[Botswana] SmartBots announce mobile GovApp Hackathon Challenge
SmartBots, a government initiative under the Digital Implementation Strategy has announced the 2021 Virtual Smart Hackathon Challenge for the development of the mobile Gov App.
The challenge is targeting citizens only aged between 18 years to 35 years and the winner stands a chance to pocket BWP100,000.
In order to participate in the challenge Teams made up of 3-5 people need to register online at skills ranker under Botswana Innovation Hub website. The challenge will run from the 18th -21st January 2021 and will be held virtually.
Upon completion, the mobile App should allow citizens to access government services online from their mobile phones. This is in line with the SDG initiative to leave no one behind during the digital transformation. The app should also be able to run both on Android and IOS phones.
The hackathon will assist Botswana to be a world leader in the development of digital services for the public sector as it enables innovative spaces for co-creation.
Implementation of the Digital Transformation/4IR Strategy or SmartBots was approved by the Cabinet in February 2020 and kickstarted in October 2020.
The Strategy drives the digitization of the public sector and drives Botswana towards a Knowledge-Based Economy. It is aligned to His Excellency the President’s Presidential Transformation Agenda and using Information and Communications Technologies as the driver for economic development and diversification.