Meet the Kisumu Hackathon Winners
The winners of Nailab Kisumu hackathon were M-Security. The team that comprised of Lawrence, Catherine and Kizito developed a solution, which will ease police investigations using affordable technology. According to Catherine, the aim of the solution is to create a system that will allow our police service to search criminal, registrations databases using not only computers but text based services too. An officer with a phone should be able to search the database and get results fast enabling them conduct their work easily. The key feature here is the usage of phones including feature phones that are very affordable and using text based communication.
PataKibarua a solution built with the aim of helping young people in the community get informal employment were 1st runners up. Their solution aims to link young people with blue-collar job skills with the available job opportunities in their localities. This will help to address the unemployment in the community.
The founder paul Oguda said “The main problem being faced by young people in this country is the fact that that most formal employment job listings are expectant of one to have some years of experience and most of this young people have none.”
PataKibarua therefore wants to help give access to this young people to job listings focused on the informal sector and also develop a platform to offer apprentice opportunities to those who want to go the blue collar way. He added that the informal sector is the main employer in Kenya with over 70% according to research conducted by PataKibarua
In third place was SMARTclinic who are health enthusiasts. The group developed an application that alerts patients when their hospital appointments are due, one’s doctors availability, help track there progress and give them information on health matters that will improve their livelihoods.
The founder of SMARTclinic Felix told us “SMARTclinic is an SMS based solution since as a country we have a high mobile phone penetration with about 95% of the people living in the Kisumu community owning a phone.”