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Competition for young entrepreneurs

BY: Daily Graphic / Ghana

In an attempt to create new ideas to solve problems in various communities in the country, the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), in partnership with the United Nations Children Fund ( UNICEF) Ghana, has organised a three-day development competition.

The competition was to enable young entrepreneurs to bring out innovative technologies to serve the hard -to -reach communities.

The competition was on the theme: “Solving big problems using little technology.” 

Participants

Participants worked in teams to develop practical web or mobile application that could address a set of problems presented by UNICEF.

Problems presented by UNICEF were in the areas of sanitation, child rights, health and other developmental issues. 

Participants tackled issues including technology to improve birth registration in rural areas and monitoring sanitation in communities.

The Managing Director of MEST, Ms Ekua Odoom, said the institute was dedicated to supporting young and bright Africans to start their own software companies to create wealth and jobs.

A representative from UNICEF Ghana, Ms Susan Namondo Ngongi, said there was the need for new ideas and technology to serve the hard-to-reach communities in Ghana.

Winner

Team Sanity in Sanitation, a group of young entrepreneurs, was adjudged the winner of the competition.

They developed a technology to help environmental health assistants collect data using questionnaires and a data analysis that would display responses from the various communities.