TNM Smart Challenge winners unveiled in Lilongwe
TNM on Friday unveiled winners of different categories in its Smart Challenge competition which started in October last year.
The function took place in Lilongwe.
Three young people from Lilongwe, Daniel Mvalo, Walter Moyo and Thandie Magasa – who developed a health-service application called aMartenitech, won the Smart Students category.
They have since earned a trip to Silicon Valley in the United States of America and went away with Samsung Edge smart phones.
In the Smart Kid category Panache Jere – who developed ‘Talk to Me’ application, emerged the winner and will also travel to Silicon Valley in addition to an Apple smartphone he won.
Mvalo, Moyo, Magasa and Jere are expected to tour Facebook, Google, Apple and Stanford University in the US.
Smart Community winners, Daily Box, have received computers for setting up a laboratory.
Speaking during the ceremony, TNM chief executive officer, Douglas Stevenson, described the competition as successful.
“It is our hope that this competition become the trendsetter for innovations among the youth in the country as demonstrated by the innovative and brilliant applications that we received from the participants,” he said
In his remarks, Ministry of Information principal secretary, Justin Saidi, commended TNM for coming up with the initiative which, he said, provided aplatform for young Malawians to realise their potential.
“If properly harnessed, ICT products and services could become an alternative source of economic growth and job creation,” he said.
Launched on October 5, 2015 the TNM Smart Challenge provided students, pupils and their communities a platform to showcase innovations in mobile application development.