Scholarship recipients develop winning safety app
Congratulations to three Energy Mobility Education Trust scholarship recipients for winning the Uber Tech for Safety Hackathon competition. The winners, Vusani Lephauphau, Klein boy Maripane and Ramokone Langa are all fourth-year Chemical Engineering students at Wits University.
Entered by more than 100 students from various academic institutions, the competition challenged the participants to solve real-life problems using technology. The theme for 2019 was safety and the competition gave students an opportunity to come up with innovative problem-solving ideas of how technology can be used to improve community, personal, and road safety for women in South Africa.
Energy Mobility Education Trust scholarship recipients made the top five finalists and all emerged as winners. The team developed an App, which assists in alleviating the vulnerability of daily commuters to common robberies in and around urban areas. Their focus was on blue-collar workers such as cleaners who use public transport to and from work. The App connects people in close proximity with the same walking destinations and departure points so they can walk in pairs or groups, thereby reducing their vulnerability in the streets.
The winning team presented their tech solution at the Uber Tech for Safety Summit, which took place in August and are due to travel to Amsterdam to learn more about computer programming. This is a proud moment for the BPSA Education Foundation and proof that it is making a meaningful and tangible contribution to the lives of its Wits TTP and Scholarship Programme beneficiaries.
Date: 20 Nov 2019