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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Rwanda youth meet to develop ICT solutions for agriculture

Rwanda Information Communication Technology (ICT) students and technology entrepreneurs assembled at KLab, the Rwanda's technical hub for a 36-hour programming competition to come up with ICT solutions for the agriculture sector.
The competition organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Rwandan Information Communication Technology (ICT) chamber   saw the participants tasked with challenges to come up with ICT solutions that would either help with information sharing/communication between farmers and extension workers or make it possible for farmers to access financial services with ease.
Founder and Managing Director of Axis Ltd, Clement Uwajeneza, said the panel of judges was made up of managing directors of tech companies, a professor from Carnegie Mellon University Rwanda Campus and a representative of the ministry of education who looked out for the feasibility, originality and practicality of the innovations presented to see how they would solve the challenges farmers face.
NaijaAgroNet learnt from Uwajeneza that the competition also served to select the country's representatives to an oncoming regional solutions competition that will take place during the ICT4Ag conference due in Kigali from November 4 to 7.
The winning group made up of students from Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (Kist) presented a hardware and software solution, and fertiliser logic that determine the quantity of Nitrogen Phosphorus and potassium in the soil. They were awarded with a laptop, a chance to participate in the upcoming regional competition and incubation facilities to polish their projects, while the other four runners-up were also awarded with laptops.
Hillary Muramira, a member of winning group, said that being in touch with the end user of their innovation enabled them to come up with a winning project.

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