University Students in Hackathon for Reproductive Health Solutions

A group of 60 students from 12 universities in Uganda have today converged at the Uganda Museum to take part in a hacking competition to develop mobile technology solutions for reproductive health. The two day Health App Challenge organized by Marie Stopes Uganda seeks to ease the access of reproductive health information leveraging on technology. The students will compete in 15 groups with 4 individuals each.

The first day of the hackathon saw hackers introduced to design thinking, more about needs finding and prototyping with the assistance of selected mentors. These possess expertise and a wide range of skill sets in the field of developing and programming and will play a guiding role to the participating students.

“We thought it wise to get them mentors simply because we need final products (9Apps) that will work effectively and solve existing problems. Today was about critical thinking, drug innovating and putting ideas together as a group, ambulance ” Dickson Mushabe from Hostalite Ltd told Chimpreports.

On Saturday, the groups will do final rounds to fine tune their prototypes and later pitch them to a panel of 5 judges. The winning team will receive a cash prizes from both Marie Stopes and Vodafone.

Hostalite Cyber Academy will incubate the winning App for 3 months before it is finally rolled out as a product.
Hostalite Cyber Academy will incubate the winning App for 3 months before it is finally rolled out as a product.

Collins Mugabe, a student from Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) is taking part in the challenge and he told Chimpreports that his group is developing an App that will subsidize reproductive health services through health vouchers.

“Pregnant women will be able to purchase these vouchers by mere sending of a text with their numbers after which our system deducts a small fee from their Mobile Money account. She then receives a code which is presented to a heath facility and she is offered the services,” said Mugabe. The team is confident that this will reduce inconveniences involved in the initial process where these vouchers were got from village community based volunteers.


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