The Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) Hackathon was initiated by NUST’s High–Tech Transfer Plaza Select (HTTPS) and the NDC. The platform afforded students an opportunity to network and get hands- on experience with AR/VR design and development. “Participants were able to develop VR applications in less than 24 hours,” Dr Lameck Amugongo, a lecturer from DCS, said.
The judges, which included two representatives from NDC, selected two winning teams – the Eagles and GEN-I. “The winning teams will have two more weeks to finalise their virtual design. Each team member will then be awarded with ‘tech’ prizes by NUST and NDC,” Delia Maasdorp, a Project Analyst at NUST said. She also added that the winning teams will showcase their final design at the Namibia Mining Expo.
A Hackathon is a co-creation activity that aims at bringing developers and designers together to improve or build a new solution within a short period of time. “Benefits include the exploration of the viability of ideas while strengthening technical and soft skills of participants,” Dr Amugongo added.