After a 54 hour marathon of tech entrepreneurship and idea development the Startup Weekend Zimbabwe ended yesterday with the first prize going to the Kwese Music team with their device and application called K’tamba. As winners they walked away with prizes valued at $78,000.
K’tamba is an app and device that uses everyday objects that are able to conduct electrical current such as fruit as musical instruments. These objects are attached to the device which is connected to a computer that hosts the application. Through the app a user can select an instrument whose sound is simulated when the objects are handled by direct human contact.
First runner up was the MoneyGame team with an online sports betting platform that allows registered punters to place their bets thereby eliminating the hassles of travelling to the sports betting centres as well as queuing just to place a bet. Users of the platform who win are given a reference number that can be used when redeeming their winnings at specific outlets and they can also enter their winnings to place more bets on the platform.
In third place was Combi Code with an application that allows commuters to get information on a kombi such as its registration, safety record and rating from a QR code on the kombi. Users of the app can also alert police if the driver is disregarding road safety.
The judges, mentors and organisers of the event applauded the efforts of all the participants and special mention was made for some of the participants still in high school. These included 15 year old developer Tadiwanashe Maziwisa from the MoneyGame team who managed to make a major contribution to the team.
The other teams that pitched their ideas at the final included:
Agri Biz – They had a mobile app for accessing real time agricultural information on transport, weather conditions and market prices
Ungano – The team created an online platform to engage and manage freelance human resources for businesses that rely on the sub contracting of certain services.
Q4u – These guys created an app that manages queues for businesses and government offices by booking queue holders spots electronically and notifying them when they are close to being served
Schools Connect – The team designed a central point for students for all their academic and vocational needs. The platform works as an online community that ensures that anyone enrolled in a Zimbabwean learning institution can get all relevant information on one site.
Agro Market – This team created a web and SMS platform for providing farmers with accurate crop pricing information as well as integrated agro-focused data relating to farming input. It helps anticipate future demands so as to mitigate the risk of investment in a low return crop thereby bordering on a crop futures model.
Shecodes – The predominantly female team designed a web based app for centralised patient records giving any authorised doctor access and as such an opportunity to treat the patient anywhere.
Validaid – The product designed by this team is meant to verify medical aid details for patients using the services of medical aid societies that take on the product. This speeds up the health delivery process at all medical centres.
Pitch2Pitch – This team created an online validation platform where any user can get mentorship and validation of entrepreneurial ideas from anywhere in the world. This online mentorship model is targeted at startups looking for ways to expand their ideas into scalable and sustainable solutions.