MTN App Challenge

The MTN App Challenge is a 3-day event in which local innovators come together to create mobile applications for use on mobile devices i.e. phones and tablets.

MTN Uganda, in partnership with Outbox and Garage48, launched the MTN App Challenge in 2015.

2015 Edition
The event started on Friday 29th May 2015 at 4:00pm and ran until Sunday 31st May 2015. It brought together 100 brilliant minds to turn ideas into technological innovations. The MTN App Challenge is open to innovators from Uganda, both students and non-students. The aim is to gather people from different fields and skill sets and unite them into well-working teams.

We identified different skill sets, such as: Developers, Designers, Marketers and Project Managers.

The winners:

Best M-Health App ($2,500)
Name of App: Run for Your Life
Team Leader: Adeline Tushabe

Run for Your Life is a 3D mobile game built to create awareness about HIV, other chronic diseases and general health care. It facilitates delivery of health information by letting users answer some questions to redeem their game-life as they play a mobile racing game. Failure (while playing) generates questions, while success offers various tips.

Best M-Business ($2,500)
Name of App: Yoza
Team Leader: Nicholas Kamanzi

Yoza is an Android App that provides laundry services to people who need them. It targets single youth between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. The app lists a number of service providers and will connect those who require laundry services with these service providers.

The app utilises “Yoza Credit” which is a coupon system (loyalty programme) to encourage people to use the service.

Best M-Entertainment ($2,500)
Name of App: Common Sense
Team Leader: Ssali Emma

The app challenges the user by encouraging them to answer questions, earning points for all correct answers. The points can be used to win tangible products based on the sponsor the user has elected to play for.

Best M-Finance ($2,500)
Name of App: MamboPay
Team Leader: Charles Muhindo

MamboPay is a coupon-based payment solution that enables individuals or organisations to send funds to various beneficiaries in terms of coupons. Coupons are tied to a specific purpose and can only be redeemed at partner service providers for that specific purpose. It can facilitate payment for health services, for example, by letting a sponsor generate a fixed-value coupon to be redeemed at any of the registered health service providers.

Audience Favourite ($1,000)
Name of App: Dawa App
Team Leader: Duncan Sanya

This app provides access to patient’s medical information on-the-go, while allowing a patient to dial a health professional at any time, from anywhere.

Overall Winner ($2,500)
Name of App: Yoza App


MTN Junior Robotics Camp

The MTN Junior Robotics Camp was a three-day learning event where children, from 10 schools in Kampala, were able to create various exciting and innovative robotics projects in the fields of programming, mechanics and electronics.

2015 Edition

The MTN Juniors Robotics Camp 2015 brought together children from 10 schools in Kampala who were able to create various exciting and innovative robotics projects in the fields of programming, mechanics and electronics.

The three-day Junior Robotics Camp was organised by MTN Uganda in partnership with FundiBots, a Ugandan based organisation that focuses on robotics training in schools. The camp was aimed at equipping juniors aged between 9-12 years old, with skills that can enable them to solve real-world problems through digital design.

The event brought together 50 children from the 10 schools in Kampala, with each school being represented by five children. The training commenced on Friday, 11 September 2015.

The primary schools that participated included:

  • Lohana Academy
  • Vine Academy
  • Ntinda Primary School
  • Nakasero Primary School
  • Buganda Road Primary School
  • Kiswa Primary School
  • Kitante Primary School
  • Daffodils Academy
  • Kampala Parents School
  • St. Kizito Primary School

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