Zim Students Win Most Creative Idea Award At WSIS19 Forum In Geneva

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The International Telecommunications Union HQ (Geneva) played host to the WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) 2019 Forum. As part of the 4 day summit, there was a hackathon on Hacking Solutions for Lifelong Learning and Livelihoods.

The aim of this competition was to come up with innovative ideas that could go a long way in solving one of the world’s major development challenges: achieving universal education.

A team of students from Zimbabwe walked away with the Most Creative Idea Award. The Zimbabwean students who were part of the winning team are:

  • Isaac Gadzimbe – University of Zimbabwe
  • Kudakwashe Paradzayi – Harare Institute of Technology
  • Charmaine Kumbirayi – National University of Sciences and Technology

The hackathon had students from over 20 countries taking part, with the Zimbabweans having their travel expenses, accommodation along with insurance being covered by the telecoms regulator POTRAZ.

The team worked on a platform that improves the learning experience in overcrowded schools suffering from teacher shortages. Instead of relying entirely on a teacher, the platform allows students to teach each other interactively. Students can create their own content (i.e questions) which can then be answered by their peers all on one platform.

This means that in classes of 45-60+ students, learners still have an opportunity to get unique and extra learning materials that can compensate for the teacher’s attention, which is obviously limited in such scenarios.

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  1. Swah

    Congrats to these guys ..u did us proud zim

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  3. Tinomuvonga Makuvire

    Congratulations Kuda Paradzayi,my co-programmer since high school.keep doing well.

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  4. Lexer

    Lovely. Inspirational. Stay put and keep thise heads high. You’ve done us proud

  5. Lexer

    Lovely. Inspirational. Stay put and keep those heads high. You’ve done us proud

  6. Cde Joseph

    Awesome team. Keep fast paced ! We are behind you. All the best!!!

  7. LTC

    Congrats guys matichenesera nzira


    Mandipase manyemwe ,well done guys ,i cant hide my joy

  9. Muriel Saranewako

    Congratulations vana,matipasa manyemwe.Keep it up & be blessed in abundance nezita raShe JESU.

  10. Anonymous

    Congrats …

  11. Anonymous

    You have done us proud guys. Well done

  12. P m

    Congratulations keep on moving ..you are reviving the spirit of brilliance in our nation .