ReportTaka Walks Away With US$10,000 For Winning #SmartCityNairobi Challenge


ReportTaka, a crowd-sourcing garbage collection mobile app, has won the #SmartCityNairobi Challenge, a hackathon to create solutions to problems in Nairobi using Twitter’s API.

ReportTaka allows citizens to take photographs of unattended garbage and post to the app. The app then inform the city council of the garbage sites, posts on Twitter and tags the city council’s Twitter handle for their necessary action.

Through the app, the county officials are able to get reports and aggregated data to help them track progress in resolving the issues raised.

The data collected also aids the city council officials in making policies regarding garbage management. This will ensure a clean city, unclogged drainages and help manage the flood menace in the city.

Pitching in the finals of the challenge with ReportTaka was FixMtaa, a project to help people use twitter for reporting common societal, and Naimotion, which seeks to ease traffic congestion in Nairobi and solve the traffic challenge by integrating crowdsourced information with an IoT platform.

Naimotion received US$7,000 for placing second while FixMtaa placed third, taking home US$5000.

The three teams qualified for the finals of the challenge by emerging winners of the preliminary round that took place during the Nairobi Tech Week which held on April 27-30, 2016 at Strathmore University. Ironically, ReportTaka won that round with Naimotion and FixMtaa placing second and third respectively.

The three teams were each awarded US$2,000 and continued on a 6 week program, which includes red membership at the iHub, support and mentorship from Twitter and iHub teams, in preparation for the finals.

The Challenge was organized by iHub, a Nairobi-based part co-working space, part vector for investors and part pre-incubator for startups, and the Twitter’s Developer Relations Team.

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