Chinhoyi University Students Win $1 Million At POTRAZ’s Hack 4 Sustainable Smart Cities Hackathon


CUT students have put their tertiary institution on the map after they scooped $15 000 for themselves and also $1 Million for their university’s innovation hub.

The Hack 4 Sustainable Smart Cities is a POTRAZ initiative which seeks to uplift young innovators from our local institutions in collaboration with CBZ Bank.

Christopher Chinyamakobvu, Gordon Muneka, and Elvin Kakomo won the POTRAZ’s inaugural Hack4SmartSustainableCities innovation hub. The 3 technocrats developed an emergency response application that allows users to call for medical services after a car crash.

The application has a panic button that users can hit for minor accidents. In the case of more serious emergencies which incapacitate the driver and passengers, it then uses the sound of the car crash to automatically trigger the panic button.

On the second place was University Of Zimbabwe, the three students developed a system that provides power to the national grid using solar power. They won $200 000 leaving their university with $500 000 which will be used to improve the idea.

HIT came third after the three students pitched Lifeline Medical, a database that they hope will be used to improve local healthcare. They won $9 000 for themselves which they have to share.

Such platforms speeds innovations and supporting such ideas will provide more solutions for the world as a whole.

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