Windhoek, 12 October 2022 – Telecom Namibia and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), are pleased to announce the upcoming Inaugural Hackathon and TN Innovation Week, scheduled to take place from the 14th – 21st of October 2022.
Set to take place at the University’s High-Tech Transfer Plaza Select (HTTPS), the hackathon will see NUST students and Telecom Namibia staff members who see themselves as trailblazers, thought leaders and/or innovative creators of digital solutions, battling it out to delve deep into the TN Customer Experience. The HTTPS is an initiative and partnership between NUST and Telecom, which speaks directly to the fostering of innovation through the transfer of technology and knowledge between higher education institutions, business and various development partners.
Through the Telecom and HTTPS hackathon in particular, students and employees will be expected to create mobile or web based applications to streamline, improve and create new digital customer interactions and experiences that contribute to the overall TN customer experience. This includes, but not limited to; payments, service activation and ordering, fault reporting, theft prevention, and detection and customer engagement.
Signing of Cooperation Agreement
In addition, the event will serve as a platform for the official signing of the Cooperation Agreement between Telecom Namibia and the HTTPS. The agreement aims to promote research, digitisation, innovation, technological and entrepreneurial excellence, and internationalization between the Parties as strategic partners in respect of the development of Namibia. The event will also see the launch of the TN Innovations Champion Committee (TNICC) and participants will be exposed to a wealth of knowledge from presentations of leading industry CEOs and Executives.
Telecom Namibia’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Stanley Shanapinda, expressed his enthusiasm for the Inaugural Hackathon and TN Innovation Week, “I am extremely pleased that we have collaborated with our trusted partner, to facilitate innovative opportunities for next generation services and solutions. I am confident that this Hackathon and the TN Innovation Week is going to be a catalyst for the development of state-of-the-art technologies, by leveraging digitisation to improve the TN customer experience by enhancing customer digital experience and touchpoints.”
The winning teams will further be engaged after the hackathon to develop their solutions into fully functional business solutions. “We look forward to TN employees and NUST students coming together for a week of brainstorming and building digital solutions to address real-world business problems. With this initiative we aim to enhance and improve our image to be the preferred provider of ICT services”, he concluded.
NUST’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Erold Naomab, says “enduring partnerships between government, industry and academia are key to propelling the education sector to greater heights”. Adding that “the HTTPS is significant from a business perspective because it offers a unique environment for businesses including start-ups to increase their appetite for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), but at the same mitigate the risks associated with the disruptive nature of 4IR”.
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