#YelloCare H@ckathon to boost innovation by the youths

On June 16 and 17, MTN Cameroon will gather at GICAM (Cameroon Employers Union), young developers around a hackathon which seeks to identify talents and promote innovation through the conception of bright ideas and showcasing their skills.

This hackathon which falls under the 21 Days of Y’ello Care programme with the theme “Creating a Brighter Future”, sheds light on the capacity building of youths in the new digital world. Overall, 7 teams of 5 persons each shall participate in the competition deployed under the theme “Integration of mobile payments in applications”. For two days, participants will carry out mobile money coding. They shall be technically managed by 7 mentors, who will assist them throughout the challenge. This will be an opportunity for them to live the reality of Mobile Money, innovative service highly appreciated by MTN subscribers. After the exercises, each team will present to members of the jury a prototype to ease the integration of payments via Mobile Money on websites. Thereafter, the candidates shall be assessed on the technical feasibility, economic viability and customer experience of the proposed solution.

Prior to the competition, the hackathon terms and rules were presented to the 35 competitors, all from universities and higher institutions of learning in the cities of Douala, Yaounde and Buea notably:

1. The Faculty of Industrial Engineering (University of Douala),
2. ISEM- IBCG Akwa-Douala,
3. “Institut Universitaire de la Côte”, Logbessou-Douala,
4. “Institut Universitaire du Golfe”, Akwa-Douala,
5. University Institute of Technology, University of Douala,
6. College of Technology, University of Buea,
7. The National Advanced School of Posts, Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (SUP’PTIC), Yaounde.

The MTN head office hosted the meeting between the participants, project team and organisation committee of the 21 Days of Y’ello Care programme. The interactive discussions testified the enthusiasm and excitement of the young developers to illustrate their genius.

Through this initiative, MTN Cameroon indicates its determination to affirm itself in the new digital world, and remain resilient in this world of full technological transformation.

The project retained after the hackathon shall be nurtured in the subsequent months through customized support. Once this phase is completed, the company could adopt the solution.

The dice is cast.
Innovate/Create /Develop… May the best team win!!!

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