Sunday, 17 June 2018 was particularly charged with energy and anticipation. Students from seven universities and institutions of higher learning, namely, the Faculty of Industrial Engineering (University of Douala), ISEM- IBCG Akwa-Douala, “Institut Universitaire de la Côte”, Logbessou-Douala, “Institut Universitaire du Golfe”, Akwa-Douala, University Institute of Technology, University of Douala, College of Technology, University of Buea, and National Advanced School of Posts, Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (SUP’PTIC), Yaounde, had the arduous task of presenting their work to the MTN Cameroon 2018 #YelloCare Hackathon jury. This, after several hours of teamwork with little sleep and coaching from their designated professional mentors.
Each team had just 15 minutes to convince the 6-person jury that their prototype deserved to win the first prize. Composed of 5 competitors each, they were assessed on the technical feasibility, economic viability and customer experience of the proposed solution which is supposed to ease the integration of payments via Mobile Money on websites.
Interesting, captivating and varied presentations from young Cameroonian developers showcased the potential and untapped talent that exists within the country to thrust the digital economy to the next level. The work by the students covered a range of services such as the facilitation of the payment of toll gate by road users, event management, garbage management, e-commerce, easy payment of registration, tuition and examination fees, sale of academic papers online, and the facilitation of medical consultations by patients.
Following their deliberations, the judges crowned the College of Technology, University of Buea students as winners of this innovative developer challenge for their registration, tuition and fees payment solution. Their award was handed over to them by MTN Cameroon’s Chief Information Officer, Shoyinka Shodunke to a thundering round of applause and standing ovation from everyone present for this monumental event.
The second prize went to the Faculty of Industrial Engineering (University of Douala) for their toll gate solution and the third prize was awarded to the National Advanced School of Posts, Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (SUP’PTIC), Yaounde for their e-commerce solution. Each of the 35 contestants received a personalized certificate of participation from MTN Cameroon.