Moro Technologies Team Wins the 2011 Apps4Africa Competition
The Botswana Innovation Hub celebrates Botswana’s Moro Technologies Team’s win of the Apps4Africa competition for web and mobile software solutions to social challenges in Africa. Moro Technologies Team comprising Donald Taboka Masole, Patricia Motsumi and Mosetsanagape Motlhabane scooped the 1st prize of $15,000.00 for their submission of a health and sanitation related application concept, ‘myHealth (Botswana)’, to address Malaria. Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease that is endemic in sub – Saharan Africa where 85 – 90% of the malaria fatalities occur. The World Health Organisation estimates that there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2010 resulting in 655,000 deaths most of whom were children under the age of five. Pregnant women are also especially vulnerable to the disease.
The 2011 Apps4Africa competition challenged software developers to find innovative technological solutions to climate change. The competition brought civil society, NGO’s, academia and private sector organisations together with African technology innovators to develop web and mobile software application concept that address local climate change adaptation challenges. Moro Technologies Team’s myHealth (Botswana) submitted a software application concept that helps users take precautions by providing information about the weather and diseases related to the weather such as diarrhea and malaria. The application concept helps users schedule appointments with doctors for appropriate care.
In its drive to provide a unique platform and catalyser for technology – driven and knowledge intensive business to develop and to compete in the global market, the Botswana Innovation Hub in collaboration with SpotOne Global Solutions, a UK based company and the US State Department hosted the Apps4Africa brainstorming session for the competition in March 2012. The brainstorming session brought together local developers and climate change stakeholders, including experts, policy makers, NGO’s and the general public to explore the impact of climate change and how application concepts can be developed to mitigate the effects of climate change.
A total of 60 participants registered and participated at the event which provided software developers with an opportunity to meet potential collaborators that they could work with on solutions to enter into the competition. The categories for entries included agriculture (distribution); early warning and/or disaster preparedness; resources management; forestry/deforestation; transportation/traffic/emission; food security; livestock; and health and sanitation.