Students reap big at Vodacom SA developer program - The Sauce
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Money

Students reap big at Vodacom SA developer program

University students across Africa are at the forefront of technology development in the continent as they continue their dominance in hackathons and app challenges. On Monday, six South African students were awarded prizes by Vodacom for unique apps ideas as part of their final year projects. The students were participating in a national student symposium which is part of Vodacom’s Developer Programme.

Vodacom’s programme comes a few weeks after Safaricom, in partnership with Vodafone, announced the winners of the Appstar challenge which saw the participation of many students. Gilbert Rono, a JKUAT student, was runner-up in the Kenya edition that will see finalists compete against other winners from other countries in Africa and Middle East:

 

See: JKUAT student wins at Safaricom Appstart challenge

 

The South Africa student symposium brought together academics and students from seven local universities which included, Durban University of Technology, Central University of Technology, University of Venda, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Vaal Technology University, North West University and Stellenbosch University.

 

“We work closely with the academic institutions to prepare student developers for participation in the mobile app industry so they can develop innovative apps that can transform society. With the types of app ideas submitted in this competition, there’s no doubt that these students have a potential to reshape our future,” says Prins Mhlanga, Managing Executive of Digital Media at Vodacom.

 

A total of 13 University students participated in this competition and each student submitted an app idea which forms part of their academic projects. Vodacom together with the Universities will explore the possibility of turning some of the ideas into apps which can be sold in the Vodacom App Store.

 

In the undergraduate category first prize (R1500 + device) went to Stefan Bergh from North-West University for designing a puzzle 2D game app named Polygraph. Second prize was awarded to Martin Stolk from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for designing Mallcrawl app which automatically logs the user into their Facebook account to search nearby malls using Google Maps.

 

The third prize went to Darky Matsane from Vaal University of Technology for coming up with Pressed In Time app which provides customers with convenience for all their laundry and dry cleaning needs, using an automated and paperless solution to book in laundry.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

Some More Sauce...

Lifestyle

Kenyans on Twitter woke up to an explicit video that has since gone viral. In the video, a woman who is known on social...

Da Squeeze

Kenyan beauty Tanasha Donna Oketch recently opened up about her life. The 24 year old former radio presenter, musician and mother of one is...

Featured

Ugandan TV journalist Simon Kaggwa Njala’s face has got to be one of the memed faces of 2019.   But how did this Ugandan...

Da Squeeze

Who remembers the time when sex was simple. Well, nowadays there are a lot of weird fetishes that we can’t even keep track of...

Featured

The Free Mason society is known to be secretive and very private, but not anymore it may seem. The Freemason society based in Nairobi...

Da Squeeze

Kenya has a robust matatu culture and some people around the world love it. Award winning American singer and dancer Chris Brown yesterday (23.03.20)...

Da Squeeze

Is there a woman making your heart skip a beat? She might be a secret woman of your life.  Most women love, but they...

Da Squeeze

Kenyans on Twitter are not to be messed with, they bring guns to a knife fight. The hard-hitting K.O.T recently got into a Twitter...