Shirley Manu, Level 400 UCC Student kick-starts App to help Motorists
Shirley Manu, a level 400 student of the University of Cape Coast has kickstarted the development of a mobile application to help motorists, particularly drivers in their day to day operations.
The App, known as “FIX IT” is aimed to solve the many problems associated with vehicles break down and make the predicament less stressful.
Shirley Manu was a participant in the recently ended Girl Code Cape Coast initiative launched by MTN Ghana Foundation in partnership with Women in Tech Africa. The initiative dubbed:“MTN Girl Code: Tech camp for ladies going places” is with the core aim of encouraging young women to participate in coding and computer programming, areas which are typically dominated by males. She placed 3rd and won a cash prize of GHS 1,000.
What Will the “FIX IT” app do when completed?
Shirley explained that the application will have three (3) features. The basic one being a “Mechanic Shop Locator”. Another feature being a “Car Repair Cost Estimator” and the last feature, which is a bonus feature, will give “Car Maintenance Tips” to the apps users. The application will have a user-friendly interface that will enable vehicle users to have fast access to mechanic shops around them, even in the middle of nowhere.
The hustle associated with breaking down of vehicles will be drastically reduced. Also, drivers will have a fair idea of the cost of services being rendered to them even before a mechanic arrives. They can prepare at hand in order to prevent “bargaining conflicts” whatsoever. For people who want to get tips on maintaining their vehicles, with the “FIX IT” application, they could also type in any part of a car and free maintenance tips about the part will be given.
Motivation and Future Plans
For a lady who is all so new to the tech world, Shirley Manu explained that she was motivated by the opportunity she had from Women in Tech and MTN, to learn coding, video game development and to build up her self-esteem. The facilitators and volunteers of the program also motivated her a lot throughout the process. They put an “I can do” spirit in her.
Currently, a wireframe of the app has been developed. Shirley is building a team comprising of a User Researcher, Visual Designer, Content Strategist, Front-end Developer and an Experience lead. Hopefully, the app will be ready to be presented at the next MTN Apps Challenge in October 2017. She also plans on bringing the final app to the market.