(By Florence Toffa, Manager of Mobile Web Ghana)
A month after the second Mobile Entrepreneurship training session in Accra, the participants met again to compete for the best project developed during the session. Like for the previous challenge, back in March, each team was asked to pitch their idea in front of a panel of judges. This time, Vincent Chinedu Okonkwo – software engineer and Bernard Adjei, both from Esoko, reviewed the various projects and gave the teams feedback. Most of these projects will be rolling out in 2012, so watch out for them!
Farmerline (from Alloysius Attah and Emmanuel Owusu Addai): a system that furnishes the stakeholders (farmers and investors) with agricultural information to improve productivity and increase income.
Twaskr (David Gbebi Lartey) is a mobile platform that allows users to create, manage and share calender activities with other users whom they want to see that information. Users can also get announcement of activities going on in their locality. And they can also buy and send virtual goods. Twaskr will be available as a mobile website and mobile apps.
iKwery (Victoria Arkorful, Eliezer Ayertey) is a web-based sms application for storing and sharing digital business cards.
The Adaptive Computerised Identification Verification System (ACIVS) Project, pronounced “Archives” (Harold Nkansah, Joseph Monney, Philip Yeboah): a framework designed to provide an instant and convenient means of verifying the validity of IDs via SMS, interactive voice response, and mobile websites.
mBackup (Quayson Ebenezer, Michael Budu) is a mobile application that lets people to backup their phone contacts to a remote server to get easy access to this essential information when the unforseen happens.
WatzMaTime (Emmanuel Ocansey, Walter Brown, Maximillian Mawuena Goddard) is an SMS application that allows users to conveniently check on the class and Exams schedule and allows lecturers to send updates to students whenever there is a change in class timetable.
The winner of the competition is yet to be named, as there will be a second round of deliberations, this time with Nokia, who gratefully donated the prizes that will go to the winners in order to move their project further along the road to becoming a start-up.