DevLess Hackathon Creates Space for InnovationFrom September 1st - 2nd, DevLess hosted a hackathon at the MEST Incubator, which brought together Accra’s developers, designers, marketers, and more to brainstorm creative tech solutions aimed at solving problems in society such as education, energy, and health. The two-day event welcomed over 70 participants from a variety of backgrounds.
The event included training sessions from experienced developers, an introduction to DevLess, and, of course, the hack itself. Throughout the hack, participants had access to experienced mentors from both the DevLess team itself as well as MEST Incubator staff members.
The event was not simply a hackathon, but also an opportunity for the DevLess team to test their product and learn how to strengthen it. When asked about the event, DevLess CEO Edwin TsaTsu Selormey raved, “It was successful. We got to see how users were interacting with the platform and we are incorporating their feedback starting from today”.
[caption id="attachment_5338" align="aligncenter" width="665"] One of the teams taking part in a DevLess hackathon that took place over the weekend.[/caption]
DevLess was created to allow developers to focus on the front end of products, rather than getting bogged down with all the work that goes into creating the backend. During the Hackathon, the DevLess team was able to see just what their app can do. CEO Edwin stated, “People got so creative with the platform. As they didn’t have to think about technology from scratch, they were able to focus on the idea and blow it out. And that’s the whole of DevLess”.
Judging for the Hackathon was based on applicability, originality, technical strength, user experience, and presentation. Teams were also given three bonus points for have a female member. Todd Holcombe, MEST’s Head of Faculty; Kojo Dougan, Director of InterpayAfrica; and Alfred Rowe, of Encodev Labs and Co-founder of Bygpay judged each of the teams based on this criteria.
In the end, the coveted $400 first place prize went to Team E-co, who had developed a waste management app to recycle household items. Team Go2gether won second place and $200 for a social network app that connects people going to the same location or event. Team HealthRoom took home third prize and $100 for their centralized health record system for hospitals. Each of the top three teams also won a month of free work space at the MEST Incubator.
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