December 20th, 2009

Chembe Ventures Launches Urban Security Competition 2010

In association with Vodafone, on December 20th, Chembe Ventures launched Chembe Urban Security Competition 2010 on the Betavine Social Exchange.

The US $ 5,000 competition encourages innovative mobile solutions to help residents of low-income, densely populated urban areas improve their personal security.

Entries must be designed for deployment in one of the following countries: Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa or Tanzania, and should provide solutions under one or more of these headings:

- early warning notifications of criminal activity, violence or other security threats
- assistance for families, communities at risk of crime
- reducing crime, preventing the spread of violence
- location, identification and assistance of victims of violence or crime

We know there is no shortage of mobile programming talent in East and Southern Africa, and we would love to see as many entries as possible.

Individuals, informal groups, companies and organisations are free to enter; however, each entry must include at least one local partner. This means that if the pilot is to be deployed in Kibera, Nairobi, for example, we would expect the entry to be submitted by a Kenyan developer, or that a Kenyan partner play a central role in either the design, development or pilot testing of the application. All you have to do to enter is upload a prototype or application design on the Betavine Social Exchange.

Chembe is also offering a potential further US $5,000 or more of investment and pilot testing capital to the winning team or individual.

To find out more about your chance to win US $5,000 read the competition brief at: www.betavine.net/chembecompetition

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