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FULL LIST: MTN App Challenge Winners Deliver Local Solutions to Community Needs

MTN CEO Vanhelleputte poses for a photo with the overall winners

Team JustGo, order a mobile application which intends to solve the problem of queues for tickets at bus packs has emerged the overall winner of the 2017 edition of the MTN App Challenge.

The Hackathon which commenced on Friday May 12th pitted a total of 20 teams competing to develop mobile solutions in the areas of finance, more about Media and Entertainment, Education, Health and Agriculture.

After the 3-days which involved development, mentoring and pitching at MTN Offices in Kololo, different winners in the various categories were selected.

Team JustGo which emerged the best in the m-Finance category was later named the overall winner of the contest.

The team behind the app, want to help both the bus companies and travelers on long distances, book their bus tickets through both a mobile app and USSD code.

The hackathon which was organized by MTN in conjunction with Outbox, a technology innovation hub registered 99 entries although only 20 were selected.

Full List of Winners

M-Health Category

Team Nightingale: An app that gives access to information about approved drugs and counterfeit drugs. This application seeks to reduce on the number of fake drugs that are being sold to the public.

Team Nightingale, the m-Health winner

Team Nightingale, the m-Health winner

M-Media & Entertainment Category

Team MunoWatch: developed an App that aims to lead the movie industry in Uganda into the digital era by enabling users to stream/watch and download locally produced (with vernacular voice overs of Ugandan video jockeys) Ugandan movies.

Team MunoWatch, the m-Media & Entertainment category winners

Team MunoWatch, the m-Media & Entertainment category winners

M-Education Category

Team SomaAfrica: using this mobile and web based application, students, can apply into any school from wherever they are and are able to track progress of the entire application process by the school of choice.

Team SomaAfrica, the m-Education winner

Team SomaAfrica, the m-Education winner

M-Finance Category

Team JustGo: this mobile application intends to solve the problem of queues for tickets at bus packs. The team behind this app want to help both the bus companies and travelers on long distances, book their bus tickets through both a mobile app and USSD code.

Team JustGO, the m-Finance category winners

Team JustGO, the m-Finance category winners

M-Agriculture Category

Team HAS: have developed MUHOGO (local bantu name for cassava); a real-time CMD diagnosis application where farmers take pictures of what they suspect to be diseased cassava leaves and get real-time feedback after diagnosis. This solution is expected to curb disease in this plant, at an early stage and reduce the risk of loss.

Team HAS, the m-Agriculture winners

Team HAS, the m-Agriculture winners

In his remarks before award of prizes MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte, challenged the youth to focus primarily on applications that will revolutionize society.

Citing some of the best performing brands on stock exchanges around the world, Vanhelleputte said companies like Google focused on the difference their products make in people’s ways of living and the commercials followed automatically thereafter.

“This is how brands like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp have employed successful business models by offering the public free services that they would otherwise be reluctant to pay for and then make money through advertising and other sources like research and information processing,” he said.

Vanhelleputte further added that “It’s our hope that over and above the employment opportunities this initiative creates, applications developed will help the country find solutions to improved service delivery in sectors like health, education, agriculture and entrepreneurship in general.”

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