Wins Fishackathon Zambia 2016, a USSD smart weather app that sends real time information on weather patterns, has won the first ever Fishackathon, a computer coding and tech-intensive event to create aaps, systems and tools for sustainable fishery issues, in Zambia.

The competition, which took place on April 22-24, 2016 at the BongoHive, Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub, brought together coders, designers, developers, project managers and fishery experts across Zambia.

The participants worked in groups to develop tech-based solutions to the fishing problems in Zambia.

The event culminated in a demo day, where the teams pitched their solutions to a local panel of judges. Following deliberations and Q&A sessions, was adjudged winner of the competition.

In second place was AquaSchool, a web/mobile application that has aquaculture and fishing information/resources while Aquaverse, a resource pool/directory housing various players in aquaculture and the Fishing industry from suppliers of cages and nets to aquaculture consultants, placed third.

The team behind, which was built using php and javascript, will represent Zambia at the global finals of the competition, where it hopes to emerge overall winner, taking home the US$10,000 on offer.

The winners of the Fishackathon held in Ghana, South Africa and Kenya will also be at the global finals.

The global winner of the competition will be announced on World Oceans Day on June 8, 2016. In addition, one team’s solution will be independently developed through a US government contractor.

Fishackathon, launched in 2014 around Secretary Kerry’s Our Ocean conference, brings together volunteer coders to create tools to address challenges in sustainable fishing around the world.

The pilot Fishackathon brought together coders in 5 cities around the States, and the second instalment last year expanded to 12 countries worldwide, including hackathons in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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