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Ndejje University Students Win Health Hacking Challenge

The group from Ndejje whose 'Munno' App won Saturday's
competition at Uganda museum

A group of students from Ndejje University emerged as winners in last weekend’s Health App challenge in which developers competed to create technology solutions for problems facing reproductive health in
Uganda.

At least 10 groups from 12 universities including Makerere, medications http://currencymeter.com/wp-admin/includes/comment.php Busitema, approved http://cgdt.org.br/plugins/system/jat3/base-themes/default/blocks/handheld/mainnav.php Ndejje, prostate http://dcdal.org/components/com_k2/k2.php KIU and UTAMU participated in the two day hackathon at Uganda Museum organized by Marie Stopes Uganda, Vodafone Uganda and Hostalite Cyber Academy.

Competing groups spent Saturday morning testing and fine tuning their prototypes before pitching them before a panel of judges.

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The winning group benchmarked their solution on artificial intelligence to create an App that will be able to listen to questions and respond in real time.

‘Muuno’ as the App is called is meant to tackle the less utilization of the readily available health related information.

David Kizito an IT student from Ndejje University who was part of the winning group told Chimpreports after their victory that the App will have speech recognition and voice calls.

“Our App will be supported by the Android platform but we shall soon modify it more to support feature phones that don’t have internet,” said Kizito.

He explained that; “Once the user has the App downloaded on their phone, they’ll tap on the ‘speak’ button and then speak a question to the phone. The system then generates all the relevant information from the various databases online and responds with a working solution.”

The group’s business model will rely on selling the data their technology will generate to stakeholders such as donors and health organization in addition to commissions from medical voucher sales to patients.

Vodafone Uganda’s Chief Technology Officer David Sebaale encouraged the youth to embrace the spirit of innovating for problems within their communities.

“Such competitions present an opportunity to innovate for social change through technology. Over 70 percent of the youths are online and majority of them seek medical advice on the internet before going
to a physician,” Sebaale said.

Winners got a one year medical insurance from Marie Stopes Uganda, an indoor internet router with 6 months free data from Vodafone Uganda and 6 months incubation of their prototype at Resilient Africa Network (RAN).
Hostalite Cyber Academy gave a scholarship to all participants in the hackathon.

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