Hackathon event to tackle the problem of gambling addiction in Rwanda

On 24 January 2023 at 09:50

Next week, on 31st January, Gibraltar-based gaming consultancy Crucial Compliance will make its first entry into Africa with the aim of preventing gambling addiction and supporting companies in the gaming sector to increase consumer protections.

The consultancy, whose team has decades of experience in the industry, is interested in preventing individuals from suffering from gambling addiction in the country and is hosting an interactive forum and hackathon to explore these issues.

The event, which is free to attend, will be hosted at Ikawa Rooftop Cafe in Kigali City on 31st January from 5-7pm.

It is being supported by social development agency, Adam Bradford Agency and youth development NGO, Rwanda Opportunities Organization (RwandOpp).

The event will see entrepreneurs pitch ideas to support the gaming sector and the business sector and guests debate the topic with a panel of experts.

Whilst regimes in Europe and America are vigorously working to satisfy shareholders, governments and Regulators with their plethora of safer gambling measures, Africa remains a ripe market for operators to implement operations with some regulations and awareness of problem gambling lagging behind.

With active partners across Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa, Crucial is working alongside strategic consultancy Adam Bradford Agency to implement its action plan for the region. The founder of the agency, Adam Bradford, lived through his father David’s hidden gambling addiction which led to him being jailed for fraud in 2014 after stealing to fund his out of control habit. Adam has since garnered significant experience working in the UK policy sector and with industry to implement safer gambling programmes.

In Rwanda, new gambling licences have been recently suspended by MINICOM, the Ministry for Trade and Industry, further backed up by the Ministry of Sports, in order to ensure continued compliance.

The events are part of a wider series across Africa which will see one of the globe’s leading experts in this area propose solutions and bring stakeholders together in this unique and engaging debate, with a commitment to tackling gambling related problems head on in the future.

Paul Foster, the CEO of Crucial Compliance commented: ‘We are really excited to be hosting these Hackathons and are looking forward to being welcomed by Rwanda. We know that across the continent, issues relating to gambling harm often go unnoticed and we are keen to reduce the stigma associated with gambling addiction and help the sector to implement safer gambling practices and work with the Government on strengthening regulation, just as we have done in many other markets.

I encourage everyone with an interest to come along to the event, contribute to the debate and join us for what will be a thought-provoking session on this important topic."

For more information and to sign up to attend, visit www.safegamblinghackathon.com.

L-R: Adam Bradford, the CEO of Adam Bradford Agency and Paul Foster, the CEO of Crucial Compliance.Photo by Katch International