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MTN App Challenge Returns With Focus Of Building Innovations For Digital Payments

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  • Innovators required to build applications that facilitate digital payments
  • Entries are being accepted on www.mtn.co.ug/mtnchallenge
  • The challenge runs from 13th December 2018 to 13th February 2019
  • Entry into the MTN Open API APP Challenge is free

 

 MTN Uganda has announced the 2018 edition of the MTN App Challenge that will allow innovators develop applications that will be rewarded. The challenge will be executed in partnership with the Innovation village. On Nov 14th, 2018, MTN Opened its Mobile Money APIs. This was followed by training of local developers on how to use the APIs. The challenge will allow local innovators to leverage the exposed API end points to digitize payments in their applications.

Over the years, we have supported local innovation through platforms like the MTN App challenge and the MTN Innovation Awards. It is our intent to avail our infrastructure to be leveraged by local start-ups. Opening the Mobile Money API was further testimony to this intent. We are very excited to have our first challenge on the Open API platform under the theme “Building for digital payments”; we look forward to enabling the best innovators in Uganda to launch new applications which leverage the exposed APIs to digitize payments, explained Elsa Muzzolini, the MTN General Manager, Mobile Financial Services.

 

Unlike previous challenges, the MTN Open API challenge 2018 will be fully managed online. Participants will register to create applications in any of the following categories: Transport, HORECA and Distribution in the FMCG value chain. The challenge will run for a period of 2 months from 13th Dec 2018 to 13 Feb 2018, giving developers enough time to develop their idea into working applications. Participants in the challenge will automatically compete to benefit from the MTN start up program with winners receiving cash prizes as well as seed funding through their start up growth journey. The winning apps will be awarded in March 2019 after the judging process has been completed.

 

To register to participate, follow the following steps:

  1. Visit www.mtn.co.ug/mtnchallenge  to access the MTN Challenge Portal.  
  2. Sign Up to create your account on the MTN Challenge Portal
  3. Under Ongoing challenges, Select the “MTN Open API Challenge 2018”
  4. Register to participate under any of the listed categories:
  5. Start working on your App.

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Rwandans ask Salvado To Apologize for Genocide Joke

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Over the week, a video of Salvado’s standup performance went viral. It was one of his most creative jokes to-date about different airlines and their themes.

On one of the jokes about Rwanda Air, genocide was mentioned as one of the topics air hostesses can’t miss.

Now Rwandans have picked that up and taken offence. They have given Salvado an ultimatum to apologize. But he is not about to allow.

On his Twitter profile, he says those offended are missing the humour. The Rwandans insist the 1994 Genocide against the tutsi is not something to joke about.

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MC Mariachi, Maureen Nantume Banned from the US For 10 Years

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Comedian MC Mariachi and Maureen Nantume are some of the entertainers that were deported by the US Government in a weekend sweep.

The two are accused of performing in the United States without a work permit. According to authorities, the two falsified their reasons fof travel. “They had a tourist visa yet were performing in the states,” our source tells us.

The United States has thus barred them from travelling to the US in the next 10 years. “Their passports were stamped with the words ‘no entry till 2029’.

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Bebe Cool Defeats Bobi Wine in Hoima

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Bebe Cool must be the happiest man after declaring victory against Bobi Wine in the recently concluded Hoima elections.

Bebe Cool’s Candidate won with 52% while Bobi Wine’s candidate trailed with 42%.

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