Zambian 2nd in Technology contest

A Zambian businessman has won second position in a global technology competition for the design of an intercity electronic bus ticketing system in the country.

According to a statement issued by Dot Com public relations executive Towela Banda, the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) awarded managing director Mawano Kambeu, for his technological innovation.

Mr Kambeu, 31, and founder of the Dot Com Zambia, scooped the second place GIST Tech-I award for the electronic bus ticketing system called Bus Tickets Zambia.

“Kambeu’s startup business has developed a way for Zambian travelers to reserve and pay for their inter-city bus travel with their phones, online or from an authorized third party agent.

‘‘In addition Bus Tickets Zambia provides data management tools to bus operators to help them manage their operations more efficiently,” Ms Banda said.

She explained that the 2014 GIST Tech competition attracted over 500 applications from 61 countries worldwide including Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

She said 67 semi-finalists from 23 countries were shortlisted and a total of 400,000 votes were cast globally to determine the 30 finalists who pitched in the Innovation Village over the two days’ Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

The competition summit was held in Marrakech, Morocco, on November 18 -21, 2014 with an attendance of world leading business heads among them United States Vice President Joe Biden, and His Majesty King Mohammed VI of the host nation, Morocco.

The 2014 competition top slots were held by African participants with top five prizes in both Startup and the Idea stages, coming from Africa.

“The top prize in the startup category went to David Gluckman from South Africa, whose startup ‘’Lumkani’’ has developed a low-cost fire detection device and early-warning integrated alert service leveraging off mobile network platforms. The device and service will be sold to slum-dwellers in high-density slums across the globe to mitigate the loss of life and property, thus increasing human safety and security,” she said.

Mr Kambeu receives a cash grant of US $7,500 from the U.S. Department of State to continue developing his business and three months of a one-on-one mentoring session from a global expert in his field.