On invitation by the Africa Startup Summit & Smart Green Makeathon in Tunisa, Kenneth Muhereza, a student at Cavendish University Uganda had the opportunity to showcase his Innovation – “Public Taxi, Uganda App”.
Smart Green Tunisia Matheathon (SGTM) is an innovative educational event in which several teams from different fields of study create and develop technological prototypes as well as innovative solutions during a short period of time. Inspired by Smart Green Island and organised by ITQ GmbH in collaboration with the Africa Start-up Summit, it was the first Makeathon not only in Tunisia but on the entire African continent.
SGTM took place at the Laico Hotel from 21st to 24th September, 2019. The 4-day challenge which attracted University teams from over 20 countries was full of innovations focused on Smart Home, Smart City, IoT, Automation, Robotics, Smart Farming, Smart Production, Smart Health, Smart and Green Energy, Smart Mobility as well as Artificial Intelligence.
Kenneth exhibited the ‘Public Taxi, Uganda App’, which he developed with the aim of improving safety and security of communal taxi users in the country. The app is designed to monitor, connect & build relationships between passengers, drivers and vehicle owners which in turn helps to curb crime such as theft of property and to make all parties feel secure.
Africa Startup Summit – Afric’Up is the biggest event dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship and the promotion of talents of African Youth. The summit offers African young innovators an ecosystem from which to launch and accelerate their start-up ideas. African young entrepreneurs are on the other hand presented with a unique opportunity to connect, reach a global audience, and to engage with the tech community.
The event took place in Tunisia from 24th – 25th of September 2019, under the aegis and invitation of the Tunisian Government, Smart Africa Alliance, with its Co-hosting partners GIZ & Make IT in Africa.
The conference was well attended and brought together more than 150 speakers and renowned investors under the theme, “Smart Cities & Open Innovation in Africa, what opportunities for startups?”
“It was a great experience that provided me with an open innovation space and a network community. I was honoured to witness first-hand and receive personal mentoring from the gurus and inspirational role models from High Tech and Corporate sectors from all over the world.” Kenneth remarked.
The winning team will be sponsored to participate at the next “Smart Green Island Makeathon 2020” in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain.