Brainstorming Smart City Solutions in the Digital Era

The Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI), held a Hackathon last week, under the theme Brainstorming Smart City Solutions in the Digital Era. The main aim of the Hackathon was for participants to come up with a prototype that provides solutions to parking challenges in open spaces. MTC was the main sponsor of the event.

Fifteen (15) students were selected through Facebook and Whatsapp to enter the competition, which was held virtually.

“The idea was about promoting smart cities, where automation takes place in the ticketing, payment, as well as identification of open parking,” Simon Muchinenyika, a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science said.

Participants were required to develop a mobile-based prototype for a parking payment system.

Proposed solutions would allow drivers to make payments electronically and get various notifications on their mobile devices. Virtual solutions include a contactless electronic payment system whereonecanaddtimetoaparkingmeter remotely, before the allocated time expires. This innovative payment system not only enhances the customer’s open space parking experience, but allows them to secure and reserve parking in the future.

“Even though we did not get our desired prototype from participants, I am particularly impressed by the courage and attempt that was made by our two finalists, Johannes Ndjalo and Gabriel Nashixwa,” remarked Dr Colin Stanley, Acting Dean of the FCI.

“If I had more time, I would have finished, but I will keep working on my prototype,” Bernadette Namutenya, an Honours student in the Faculty said excitedly.

Unfortunately, none of the participants’ prototypes met the criteria set out during the briefing session, but the efforts of all contestants were observed and the finalists will be rewarded accordingly.

The event was also attended by representatives from PC Center, a local tech company, and a partner of the MTC- funded project.

Date: 
Friday, March 12, 2021
for Month: 
March, 2021

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