Women design applications for local challenges

The Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) last week announced the winners of its first Women Hackathon held to create a platform for female software developers.

A hackathon is a software developing session undertaken simultaneously by more than one team.

Leonard Imene, the NBII Mobile Lab Coordinator, explained that the Women Hackathon was organised specifically only for women as they had been outnumbered by males during other mobile hackathons in the past. He said the three participating teams entered the competition with the brief to design mobile applications that could solve local societal challenges by means of mobile phone applications.

Imene explained: “Most of the participants are software developers who were required to design a prototype of an application within two days. The overall aim was to connect them to institutions that function along the same line as the applications they have developed. So, for example, the teams will seek appointments with the MVA Fund, NSFAS and Lifeline/ Childline Namibia once the applications have been finalised.”

The winning team, known as ‘Be Wise,’ developed an application by the same name, which could be used especially by teenagers and adolescents to seek answers to questions which they did not feel free to ask of their parents or other family members. Topics in this application include peer pressure, teenage pregnancies, dating, depression and sex education.

A second group developed the ‘KOKO’ application that lists scholarships, grants and vacancy opportunities that users can apply for.

The ‘Save-a-Life’ application focuses on creating a platform for people who are involved in an accident and who need urgent attention. The application will put them in direct contact with emergency medical staff at the touch of one key on their mobile phones.

Imene said the Women Hackathon will become an annual event. He invited any persons interested in software applications development to join the NBII Software Developers Group that meets every Thursday at the NBII Mobile Lab in Glück Street, Windhoek West. Companies that require software application to be developed may also contact the NBII Mobile Lab. Imene may be contacted at limene@polytechnic.edu.na or at telephone 061-2072882.

Date: 
Friday, July 17, 2015
for Month: 
July, 2015

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