Four students who earned tickets to fly to world’s technology nerve-centre, the Silicon Valley, USA after emerging winners in the TNM Smart Challenge ICT competition, the first of its kind by a local mobile telecoms company in Malawi are currently in USA for a 10 day visit.
The four are Panache Jere, Daniel Mvalo, Walter Moyo and ThandieMagasa. The four left the country on Saturday through Chileka International airport.
Jere, a ten year old standard six kid from Christian Heritage Primary School in Lilongwe, won in the Smart Kid category of the competition after developing an application, ‘Talk To Me’, while the trio developed a health service app, ‘Martenitech’in the Smart Student category. The four beat a field of 15 other contestants who had been short-listed.
Speaking before departure, leader of the winning team Walter Moyo said that they were happy to realize their dreams to visit the hub of ICT in the world.
“We would like to thank TNM for organising this competition. This is a life changer and a life time achievement, visiting such IT hubs Facebook and other American IT companies is something we never anticipated in our wildest imaginations. We pledge to cascade the knowledge we will gain in the USA for the development of mother Malawi,” said Moyo.
Moyo said the trip to Silicon Valley is an exposure to youth talent on ICT in the country.
“We have got high expectations from this trip more especially on gains and skills in software development that we will acquire from the international conference that the team will attend,” added Moyo.
TNM Chief Commercial Officer Daniel Makata said the company was pleased that it is fulfilling its promises of flying the Smart Challenge winners to Silicon Valley in USA.
“TNM is pleased to provide such an enabling platform to our youths to become the best they can and to challenge the conventional way of thinking. The youths have the power to change the world through ICT, and we at TNM alongside our IT partners are very excited to support innovation in Malawi. The trip to Silicon Valley demonstrates our passion for ICT development,” said Makata.
Makata said as an ICT company, TNM is committed to create an enabling environment for innovations.
“It is our hope that this Smart Challenge competition becomes the trendsetter for various ICT innovations for youths in the country as demonstrated by the innovative and brilliant applications that we received from the participants,” he said
The team is expected to tour Facebook, Google, Apple and Stanford University and also attend an ICT International conference in San Francisco, Califonia. They are expected to return home on April 18, 2016.
Launched on October 5, 2015 the TNM Smart Challenge provided students, pupils and their communities a platform to showcase innovation in mobile application.
TNM engaged MHub, Facebook, Google, Opera Software and IBM as technology partners for this initiative.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :