Zimbabwean software engineer and Harvard University graduate Hope Ndhlovu won the 2019 World Bank Youth Summit award for developing an application called Tuverl that seeks to make public transport cheaper, more accessible and predictable for commuters across Africa.
Ndlovu was the Jury Award winner at the World Bank Group Youth Summit 2019 running under the theme Smarter Cities for a Resilient Future held last week in Washington DC.
Hope who is also the co-Founder of Tuverl expressed his gratitude to everyone that has supported his start-up.
“I am happy to announce that my startup Tuverl came 1st at the WorldBank Youth Summit Pitch Competition in Washington DC,”
“Tuverl was among 5 teams selected from 885 applications from 98 countries and I owe my gratitude to everyone who supported me and my team throughout our journey at the Youth Summit,” he said.
Currently, Tuverl is running a pilot project in Bulawayo where 30 operators and 250 commuters are part of the test run of the project essentially with the end goal of scaling throughout the country in various cities and towns.
Speaking on what would say to stakeholders that are involved in the daily runnings of cities Ndlovu said:
“One of the most important stakeholders are local authorities in every city, and for any smart city endeavor that you might want to create. One thing I was going to ask if I could talk to any mayor right now, is essentially getting to a place with more private to public sector partnership where local authorities engages the informal sector to bring dividends to the city itself,”.
Established in 2013, with the primary goal of empowering youth to explore innovative ideas to tackle emerging development challenges and to provide youth with the tools to build and engage in impactful projects the Youth Summit is an annual event hosted by the World Bank Group to engage with youth globally on the most pressing topics facing our generation.