Be Smart

Be a true challenger and win.
 
As a contribution towards ICT development in Malawi, TNM launches TNM SMART CHALLENGE, a ground breaking initiative aimed at inspiring and growing locally relevant mobile website and application development targeting students in Malawi at all levels of education and the community at large. The Challenge will reward local mobile website and application developers in order to nurture and inspire creative talent development among students. This competition will further generate awareness about TNM's existing involvement and support for the Free Basics by Facebook Initiative to bring internet connectivity across Malawi. This will be the first initiative of its kind in Malawi. Entry into the competition will be grouped into 3 main categories as follows: -
Smart Kid

Smart Kid

This category targets the young generation of entrepreneurs in Malawi inspiring them to become innovative problem solvers. This category will incorporate both APP development and competitive USSD games. Through multiple choice quiz questions, the participants will be engaged on various technology related topics. The questions are designed to impart basic knowledge on ICT, business ethics and TNM Smart Data products. The purpose for this category is to arouse interest in ICT and instil a logical problem solving approach in children. Entry will be restricted to children aged between 5-12 years. 

 

Smart Student

Smart Student

This second category will focus on mobile website and application development among students with the aim of selecting the best mobile application development team at the end of the competition. This category will help to identify and nurture innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit among students in Malawi. The participants with the most innovative mobile application or website will have the opportunity to develop their ideas further using support from the competition prizes. The ultimate goal will be to grow the idea into a fully-fledged business. This category will be open to students aged 13 years and above. 

Smart Community

Smart Community

This category will involve submissions from secondary and tertiary level institutions and technology hubs that have facilitated mobile technology based solutions development with best mobile technology community being selected at the end of the contest. Applicants are expected to have developed solutions that have addressed pertinent ICT challenges in Malawi. The institution with the most successful mobile technology based solutions will have the opportunity to win a computer lab and participate in international mobile application development competitions and programs. This category will only be open to institutions.

Rollout

With mobile application development being a new area for TNM, successful rollout of the program in its early phases requires TNM to partner with various stakeholders in the ICT industry that are experienced in mobile application development. The partners will play an advisory role in the implementation, assessment and validation of the programme. In the execution of TNM Smart Challenge Season One TNM will work closely with mHUB, Facebook, Google, IBM and Opera Software as strategic partners.

Prizes

Smart Kid 

  • Smart App Developer to get a high-end tablet - iPad Mini 2 and Trip to Silicon Valley  to visit Facebook, Google, Apple and Stanford University among others
  • Top 5 App developers will receive Facebook Bootstrap packages which provides startups with an exclusive community, worldwide events, mentorship from Facebook, and up to US$150,000 in free developer tools – each team to get US$30,000 worth of value through these developers tools. These developers tools to be used with their colleagues at their school of affiliation.
  • Monthly game winners to get a Haus P7 each.
  • Facebook branded merchandize like t-shirts for each of the winners

Smart Student 

  • Trip to Silicon Valley to visit Facebook, Google, Apple, Opera and Stanford University among others
  • Top 5 App developers to receive Facebook Bootstrap packages which provides startups with an exclusive community, worldwide events, mentorship from Facebook, and up to US$150,000 in free developer tools – each team to get US$30,000 worth of value through these developers tools
  • Top 3 winners to be integrated with Free Basics by Facebook Malawi i.e their applications will be integrated to Free Basics by Facebook Malawi.
  • Each member of the winning team to get Samsung S6 Edge.
  • Facebook branded merchandize like t-shirts for each of the winners

Smart Community 

  • Winning institution will WIN a TNM Computer Lab with 4 computers. The lab to be branded as TNM Innovation Lab.
  • Top 5 App developers will receive Facebook Bootstrap packages which provides startups with an exclusive community, worldwide events, mentorship from Facebook, and up to US$150,000 in free developer tools – each team to get US$30,000 worth of value through these developers tools.
  • Facebook branded merchandize like t-shirts for each of the winners

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