3rd Prize: Team Wakanda
Team Wakanda won 3rd prize with their Info Dissemination System. Their app and SMS service operates as a public safety system that allows users to receive geographically-targeted messages alerting them of threats to health in their area. Nigeria has a population of 193 million with 162 million mobile subscriptions, meaning that if successful the team would be able to reach 84% of Nigeria’s population in seconds. As well as targeting local people the the team intend for the service to be for tourists and expats too.
The judges said that team Wakanda’s idea was very innovative and feasible. They were particularly impressed as the team had created a working prototype in time for the panel and one of the judges even received a message on his phone from the service during the presentation.
Wakanda said they would get their information from large organisations like the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and that they would translate it into local languages across Nigeria.
The team had a slightly embarrassing incident half way through the presentation as one team member’s mum decided to call, which kept showing up on the big screen and providing a lot of amusement for the audience. Nevertheless they persisted and impressed judges with their big ideas and quick software development skills.