Malawi girl develops banking app: Receives award from Mhub Technologies

Malawian student at Lilongwe Technical College, Tamanda Pius, has developed mobile application called Mobi – Bank, which seeks to ease congestion in banks by allowing users to make bank transactions on their mobile phones.

Sibande Mhub CEO giving her speech

Sibande Mhub CEO giving her speech

Pius receiving the Award from Mhub technologies

Pius receiving the Award from Mhub technologies

Famous American multinational technology company,Google, and United states based couple through Mhub Technologies, is training young girls and engaging them in application development competition under the supervision of one of the Malawi’s computer wizard Rechel Sibande.
Mhub Technologies gave an award to Pius for the Mobi-bank app.

“I am very happy to be associated with Google.. I have learnt a lot here at Mhub Technologies,” said Pius.

Apart from Pius, awards were given to some girls from colleges around Lilongwe for developing mobile applications that try to solve some of challenges in the community.

Member of Parliament for Dedza East, Juliana Lunguzi, graced the ceremony, at the Malawi’s inaugural technology hub; MHub.

The award giving ceremony followed a two week workshop where the girls were trained on how to develop mobile applications using Google’s MIT Application Inventor platform.

The training culminated into a competition also called a hackathon; where the girls were tasked to come up with ideas and build mobile applications that were pitched to a panel of judges.

Winners were rewarded with an Ipad, Samsung Galaxy Tablets, Flash Disks, Google branded T-shirts and Stickers.

The event was organized by mHub with support from Google and a Malawian US based family of Linda and Lindani Phiri.

Speaking during the function, Lindani who is also a software developer at Red HInc. in North Carolina, USA said he decided to assist the girls as one way of promoting and encouraging more girls to do more in Information Communication and Technology.

Linda is a scientist who has been making a lot of research.

The Phiri’s catered for the prizes for the girls in honour of their mothers.
Lindani Phiri said “I decided to set this competition as one way of honouring my Mamie and the Linda’s Mamie who all passed on, we are intended of making this as annual event,”

Lunguzi commended the girls for thinking of ways to solve challenges communities face.

“The communities we are living in are facing a lot of challenges that need people like you to solve. It is very commendable to see girls using technology to solve some of these challenges,” said Lunguzi.

She went further in encouraging them to work hard and remain focused on what they do so that they can set good examples to the other girls.

Lunguzi further referred the girls to draw inspiration from Rachel Sibande, CEO of mHub who was also the lead facilitator of the training for what she is doing in changing the landscape of technology in Malawi by setting up Malawi’s first technology hub; mHub and leading such initiatives.

mHub is Malawi’s first technology hub and incubator space for young technology enterpreneurs. The hub identifies, nurtures and mentors young technology enthusiasts with technical and business skills. It also provides a co-working space for start ups and facilitates other initiatives such as technical trainings for website developers and game developers.

According to the CEO of mHub, Rachel Sibande, female participation in science and technology is significantly low globally; hence the need to encourage more girls to consider careers in science related courses.

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20 thoughts on “Malawi girl develops banking app: Receives award from Mhub Technologies”

  1. Tang'atang'a says:

    Playing netball is not innovation,what is wrong with us Malawians. This is why people are rewarded and punished for the wrong reasons as exemplified in the quota system.

  2. Kankheni says:

    @De Morgan Rules – perhaps you should have asked for details on the app instead of assuming this is another recycled idea. The app was chosen out of 23 by a panel of judges that included technical people who have seen a lot of mobile apps.
    That aside you are missing the larger point (repeated many times in article) that the main point of the event was to encourage girl participation in IT.

  3. Concerned Citizen says:

    Congratulations Racheal. You are doing great work. Please continue encouraging innovation. In you there is hope for our nation.

  4. Tione says:

    Lunguzi ndi dhilu. This innovation is by a girl and thus a girl needs to be there not those noisy gogos. Mxiem

  5. San says:

    As a UK-based Malawian tech enthusiast, I have to say hats off to the organisers of this event. Congratulations also go out to the winner. I believe that our young girls do need to be motivated to have successful professional careers – whether it’s in tech or another field.

    The next step should be to teach the winner how to protect her intellectual property to avoid theft and how to bring the product to market.

  6. Bamusinchitsiru says:

    Rachel seeking attention too much aaah watikwana

  7. Peter says:

    Juliana Lunguzi Kalanda was guest of honour? In her capacity as who?

  8. Mtundu Wanga says:

    Bravo! But why did they invite MP for Dedza while sidelining MP for Lilongwe City? Moreover, if this girl developed an app for banking, why didn’t the organizers invite the Banks such as National Bank, NBS Bank etc to showcase the innovation to them and draw their interest? If you don’t create such links this whole exercise is just an academic undertaking with no real application. It would have been better to invite industry gurus than noisy politicians who don’t really contribute much to national development!

  9. kambindingu "hard & low" says:

    Shame !! What is UNIMA and this village university called MUST doing? Still sleeping at this digital age ?

  10. if only ramsay snow and joffrey baratheon had met... says:

    then why were innovator prizes given to netball players and djs? i’m just asking….

  11. che saizi says:

    As already said, nothing new here but tech illiterates will clap hands. Someone simply wants free self glorification here!

  12. The Commenter says:

    As much as I appreciate the work done buy mhub I think its a no brainer to give a software developer an iPad and a t-shirt… Instead of helping the girl to sell the app or find investors so that she makes money out of this…. Mark my words the mhub company will make a lot of cash from the app and the girl will be left with nothing but a branded Tshirt that can be found at kaunjika

  13. De Morgan's Rules says:

    Nothing new here. Recycled ideas! We have developed these apps already as main projects in college. Ask IT gurus or people in Engineering disciplines. The only thing is that non IT people don’t know that’s why they just clap hands if they just here this surface knowledge. Find out from Poly, Chanco, Mzuni and Nacit. Let’s bring new ideas in programming, software engineering, mobile telecommunication, networking, artificial intelligence, modeling and simulation, etc.

  14. mtumbuka says:

    Great initiative Linda and Lindani

  15. Bob says:

    Good development

  16. Nyayekha says:

    Just an award?in western countries this girl genius of ours would an instant billionaire,lets not let her innovative get exploited so that the multinationals should continue getting richer.

  17. Congratulations well done Tamanda. I wish you more future successes so that you can be role model for other girls. I as a Malawian in the United Kingdom with keen interest to improve girls access to education and reduce teenage pregnancy in Malawi, your achievement gives me motivation and drive to continue my dream of one day to be able to contribute to such successes among many girls in Malawi. Once again congratulations and keep it up.

  18. Benjones says:

    Well done

  19. Khamani!! says:

    Kho kho kho kho kho kho m’manjamo ….

  20. advisory committee says:

    Why Lunguzi and not kaliati and kabwira?

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