MHub launches Jobonology Mobile App competition
By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi
Malawi’s first technology and innovation hub, mHub, has announced launch of a mobile application development competition, called ‘Jobonology Mobile App Challenge’ (JMAC) for Malawian software developers that commences on May 1, 2015.
The competition which is sponsored by MyJobo.com, challenges Malawian software developers to design an application that addresses problems faced by various sectors, such as health, education and agriculture, both in Malawi and across Africa.
This phase of the competition is focused on tackling challenges facing the health sector in Malawi.
The theme is “how can mobile technology address the health sector issues in Malawi?”
Mhub says the winner of JMAC will be given seed money of USD2000 and will be nested in mHub to further develop the application into a proper, profitable business through technical assistance and support from local and international resources.
MyJobo.com will provide support to the winning idea(s) to develop them into proper businesses utilizing its international network of developers and advisers.
The Jobonology Mobile App Challenge will run for 10 weeks starting from 1 May 2015 to 10 July 2015.
Rachel Sibande, Founder and CEO for mHub Malawi’s first Tech Hub says her firm is very excited to have this partnership with Myjobo.com that fits into their core business.
“Malawi has a lot of hidden talent in software development and we hope this competition will help identify such talent,” she said.
On the other hand Country Manager for Myjobo.com Bertha Mambala said her firm has found the best partner that fits into its vision of youth being assisted to develop into successful entrepreneurs.
“The Jobonology Challenge is just the beginning of things to come,” she said.
The competition is open to individuals or teams of individuals of no more than 3 who should be of Malawian nationality, aged no more than 35 and resident in Malawi.
The timeline for the competition is for 10 Weeks and will run from 1 May 2015.
In order to enter the competition participants should submit their mobile application idea at www.jmacmw.comduring the first 2 weeks of the competition.
After submitting their idea, they have 8 weeks to develop it. The finished mobile application should be submitted to mHub through a link which will be provided from 14 May.
A statement from the top five participants will be invited to present their applications in front of judges and an audience on a date and venue to be announced, and the overall winner will then be announced at the same event.
The presentations will be video recorded.
MHub which is the organizer of the event is a unique open technology hub in Lilongwe where students, fresh graduates, young technology entrepreneurs and innovators come together to work on their ideas and turn them into viable business models.
The hub provides technical assistance and a community of experienced mentors who provide both technical and business assistance to the up and coming entrepreneurs.
The sponsor MyJobo.com is Malawi’s largest online platform connecting people with jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities which promotes the concept of Jobonology and facilitates individuals to maximize their potential and earn a living in any area of interest.