Group develops App for teenagers

31 July 2015
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THE Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) has announced the winners of the inaugural Women’s Hackathon which was held to create a platform for female software developers to develop relevant mobile applications for the local market.

NBII Mobile Lab Coordinator Leonard Imene said in a statement this week that the Women Hackathon was organised specifically for women who had been out-numbered by males during previous mobile hackathons.

The participants consisted of 20 women who worked in three groups.

The competition was started with a brief to design mobile applications that could help solve local societal challenges.

“The overall objective was to connect the participants to institutions whose primary functions are aligned with the purposes of the applications they developed.

“The teams will be expected to finalise their applications through NBII Mobile Lab, in collaboration with the identified relevant institutions,” Imene said.

The winning team, ‘Be Wise,’ developed an application which could be used by teenagers and adolescents to seek answers to difficult or embarrassing questions that they cannot pose to their parents or other family members.

The app developers included Linea Mwaetako, Nalifimane Heita, Engelberth Kaveto, Desiree Kahuva, Emilia Shikeenga, Emilia Shikwamhanda, Asnath Kambunga and Okeri Katjivena.

“Topics in this application include issues such as peer pressure, teenage pregnancies, dating, depression and sex education,” a statement from the Namibia Business Innovation Institute said.

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

The third was the ‘Save-a-Life’ application which focuses on creating a platform for people who are involved in an accident and who need urgent attention.

This application will put them directly in touch with emergency staff at the touch of one key on their mobile phones.

The participants were awarded various internet facilities and prepaid data bundles sponsored by Telecom Namibia through TN mobile.

Imene said the Women’s Hackathon would become an annual event. He invited people interested in software applications development to join the NBII Software Developers Circle.

The interested parties meet twice a month at the NBII Mobile Lab in Windhoek.

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