THE CHIEF Marketing Officer (CMO) of MTN Ghana, Mr Noel Kojo-Ganson, has stated that his outfit is committed to giving full and equal access to women in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
He acknowledged the importance of technology and innovation in the development of the country, saying, “MTN is championing a project for women in technology, where young girls receive mentorship.
“This year, our focus was also to encourage more females to take up app development; in view of that we introduced a new category to reward the best female developers,” he said.
Speaking at the closing of an award ceremony following the MTN Apps Challenge Competition Version 5.0 in Accra on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Mr Kojo-Ganson urged app developers to continue to innovate by developing locally relevant applications to stay relevant.
“The MTN Apps challenge, since [its] inception some five years ago, has given several[sic] Ghanaian youth the opportunity to develop and take up challenges in our economy,” he said.
He continued that, “In line with MTN’s vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world, MTN will continue to take advantage of the rapid technological advancement to encourage the development of exciting mobile applications which are relevant to the local market.”
After series of roadshows, more than 190 applications were received and applicants competed in three categories, namely mobile app (Education, Business, Entertainment, and Lifestyle), Internet of Things, and animated videos.
Out of over 100 projects received after the launch, 48 made it into the second round of auditions. App developers were invited to meet a panel of judges, made up of experts from the Mobile Apps industry and academia, for the final vetting process.
The candidates took turns to present their Apps to the judges, who based their assessment of the applications on their user-friendliness, robustness, compatibility, security, app authentication mechanisms, operating platform, best practices and ingenuity. At the end of the vetting process, 25 finalists were shortlisted for the awards.
The MTN Apps Challenge has so far discovered some very innovative Apps, notable among them are Setriakor Nyomi’s ‘Oware 3D’ App and Nana Ekow Taylor and friends’ ‘Buzztrick’ App, which emerged winners of Versions 1.0 and 2.0 of the competition, Kwaku Tabiri’s ‘Wheelo’ and Edem Morny’s ‘Amatsii’ for versions 3.0 and 4.0 respectively.
This year’s event received participants from senior high schools, tertiary institutions and freelancers who submitted projects.
Sario, an app which was developed by Mr Ronald Tagoe, Mr Derrick Lamptey, Mr Dominic Kepomey, Mr Joseph Kiipo, and Mr Pascal Okyere Darko, won the best mobile app (lifestyle).
For the best Mobile App (Business), Transgov, which was developed by Jerry Akanyi-King and Kennedy Anyinatoe, emerged as the winner.
Atsu, developed by Mr Andy Korshie Sherie, won the best Mobile App (Games and Entertainment) category, while Memoria, by Elohor Thomas and Ehiaghe Aigiomawu, won the best Mobile App (Education).
Other winners were Smart Traffic Control by Ayatullah Zakaria (Internet of Things) and Aluta by Razahk Issaka (Animations).
The rest were Reading Aid by Max Otuteye and Isaac Laryea (SHS Mobile App), and Kaya App by Naomi Kokuro (Best Female Project).