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Premier mobile service provider TNM now accords the public a chance to start voting for their favourite application in the ongoing Smart Challenge Competition which will see winners flying to Silicon Valley in the United States of America (USA).

Launched on October 5, 2015 the TNM Smart Challenge gives students, pupils and their communities a platform to showcase innovation in mobile application development. The response has been encouraging as the competition received participation in all the three categories Smart Kid for pupils, Smart Student for scholars in tertiary education and Smart Community for their institutions.  

TNM’s Marketing Manager Madalitso Jonazi said submission of entries has so far been completed and 30 entries have made the final list which enters the voting phase.

“The public can now start voting for their favorite application in different categories by sending a participant’s code to 575 or online by visiting our website, smartchallenge.tnm.co.mw,” said Jonazi.

Twenty three year old  Samson Fiado won the GIST Spirit of Tech Award at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya in 2015. The Global Innovation for Science and Technology (GIST) Competition attracted thousands of applicants from 86 countries across the world. 

Fiado became a member of mHub in February, 2015. He developed a local Accounting Package, called EasyBooks. The platform is specifically designed for small and medium enterprise businesses to document and track their business’ financial details. It helps businesses  know whether they are making profits or not, keep records of their customers and suppliers, keeps track of revenue generated, expenses incurred, VAT.  

Globally the number of females in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields is significantly lower than that of men. This is despite the fact that women make up over half of the world’s population. mHub introduced a female developers’ competition to encourage female participation in computer science and technology. The competition is sponsored by a Malawian couple; Lindani and Linda Phiri based out of North Carolina in the United States. Lindani is a software developer with Red Hat Inc whilst Linda is a Medical Doctor.

In June 2015; technology entrepreneur Rachel Sibande received an award from giant technology corporation Google for outstanding Computer Science Students around the world. Rachel is CEO and founder of Malawi’s first  technology incubator mHub.

Rachel Sibande’s work is giving hope to young technology entrepreneurs in the country who are struggling to build business models and make pitches to relevant industries.

At the end of their first year at the Polytechnic; Maggie and Towera were keen to learn more beyond the class work and decided to join other technology enthusiasts at mHub to sharpen their skills. Soon, the two were on to a fulfilling journey of discovering web design and development using Notepad++.  Within two months; the two girls had mastered HTML, CSS, PHP and Java such that they were able to build appealing and mobile responsive websites.

mHub facilitated linkages between the duo and two law firms for which they built websites at a fee;  which motivated the two to register their own company.

“Teach a child whilst they are still young and they shall always remember” so the saying goes. Children are generally fast learners to new concepts, languages and adapt easily to new phenomena as compared to adults.  Elsewhere in the world including in Malawi; there are still visible gaps in terms of professionals that are working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. In a quest to build a generation of  more professionals in the aforementioned fields; it is necessary to engage with children and young people at an early stage to motivate them with incentives and deliberate strategies that enhance awareness of these subjects. It is in this vein that Mhub established a Childrens Coding Club. The club is basically a training session for children to learn basic computer programming concepts.

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