Building up to the annual Hackathon and Technology conference, Hacklab 2018 on Friday, April 6, 2018, let’s take a breather to meet up with the winners from last year’s event.
After waiting for months (31st March 2017), Hacklab 2017 was finally here. The organizers, The Hacklab Foundation, seeing the massive lapse in the financial technology sector, sought to help address this issue before it grew out of hand. In that vein, they consorted with Stanbic Bank (a member of the Standard Group), a brand that is passionate about technology and it’s influenced in the financial industry. Together with DreamOval, parent group of Slydepay, they strove to collectively “Promote Financial Inclusion Through Digital Solutions”.
After the idea pitching and live demos came the moment of effort rewarding and these applications came out tops.
EZI SUSU – OVERALL WINNERS OF HACKLAB 2017
The development team of Ezi Susu, called EziTech Solutions, that thrives on making life easy through tech, was made up of Gideon Appiah, Richmond Larry Clifford and Godfred Addai Boateng all offering Computer Science at KNUST.
Due to the 2017 event being themed “Promoting financial inclusion through digital solutions”, the Ezi team targeted the Susu collection market. In Ghana, Susu collection is one of the most traditional banking systems for the lower and middle-income classes of the Ghanaian economy. They sought to transform this outdated form of banking transaction by building Ezi Susu, doing away with all the disadvantages of Susu collection and digitizing transactions.
Ezi Susu is a savings application which allows its users to save money real time reliably. The goal of the application was to remove the problems and limitations the current Susu collection system; these include lack of flexibility when saving or withdrawing, theft by Susu collectors and lack of security pertaining to the money collections. The service allows clients to top up, withdraw funds, print statements without any limitations from the comfort of their current location using payment options provided by Slydepay. They swooped away with GH¢ 3,000.00 at the end of the competition. They didn’t rest after that, moving on to develop EziFood, a food delivery app for students on KNUST campus which has generated over GH¢20,000 in sales.
MAWUTOR CYRIL – MOST PROMISING DEVELOPER
Mawutor Cyril Agbenyenu was a 2nd-year food science student. He developed Cactus. Cactus is a web application that sought to automate bitcoin transactions. This amazing, automated and easy to use a piece of Bitcoin trading software does all the hard work and research for you.
It pretty much dumbs down the whole trading process so you can concentrate on what really matters… when to buy at low price and sell for higher. Cactus simply calculates what the best trading results are going to be and places your bid for you accordingly. This was way before Bitcoin started making major waves.
His innovation and awesome coding skills (He’s a Pythonista) saw him win the Most Promising Developer at the Hackathon, taking home a cash prize of GH¢ 400.00 and getting an internship at DreamOval Limited.
CARTE – BEST PITCH
The development team of Carte, Room 63, a food delivery application was developed by Emmanuel Oppong Sarpong, Edward Morgan and Kojo Gyan all studying Mechanical Engineering at KNUST.
The team identified the problem KNUST students had with the buying and delivery of food, as some students reside far from their favourite food joints. Being inspired by the ride-hailing app, Uber, Carte was born (Carte is French which means to serve). The application allows students to view a food menu and pay for them via Mobile Money using Slydepay regardless of their location on campus. An alert is then sent to any student, who has signed up as a merchant, in close proximity to the food joint to buy and deliver the food and earn money on its delivery.
They had a spectacular presentation accompanied with awesome graphics that saw them win the Best Pitch. They also went home with a cash prize of GH¢ 400.00.
Some photos from HackLab 2017
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