TeamMunno from Ndejje University were the grand winners of the marie stopes health app challenge 2016. Image Credit: Vodafone Uganda
TeamMunno from Ndejje University were the grand winners of the marie stopes health app challenge 2016. Image Credit: Vodafone Uganda

Marie Stopes Uganda together with Vodafone Uganda and Hostalite Ltd partnered to hold the 2016 Health App Challenge which took place at the Uganda Museum from 13th to 14th May, 2016.

The two-day hackthorn attracted 60 local developers and innovators from different Ugandan universities to develop a mobile health app solution that promotes young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services where each university was represented by a group of four individuals.

All the hackers did code their way to win the challenge, but the judges managed to give the grand award to TeamMunno from Ndejje University who came up with a mobile application integrated with artificial intelligence (AI).

The team went home with Vodafone handsets, a 4G indoor router (with 50GB of 6mbps data cap per month, for a period of 6 months), 3 months incubation for their app at the Hostalite Cyber Academy, exposure to funding from Marie Stopes Innovation fund plus Marie Stopes health cards valid for a year.

TeamUtamu from Uganda Technology and Management University and TeamMpenzi from International Health Science University came in as the 1st and 2nd runners up respectively, walking away with Vodafone handsets and 4G indoor routers.