MTN Zambia has announced the top three winners of the Zambian edition of the 2019 MoMo Hackathon developer challenge which was launched in October 2019.
A Zambian Application Developer, Mr. Chilambwe Kasonde won the first prize in the MTN Zambia MoMo Hackathon competition – at $2500. Chiiko Mlangeni, an economist won the second prize at $2000 while Thulani Rex, a software engineer for Dot. Com Zambia won the third position for $1500.
Mr. Kasonde will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa on an all paid for trip to compete with other winners from Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon and Ivory Coast where they will pick a winner who will travel to the Ericsson Innovation Laboratory in Sweden.
The winning project in the MoMo Hackathon attempts to provide innovative solutions to help orphanages get donations from well-wishers. The Mobile Money Hackathon developer challenge was launched in October 2019 which granted third parties’ access to MTN Zambia’s Application Programming Interfaces (API) to innovate on the platform and develop products and innovative solutions to enable a wider range of digital solutions for MTN Zambia’s customers thereby deepening Financial Inclusion in the country.
Speaking when he presented the prizes to the winners in Lusaka, MTN Zambia Chief FinTech Officer, Mr. Komba Malukutila said, “The MoMo Hackathon Developer Challenge was a great experience for all of us. Meeting these young people full of passion and faith in their applications convinced us that they will change the world, that they will be the next digital giants. The impact of such projects for Fintech is huge and I have no doubt that they will have a bold effect on our ecosystem.”
Mr. Malukutila also added that, “all the participants had the daunting task to innovate around the MTN Mobile Money service and take advantage of the initiative to accelerate financial inclusion and the digitization of payments, which many of them did brilliantly.”
The MoMo Developer Hackathon Challenge is a joint initiative by the MTN Group and Ericsson where all developers and entrepreneurs were invited to use their imagination and computer language know-how to propose projects that would use Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to improve the daily lives of MoMo users.