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A team of students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa have placed second in the 2018 HackLab Hackthon innovation competition held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi. Ho Technical University and KNUST placed first and third respectively.
The competition is organised by HackLab foundation, a non-profit organisation focused on preparing the youth for future jobs and also breeding entrepreneurs to create jobs for others.
The competition is held annually to bring together developers, engineers and other stakeholders in technology to meet, discuss and identify opportunities and the way forward in making Ghana a better place using technology.
The 2018 HackLab Hackathon competition brought together 112 teams from various universities and hubs across the country to showcase and exhibit their various technological talents. Participants in this year’s HackLab Hackthon were tasked to develop industry standard solutions to address local problems within the period of 36 hours.
The UMaT Team worked on a project entitled Blink – an application that is centred on making life easier by using facial recognition to keep the home and workplace more secure and also for controlling electrical gadgets.
The UMaT team was awarded a cash prize of two thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢ 2,000.00) and would be mentored to scale up their project.