tech hubThey are young but they are dreaming and practicing to become the next generation of entrepreneurs to transform their country, Ghana — which is considered to be one of Africa?s brightest economic prospects, thanks to stable democracy.

With their laptops they sit in a well-furnished facility with the necessary technological and physical structures that provide the ambience for individuals and groups who aim to be game-changers in the tech space.

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Launched in November 2012, ?TechHub? is located on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi and aims to provide young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers and designers the opportunity to develop viable products and stir the local tech landscape — and also allow like-minded technology students to network and collaborate.

The centre has high-speed Wi-Fi and is freely available to students. The Hub is an initiative of telecom operator Vodafone Ghana to promote the development of Ghana?s technology sector.

?Vodafone Ghana has over the years developed and maintained a good working relationship with KNUST by providing unique communications solutions to the University,? said the Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana, Haris Broumidis.

?I am even more excited that a group of students has developed applications on this campus from the TechHub, and we look forward to the development of more such mutually beneficial communication solutions in the future,? he added.

According to him, Vodafone?s partnership with the university began with the vision to improve communication between management and students. ?And this we continue to do by proposing a number of solutions which have been welcomed by the university community.?

Building on that partnership between Vodafone and KNUST, some students are seeking solutions to social problems in the country.

?I am developing an application with a mate to give opportunity to Ghanaians to recharge their mobile credits. We want to eliminate the stress in scratching and typing numbers to recharge mobile credits,? enthusiastic final-year computer engineering student Selorm Psakawo said.

?We are targetting Ghanaians first, but we hope expand it to other countries once we achieve our objectives,? he disclosed.

Though there is more to be done, TechHub has achieved some level of success as explained by Godwin Amefia, the Managing Director of mNotify and a past-student of KNUST.

?mNotify for instance is a product from the TechHub that I and friend developed. There are some products that have been introduced by other students, too,? said Amefia.

The mNotify platform is an electronic notification service that enables staff of the university and students — and even peer-to-peer — to communicate.

Other applications developed by students include: Ordio, an artiste-to-fan marketing medium that empowers musicians and stakeholders in the creative arts to connect directly with their fans and everyone else in the music industry.

Vane, a personal mobile assistant that helps one to discover and plan interesting places to Ghana — one can book a place to stay and never get stranded.

And the Diabetes Risk Calculator estimates the risk of a user getting diabetes based on their lifestyle choices as variables. The app also educates the user on how his/her lifestyle choices affect his/her diabetes score.

Looking ahead, Amefia believes students can be innovative and start a business while in school. ?It is possible because the environment is conducive now compared to previously, though there are funding challenges; but that shouldn?t stop us from dreaming to set up our own businesses.?

By Ray Pollera

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