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mHub announces the launch of the Jobonology Mobile App Challenge for Malawi developers

by Susan Mwenesi
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StartUps_2014mHub with sponsorship from MyJobo.com encourages Malawian software developers to apply for its application development competition ‘Jobonology Mobile App Challenge’ (JMAC)to start  on 1 May 2015

Sponsored by MyJobo.com, the competition challenges Malawian software developers to design an application that addresses problems faced by various sectors, such as such as health, education and agriculture, both in Malawi and across Africa.

This phase of the competition is focused on tackling challenges facing the health sector in Malawi.  The theme is “how can mobile technology address the health sector issues in Malawi?” The winner of JMAC will be given seed money of USD2000 and will be nested in mHub to further develop the application into a proper, profitable business through technical assistance and support from local and international resources.

The Jobonology Mobile App Challenge will run for 10 weeks starting from 1 May 2015 to 10 July 2015 and the best mobile application(s) will be given seed money of USD2000 and will be nested at mHub’s incubator in Lilongwe. In addition, MyJobo.com will provide support to the winning idea(s) to develop them into proper businesses utilizing its international network of developers and advisers.

“mHub is very excited to have this partnership with Myjobo.com that fits into our core business.  Malawi has a lot of hidden talent in software development and we hope this competition will help identify such talent,” said Rachel Sibande, Founder and CEO for mHub Malawi’s first Tech Hub.

“Myjobo.com has found the best partner that fits into its vision of youth being assisted to develop into successful entrepreneurs. The Jobonology Challenge is just the beginning of things to come,” remarked Bertha Mambala, Country Manager for Myjobo.com.

To be eligible for the competition there should be individuals or teams of individuals (of no more than 3). Entrants must be Malawian, aged no more than 35 and resident in Malawi.

Participants should submit their mobile application idea at www.jmacmw.com during the first 2 weeks of the competition.  After submitting their idea, they have 8 weeks to develop it. The finished mobile application should be submitted to mHub through a link which will be provided from 14 May.

The top 5 participants will be invited to present their applications in front of judges and an audience on a date and venue to be announced. An overall winner will then be announced at the same event. The presentations will be video recorded.

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