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UCC Rewards Outstanding Innovators in Transport Management Hackathon

Team Sonet receives ther cheque from UCC's Mutabaazi

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has rewarded  two winning teams in the 2017 Smart & Safe Transport Hackathon with USD 500 each.

The two teams which received the cheques from UCC boss Godfrey Mutabazi were Team Sonnet; the best team and Quick Tap; the second runner-up.

Organised by UCC in partnership Resilient Africa Network (RAN), visit this the ICT contest was seeking to engage young innovators in co-creating technology solutions for Uganda’s transport problems.

The highly competitive fair which took place at the Kampala Serena Hotel involved 9 teams that were supposed to come up with novel technological ideas in 48 hours.

This, about it Harrient Adong, the communications manager of RAN said intended to allow the competitors to test their thinking capacities and also prevent them from sabotaging their ideas.

“Giving them limited time enables them to think to think faster, while preventing them from thinking about reasons why they ideas wouldn’t work – a common trait that hinders innovators,” she explained.

Sonnet, the winning team developed an app that allows roads users to ride alone safely in a car, while Quick Tap’s platform can rate and determine safe public transport.

Other teams that competed came up with innovations that can enable control of pollution; bar calls while driving, quick emergency response at accident scenes among other breakthroughs.

The rest of the competitors were Dynamite, Arvana, Team SSK, Phone Control App, Transpo XL, Grey Starks and Novus Terra.

To come up with the winner, the judges who were led by Diana Komukama, a marketing manager with NC bank Limited, looked at how best the competitors can articulate and present their points, how applicable their solutions are and if they can be able to impress investors.

RAN pledged to ensure the winning teams can benefit from their innovations and also promised to keep supporting the rest of the teams if they need help.

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