-up as a mentor/volunteer!

  • Yes! You may participate and still engage in the full Holiday-fy experience even if you are not a grant recipient. Holiday-fy offers participants grants only if they are unable to financially fund their project independently.

  • You can apply for a grant here: ( The application will ask you about your project's logistics (how you plan to create it, what you plan to create etc..). Make us as excited about your project as you are!

  • Once you have completed the application process, we will schedule a Zoom/phone interview with you to learn more about you and your project. Once you're project is approved, we will provide the funding and reimburse you for the necessary hardware + software parts.

  • Your team can have up to 4️ people! You can select teammates when you register, or you can register individually without specified teammates. If you don’t have a team now, that’s okay ! We’ll have team formation and ideation events geared towards helping you find people to work with.

  • You'll have the opportunity to submit your project to 1️ (and only one!) of our tracks, making you eligible for that track prize! During our event, we'll also be providing each track with its own set of ideation resources. You're not required to submit your hack to a track, but you will need to in order to be considered for our track prizes. Tracks are meant to enhance the Holiday-fy experience, but if there truly isn't a track for you, don't worry! Projects submitted without a track are still eligible for sponsor challenges and Holiday-fy Grand Prizes 🏆.

  • Right here! Code of Conduct Link

  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns! We'd love to hear from you.


Contact Us


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