University developers in competition to integrate mobile money payments

On 16 and 17 June, MTN Cameroon will gather at GICAM (Cameroon Employers Union) in Douala, young developers around a hackathon under the theme “Integration of mobile payments in applications”, within the framework of its #YelloCare programme.

For two days, participants will apply their programming knowledge to develop and propose solutions to ease the integration of payments via Mobile Money on websites. They shall be technically managed by 7 mentors, who will assist them throughout the challenge. This will be an opportunity for them to live the reality of Mobile Money, innovative service highly appreciated by MTN subscribers.

Prior to the competition, the hackathon terms and rules were presented at the MTN Head Office on 13 June 2018 to the 35 competitors, all from universities and higher institutions of learning notably:

  • The Faculty of Industrial Engineering (University of Douala),
  • ISEM- IBCG Akwa-Douala,
  • “Institut Universitaire de la Côte”, Logbessou-Douala,
  • “Institut Universitaire du Golfe”, Akwa-Douala,
  • University Institute of Technology, University of Douala,
  • College of Technology, University of Buea,
  • the National Advanced Schools of Posts and Telecommunications as well as Journalism and Mass Communication, (SUP’PTIC), Yaounde.

After the exercises, each team will present to members of the jury a prototype to ease the integration of payments via Mobile Money on websites. Thereafter, the candidates shall be assessed on the technical feasibility, economic viability and customer experience of the proposed solution.

The winning project shall be nurtured in the subsequent months through an incubation programme offered by MTN Cameroon. Once this phase is completed, the company could adopt the solution.

Through this initiative, MTN Cameroon reaffirms its position as accelerator of the digital transformation necessary to develop a digital economy in Cameroon.

Since the launch of 21 Days of Y’ello Care in 2007, MTN Cameroon employees have realized several projects that seek to guarantee the welfare of communities, notably: the construction of 02 primary schools and refurbishment of 05 others, creation and equipment of 08 school libraries, enrolment of 2,100 young girls in the Northern regions, planting of 2,000 trees, etc. 

It should be noted that, the 21 Days of Y’ello Care programme puts in competition the 22 Operations of the MTN Group, worldwide. The outstanding commitment of MTN staff has enabled MTN Cameroon to be the grand winner of the competition in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

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