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UDSM students win business hackathon challenge

UDSM students win business hackathon challenge

Three University of Dar es Salaam students and one from Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial University emerged winners at a corporate hackathon challenge event organised in Dar es Salaam recently for IT students to come up with an innovative solution to a given challenge.

The students, James Mushi, Faridini Ally and Danford Kija of the University of Dar es Salaam and Charity Prince Jonas of Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial University who formed Team Charity Solutions, developed a demo scan code that will enable users to access and rate events live on the Otapp app. developed by a local tech and software developing company pioneering ticketing solutions in Africa.

The hackathon challenge organised by a Dar es Salaam based digital transformation company, Smart Codes in partnership with the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) & UKAid involved 100 highly IT/technical graduates who took part in training sessions focused on soft skills, project management, and human-centred design thinking.

The students worked in groups of five and formed five teams where they used their learning to develop innovative solutions towards existing challenges corporates face.

The students worked in teams to create these solutions to solve existing problems through business cases, which culminated to prize winning for the best and out-of-the-box ideas.

A Senior Programme Associate at Smartlab, Isaack Shayo said the programme was an initiative to get universities more involved in innovation and technology, entrepreneurship and building up of high-quality graduates with all the necessary employability skills.

It is also about empowering the university graduates with real-world employability skills while linking them with rising corporations in Africa “We’re focused to create a linkage between learning institutions and corporates,” he told the ‘Daily News.’

“The Corporate Hackathons partnered with companies in the corporate world such as Ottap, Exim Bank, Vodacom, SlideVisuals, Boomplay, Deloitte and Standard Chartered, who also participated and guided these young innovative minds for solutions that are likely to bring a new perspective in their companies and businesses in general,” said Sharron Nsule, another Project Associate at Smartlab.

She said Smartlab was looking forward to partnering with more as there was room and opportunity for corporates to connect with young talents.

“Smart Labs is looking forward to keep empowering young people and connecting them with corporates to enable the birth of groundbreaking solutions that will impact communities,” she added.

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