Girl Code Accra: App developers win GHS 5,000 in Cash Prizes
An innovative baby monitoring App called ‘Ma Mama’ has been developed by four university graduates who participated in an initiative dubbed: “MTN Girl Code: Tech Camp for ladies going places.”
The developers of this App also won a cash prize of GH 2,500 and with the chance of participating in the next MTN App Challenge contest.
These four tertiary young graduates who participated in this contest go by the group name BLUE. They are Osei Daniella Marilyn- UG Graduate; Opong Dorcas –UG Graduate; Yaa Aboagye-Heming- UG and Abigail Mesrenyame Dogbe- UMAT Graduate.
However, this innovative App christened ‘Ma Mama’ was carefully designed to help mothers to monitor their babies at home by ensuring their well-being.
More so, Vanessa Otchere, a level 200 student from Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) who also developed Transport Booking App called Ticket EX came as 2nd winner with a cash prize of GHC 1,500
MTN Ghana Foundation in partnership with Women in Tech Africa has taken this giant step by launching this initiative dubbed:“MTN Girl Code: Tech camp for ladies going places” with the core aim of encouraging young women to participate in coding and computer programming, areas typically dominated by males.
In an interview with Mrs Ethel Cofie, Founder, Women in Tech Africa, at the final day of the camping in Accra, she noted that her outfit collaborated with MTN Ghana in order to empower young Women in Technology across Africa to positively impact their Communities.
And also, encourage the next generation of women leaders to explore the opportunities that IT offers and to pursue careers in the fast-growing Information Communication Technology industry.
This she said, as a country, there is the need to the growing technology sector and technology entrepreneurs in order to boost economic development.
Adding that, the knowledge and the entrepreneurial skills imparted to these young women will empower them to become economically independent in life since Ghana as a country is really a fertile ground for technology and innovations.
Research information from the Ministry of Finance website indicates that innovations and ICT are estimated to contribute about USD 750 million to Ghana’s GDP, representing a substantial 1% of GDP from a sub-sector
According to her, this maiden edition of MTN Code, participants were selected from tertiary institutions in four regions. Including Greater Accra, Central, Ashanti and Northern regions
While Priscilla Esther Dominic – UG, Pamela Mantey-UG, Kabuki Ibrahim-UG Graduate and Keziah Odoi of UG, who developed Delivery of Organic App called Di Dwa also came 3rd with the cash prize of GH C 1,000. However, all the participants have been given the opportunity to compete the next MTN App Challenge contest. And also, with a free office space at the Accra Digital Center for a year.