NORMAN Dube scooped the first prize at the TechCamp Conference competition in Zambia yesterday.
Dube’s team which developed the Youth Awareness Project Africa (YAPA) app won the first prize at a tightly contested competition beating other countries such as Namibia, Zambia, Malawi.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Dube’s team was mentored by Road Rules App founder and CEO Tawanda Chikosi.
He said his goal to see technology improve lives paid off with this win.
“It feels great, its definitely a great feeling to win in such a competition. For me my goal has always been to improve how we live using technology and to have had this opportunity to participate and win its overwhelming,” said Dube.
Chikosi said it was an honour to have Dube as his mentee.
“It’s so fulfilling to have mentored this Zimbabwean young man Norman Dube on his mobile app idea over these past two days to the point of winning the 1st prize against (9) other talented teams from Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Zambia & Tanzania at the #TechcampZambia #Techcamplusaka 2017 hackathon! Job well done, we have #madeourmark and now proudly head home!,” said Chikosi.
“My application was based on educating the youth on the voting process and giving them access to information that they would need to understand the voting process,” he said.
Users can create an account to have access on political party information. They can also get location details on polling stations on the app meant to benefit African youth.
“The app is targeted at Africa as a whole as there is a need to educate the youth voting and that would then reduce invalid votes usually caused by lack of understanding or knowledge,” he said.
The user is able to create an account then within the app they have access to all parties and the representatives within those parties.
“One can then ‘follow’ any of the candidates whereby you then receive curated content specific to them. Users are able to get access to their nearest polling stations with the ability to get gps directions,” added Dube.
Information about campaign rallies is also found on the app.
“Access to events which are targeted at being town hall meetings. Access to social media pages. Station rooms and more,” he said.