GTUC Students Emerge Winners of Tigo Digital Change-Makers Competition

 Telecommunication Company, Tigo in partnership with international NGO, Reach for Change, have selected two final year students from GTUC, Alice Mamaga Akosua Amoako and Solomon Avemegah as part of the winners for the Tigo Digital Change makers Competition.

Tigo and Reach for Change in November 2014 rebranded their social entrepreneurship programme, ‘Tigo Change-makers’ into ‘Digital Change-makers’. The need for the rebranding was to attract tech-savvy people who were using technology to improve the lives of children in Ghana.

The competition which begun in November, 2014 was launched as a new social entrepreneurship programme aimed at identifying and empowering young Ghanaians with innovative digital solutions to step forward and help solve some of Ghana’s most pressing needs regarding the use of information technology to improve the quality of lives of children in Ghana. The competition ended in April 2015.

The competition attracted hundreds of interests from several individuals and professionals including young entrepreneurs across the country. A total of 785 signed up for the application process; however, 482 were able to complete the entire online application process. Ms. Alice Mamaga Akosua Amoako and Mr. Solomon Avemegah, both level 400 Bachelor of Information Technology students, have developed an android application that will support children with Autism in Ghana.

Features of the application include:

• Emergency SMS platform that will help provide formal helpline assistance to aid children with Autism by timely responses to critical conditions.

• An audio-visual learning platform to aid the children to communicating and interacting with people.

• A platform which will help promote Autism awareness and also promote inclusive environment to support children with Autism.

The two winners, Alice Mamaga Akosua Amoako & Solomon Avemegah who also double as Autism Ambassadors together received a cheque for GHS60, 000 each as seed capital to invest into the development of the App. They will also receive expert guidance and support to enable them further develop their projects.

By winning the challenge, the duo also have an automatic membership to the prestigious club of 13 change-makers who are making an impact across the length and breadth of Ghana.

Presenting the cheque to the winners, Chief Executive Officer for Tigo Ghana wished both winners well and stressed on Tigo’s commitment to be the Digital service provider of choice for Ghanaians.