by MARIA MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – A MOBILE solution that provides a platform for people in the informal sector to meet potential employers and seek job opportunities has emerged the winner of the Safaricom Appwiz Challenge.
Lynk has bagged the Ksh 1,5 million grant for winning the prize.
Created by Adam Grunewald, Erick Obiero and Sharon Macharia, Lynk aims to provide an easy, affordable and reliable solution that will connect thousands of informal sector workers to people in need of on demand services ranging from plumbing and electrical work to gardening, painting and car repair.
Hisa Play, a solution that simulates trading in the stock exchange and equips users with the skills to invest by using system-generated virtual currency to mimic the workings of the Nairobi Securities Exchange, has emerged a runner-up.
It won Ksh1 million.
Mkulima App, an innovative solution that helps farmers reduce wastage of harvest and track their income came in third place, winning Ksh 500 000.
This year’s edition of the Safaricom Appwiz Challenge attracted over 320 applications in four categories including Customer Engagement Solutions, Safaricom Product Excellence solutions, Mobile Convenience and Out of the Box solutions.
“The competition has grown significantly since we launched in 2013 and this year we saw innovators present an even more refined set of ideas to our panel of judges, coaches and mentors,” said Joseph Ogutu, Safaricom’s Director of Innovation and Strategy.
Victor Kyalo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, said the competition demonstrated the fact that Kenya had a wealth of creativity and the ability to develop relevant, home-grown technological solutions to challenges and needs.
“This initiative by Safaricom is proof that partnership and co-creation can spur Kenya’s growth in ICT by connecting young innovators to the business community and consumers, thereby supporting innovation and creating employment,” Kyalo added.
– CAJ News