Youth develop database app to promote businesses

BY: Daniel Kenu
Youth develop database app to promote businesses
Youth develop database app to promote businesses

The Ghana Hub Network (GHN), a technology and innovation hub that serves as an umbrella body for all businesses, has rolled out a national database development hackathon challenge for 20 developers in the country.

It is to help build a database system for entrepreneurs and innovators across the country.

The project is the first phase of a digitisation and capacity strengthening programme for businesses.

Participants from five zones across the 16 regions were to develop a platform which will control the details of start-up businesses and entrepreneurs across the West African sub-region.


According to the programme's Manager of GHN, Mr Simon Asare, the unavailability of data on start-ups and innovation hubs was a disturbing phenomenon to the tech hub and the programme was to help build an inclusive database system application for entrepreneurs and innovators.

“I believe this will help improve Ghana Hub Network entrepreneurship and the ecosystem," he said.

The data is to influence policy and help develop relevant programmes for innovators and entrepreneurs.


Mr Asare gave the assurance that the project would play an important role in the country's economy through job creation and trigger development.

The Director of Research and Policy at GHN, Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, expressed optimism the programme will assist developers to create and fashion out a database system focusing on talent "from within."

"When database is well structured, it could draw the interest of other actors in the ecosystem including artificial intelligence companies," he added.

The competition

The nationwide hackathon challenge was a convocation of winners from all the five zones within the 16 regions.

Twenty developers were grouped into five zones to collaboratively develop software to build a database for innovators and entrepreneurs.


At the end of the competition, Takoradi represented by Zone Two emerged the overall winners with Kumasi (Zone Four) as second while Tamale (Zone five) placed third.

Accra, representing Zone Three and Damongo (Zone One) were fourth and fifth respectively.

The group leader for the winners, Japheth Kuntu Blankson, expressed appreciation to GHN for creating a space for young people to explore and develop their talents.