A team of 9 student software engineers in the College of Business, Peace Leadership and Governance has qualified for the second track of a two- track appathon that is being hosted by the Computer Science Society of Zimbabwe and US based organization , The @ Company. The @appathon is a program for aspiring entrepreneurs and app developers who believe that people should own their data. Teams are tasked with creating compelling consumer apps using The @ Company’s open, permissions-based @protocol with the potential for attaining recognition of their projects at a national and global level as well as acquiring future funding.
Led by Computer Sciences and Software Engineering Lecturer Mr. Mukhalela, the 9 students – Keith Maworise, Karin Sana, Stanley Masimba Chiremba, Nyasha Masese, Maxine Rumbidzayi Mutasa, Stewart Ngozo, Liberty Mdaya, Kumbirai Kanyenze and Rubinaldo Domingos beat out 10 other local teams in a competition that required the contestants to create a consumer mobile application that innovatively uses the @protocol, an application development platform created by The @Company.
The team’s victory saw them being awarded a cash prize of USD 500 towards their project and a place in the second track of the competition that will draw teams from the US, Canada, Bermuda, Bangladesh and many others. The AU team is currently undergoing 6 weeks of rigorous training and mentorship that will impart skills in pitch development, design, start- up funding and marketing.