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Monday, 22 July 2019

Student residence wins computer lab

INNOVATION: GTP’s chief executive Warren Hewitt congratulates the De Goede Hoop Residence’s group for winning a computer lab and cash after coming up with the idea of a safety mobile phone app. INNOVATION: GTP’s chief executive Warren Hewitt congratulates the De Goede Hoop Residence’s group for winning a computer lab and cash after coming up with the idea of a safety mobile phone app.

The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) awarded De Goede Hoop Student Residence ten laptops and R3 000 for coming up with the best safety idea of a start-up App.

The GTP was created to provide coordinated and strategic assistance to enable Bellville, the Voortrekker Road Corridor and the Greater Tygerberg region to reach its potential. Their overarching goals are to strengthen the areas' day and night economies, promote communities which are connected and encourage facilitated urban transitions.

The winning idea by the De Goede Hoop students is a mobile phone app with voice recognition and location tracker that will automatically detect if a user is in danger when they scream.

The app will then send a signal to the nearest police station. It will also feature a digital wristband with voice recognition and location tracker that will be used to monitor the user’s heartbeat and pulse.

The wristband will also have a safe mode feature which will be used when jogging. The App and the wristband can be used independently from each other.

De Goede Hoop also received business incubation to develop their idea.

The residence group leader, Noluvuyiso Sixolo, said she was excited about her group’s victory adding that it minimises the police’s work.

“I believe our project is going to bring about a lot of changes,” she said.

“When our idea materializes it will solve the high rate of crime in the country.”

Residence’s House Parent Anele Mkondweni said he was very happy about the students’ victory.

“The fact that they [students] are interested in issues affecting their safety is encouraging,” says Mkondweni.

He added that the new computer lab made up of the 10 laptops will come handy for the off-campus residence as the students would no longer need to go to the IT Centre to do their assignments and browse the internet.

GTP’s chief executive Warren Hewitt thanked his team for changing the area’s landscape and explained why they specifically chose to work with student residences.

“Residences play a key role in unifying the community,” said Hewitt.

“If we can start unity between res’s we can spread it to the rest of the community.”

He said one of the winning residences will get entrepreneurial incubation and that his organization would like to provide more opportunities for incubation.

“As one of the judges, I was impressed with the ideas you came up with”, he said. He promised the students more opportunities in the near future.

A University of Stellenbosch residence were runners-up and CPUT’s Rekgam Residence came third.  Each group walked away with R1 000 each.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.