TNM launches Smart challenge competition for ICT students

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country’s premier mobile provider, has launched Smart challenge competition targeting students to showcase innovation in ICT application development.

Sibande and Mbekeani announcing the competition
Sibande and Mbekeani announcing the competition

The competition challenges ICT students to come up with an innovation that will take ICT or mobile application to greater heights, according to TNM.

Students in ICT are expected to compete mainly in mobile applications.

Announcing the roll out of the competition,  TNM Head of Marketing Webster Mbekeani said the promotion is designed to expose ICT talents amongst the youth, let alone breed “our own Mark Zuckerberg” in Malawi.

“As a company we realize that there is talent out there which just lacks exposure. We therefore want to expose that talent. Smart Challenges is a vehicle through which these students would showcase their applications,” said Mbekeani.

Mbekeani said TNM is committed to contributing towards the evolution in the local ICT

“As a caring and patriotic brand TNM is committed to contribute towards the evolution in the local ICT industry through the development of relevant local mobile applications and local content that facilitate the delivery of a world class internet experience to its customers and Malawians at large,” he said.

TNM has engaged mHub, Facebook, Google, Opera Software and IBM as potential technology partners for this initiative.

These partners are expected to provide advice on the implementation of the program and support a platform through which app developers will be able to develop, test and launch their applications.

MHub Chief Executive Officer Rachel Sibande hailed TNM for the initiative that will assist young people to be innovative on ICT.

“We are very happy to partner with TNM on this competition that will support the young ones to be accomplished ICT enthusiast where by contributing to the growth of ICT in the country,” said Sibande

The competition kicked off Monday, October 5 2015 and deadline for application development submissions is November 30 2015 while the winners shall be unveiled on January 28 2016.

The competition is open to all full time students resident in Malawi. These students are expected to use mobile technology to develop solutions that will make an economic and social impact in the country.

Each member of the winning team will get the latest smart phones or laptop e.g. Samsung S Edge or Iphone6 or 2015 mack book Air or Microsoft surface.

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6 years ago

lwont to enroll gv what u wont to be in dat

6 years ago

Hey everyone, I think this is a really great initiative by TNM. I support and welcome a call for innovation from the youth who desperately need opportunities to showcase their talents on a competitive and public platform such as this one. I believe It’s really critical that the youth understand how their ideas can be applied in the real world while also offering them some much needed exposure and a little something to start with on that blank C.V. – It’s a very good place to start guys! By now, I’m sure society has accepted that the youth are more… Read more »

6 years ago

The problem with TNM is that it just copies what others have done elsewhere! How many companies outside have tried this so called Smart App competitions? What are their impact? Can we create Mark Zuckerberg’s of Malawi when all what we are doing in Malawi and Africa at large is to recycle technology ideas from the West? Mobile Apps can be a buzz now but I dont see any meaningful impact on African society of these so called apps!

6 years ago

Congratulations TNM

Akim Banda Nthendiam
6 years ago

I would like to enter the competition ok

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