Apr 10, 2013 Old News

IDEAL TECHNOLOGIES Team wins the Mobile Innovation Hackathon

IDEAL TECHNOLOGIES Team wins the Mobile Innovation Hackathon

 

The World Bank’s Information and Communications for Development Report states that the pace at which mobile phones spread globally is unmatched in the history of technology. “With some 6 billion mobile subscriptions in use worldwide, around three-quarters of the world’s inhabitants now have access to a mobile phone.” The report goes on to say the mobile revolution is right at the start of its growth curve with mobile devices becoming cheaper and more powerful while networks are doubling in bandwidth and expanding into rural areas. This scenario presents major opportunities to advance human development from providing basic access to education or health information to making cash payments to stimulating citizen involvement in democratic processes.

 

In Botswana, an enabling mobile ecosystem has seen the country’s mobile penetration rate rise to 184%, one of the highest in Africa. While this has gone a long way towards improving the country’s business climate, a lot more still has to be done to revive the economy and set it on a solid trajectory for future competitiveness and economic growth. The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH’s) has been established as a catalyzer for technology-driven businesses to meet the national strategic goal of creating a conducive national innovation ecosystem that diversifies the country’s economy through technology entrepreneurship and contributes to national competitiveness, economic growth and job creation. To achieve this, the company has been involved in numerous projects and programmes that support the further development of an enabling innovation ecosystem.

 

Recently the company hosted the Mobile Innovation Stakeholders Roadshow within the framework of the Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAiS) Programme and infoDev, (the global partnership program in the World Bank Group). The Roadshow which took place from 18th to 22nd March, 2013 was jointly ran by Botswana Innovation Hub and Orange Botswana. The event comprised of a Stakeholders Workshop, infoDev Global Business Innovation Management Training, Mobile Innovation Boot Camp, and a Hackathon for mobile applications developers, entrepreneurs and startups. The weeklong activities delivered cutting-edge content, networking, dynamic presentations and interactive discussions that addressed the latest developments and opportunities within the mobile innovation sector.

 

Ideal Technologies, a 100% citizen owned company which is a member of the Microsoft BizSpark start-up project emerged winners of the inaugural Mobile Innovation Hackathon. Hackathon is an event in which computer programmers and others in the field of software development, like graphic designers, interface designers and project managers collaborate intensively on software projects to create usable software, although occasionally, there is a hardware component as well. Ideal Technologies which is jointly owned by Evangelist LoagoRaditedu and his wife Tshegofatso, offers ICT solutions and marketing tools to clients. In addition the company also offers Website Design and Development services as well as the Botswana Website Directory and Botswana Mobile Directory and Botswana eBooks.

 

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Evangelist LoagoRaditedu, Orange CEO, Elisabeth Medou-Badang and Business Incubation Specialist, Sophia Muradyan

 

Members of the Ideal Technologies Hackathon Team comprised three members. The team is led by, Evangelist LoagoRaditedu who does not have IT expertise but has demonstrated that one does not necessarily have to possess proficiency in the field in order to excel in its trading space. Raditedu, who refers to himself as an ICT Entrepreneur and business man, is former Executive Director of the Botswana Exporters and Manufacturers Association (BEMA) and is its current President. Other members of the team are LeeneMogobe whohas over eight years’ experience as Brand Designer.

 

His main responsibility in the Hackathon project was to plan, design and build the brand for the Agricom mobile application. Nelly MonyaradziMotorito is an IT Intern with Ideal Technologies and his role in the team was to design the prototype. He is a graduate of Multimedia University Melaka, Malaysia in the faculty of Information Technology. Motorito holds aHonors Degree in Artificial Intelligence.