Developer Student Club, DUC – Creating Application In-line With The President’s Promise
Friday, February 7 2020, saw the coming together of the developer students club chapter of Dominion University College (DSC DUC) brainstorming to change the narrative on sanitation in Accra and other regions.
In line with His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana’s pledge to make Accra the cleanest and best city in Africa by the end of his first term of office, DSC DUC in preparation for the solution challenge by Google Developers, hosted the Solution Day Design on Friday.
DSC DUC’s solution challenge will tackle the sanitation problem facing Accra and other regions with the creation of The Clean Ghana Campaign App. A walk through most areas of the capital will shock you with the filth seen all around.
Heap of refuse left unattended to everywhere, as part of our civic duty as Ghanaians, this app gives everyone the chance to be a citizen and not just a spectator through the creation of this platform where anyone who downloads the app, can take a picture or video of the refuse left unattended to, comment under it then submit.
There will be an admin portal which will receive the picture or video with comments made to the authorities who will then take the necessary actions. The Google API feature enables the precise location as well as pictures taken to authorities.
The quest to make Accra the cleanest and best city in Africa cannot be done only by the government, but collectively as a people.
According to the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Ghana reportedly loses $290 million annually in the fight against poor sanitation across the country.
The Developer Student Club which was introduced in Africa in 2018 is a community group of students from diverse academic backgrounds worldwide working together to build solutions for local problems in peer to peer learning while getting access to Google developer resources.
The goal of a Developer Student Club is to impact students and empower them to impact their communities through technology which birth The Solution Challenge. The Solution Challenge is an annual contest which invites students from DSC communities to develop solutions for local community problems using one or more Google products or platform.
The Clean Ghana Campaign App will be using Google’s platform and also depend on android studio amongst others.
The solution challenge was announced January 6 2020 and the website went live, work on the challenge has begun and members hopeful to meet the March 30 deadline for the app submission. Ten winning teams will be announced worldwide in the last two weeks in May.
See the gallery from the event below:
We wish DSC DUC the best and looking forward to hearing news of their win.
Written by Simms Ekow Ben-Smith