Giveya developers wins N$ 50 000 in the Mobile Innovation Challenge Competition 2014

Prof. Jürgen Sieck; Mr. Josephat Mwatotele; Desiree Kahuva and Mathias Shigwedha (first prize); Norman Mungenga, Tangeni Kamati, and Jorham Tshimanga (second prize); Beaton Nyamapanda (not in the picture) and Manfred Makawa (third prize); Mrs Dorothea Mischo

From right to left: Prof. Jürgen Sieck; Mr. Josephat Mwatotele; Desiree Kahuva and Mathias Shigwedha (first prize); Norman Mungenga, Tangeni Kamati, and Jorham Tshimanga (second prize); Beaton Nyamapanda (not in the picture) and Manfred Makawa (third prize); Mrs Dorothea Mischo

Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) and Northgate supported by SAIS have successfully held two Mobile Innovation Challenge Competitions to date. The competition, initially started under the hackathon first held during the SAIS and infoDev Mobile Innovation Roadshow in March last year, is now fully integrated and implemented by NBII’s Mobile Lab. The SAIS programme continues to support this initiative since it falls in its mission to inspire innovations in mobile industry by providing solutions through application developments aimed at improving the living standards of the inhabitants.

Thus in early November, the afforementioned institutions officially presented prize money to the winning teams during the 2nd Mobile Innovation Challenge award ceremony held at the Innovation Village in Windhoek.

Speaking at the ceremony; Prof Jürgen Sieck from University of Applied Science in Berlin, Germany, highlighted collaboration possibilities between NBII and University of Applied Science in the mobile applications development projects. The NBII Director, Mrs Dorothea Westhofen-Kunz acknowledged the importance of the institutions’ collaborations in assisting local innovators to unleash their potential talents. She further stated that NBII is looking forward to working with all stakeholders towards implementing innovative projects and events.

Leonard Imene, NBII’s Mobile Lab Coordinator highlighted the need to have more women taking part, as this is vital for the competition to strike a satisfactory gender balance. Since the competition’s inception, only five women have participated in submissions and only one has won a prize.

Northgate Technologies Managing Director, Josephat Mwatotele could not hide his excitement at the possibilities and the future that lay ahead. He highlighted that Northgate Technologies are merely planting a seed that he hoped would encourage other Namibian companies to partake and sponsor the next competitions, in his view this would encourage cultivating more good ideas from the developers community. He further stated, “It would be great to see a time when one does not have to line up in order to apply for a passport nor for banking. He introduced the newly launched E-Bank, which is an innovative banking system that facilitates electronic payments and other financial transactions”. Read More