This morning at Africa Gathering London 2012 the winners of the Southern Africa portion of the Apps4Africa competition were announced!
1st $15,000 – myHealth (Botswana) - Donald Taboka Masole, Patricia Motsumi, Mosetsanagape Motlhabane
Helps users take precautions by providing information about weather and diseases related to the weather like diarea and malaria. Then it helps the user schedule an appointment with a doctor to receive appropriate care.
2nd $7,000 – Service Anti Cyclone (Madagascar) - Andrianomanana Endrehina, Marie Laure Rahaingomalala, Jean Baptiste Paul Joseph Arsène, Fenitra Andrianomanana, Miora Sarobidy, Haingonirina Marie Violette, Faniry Andriamampianina
Alerts users to pending cyclones, which are very common, and cause significant damage to the area.
3rd $3,000 – UnsApp (Zimbabwe) – Hugh Sado, Mercy sado, Tinashe Marshall Sado, Tonderai Marshall Sado
Spreads awareness through a web forum where adaptive management techniques maybe be considered in improving food security in the future.
Honorable Mention – Varimi - Tanaka Mutakwa (Zimbabwean), Chido Warambwa (Zimbabwean), Chanda Pwapwa (Zambian)
Varimi Portal pushes out key farming information to its registered users to help them adapt, for instance weather projections or answers to commonly asked agricultural questions.
Honorable Mention – Oraniq (tie) – Tonderai Shamuyarira
Promotes information about using chemicals to farmers in hopes that they will produce organic foods instead of chemical enhanced crops.
Honorable Mention – AgriLife (tie) - RAMAROSON Rindra Harifidy, RANDRIAMIADANA Derasoa, RASOLOARITAFIKA Mahefa Nirina, RAVELOARISOA Noro Lalao
Urges users to participate in reforestation projects to help locals recover from cyclone damage in Madagascar.