Gerezani secondary school is a government owned school located at Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam. It is a mixture school of boys and girls. The third prize winners of the GES2018 come from this school. Their startup is a mobile app aiming to stop car accidents by guiding drivers along the journey with real time information about the road being updated on the app during the journey.
Q: Congratulations for winning the second prize of the GES2018. How did you receive the announcement of your winning?
It was hard to believe, none of us was ready for that. It was a mix of feeling that we can’t possibly explain. Every team was competent and you could not tell who was going to come out winning, so when the judges announced our project as a third winning startup, we couldn’t help it but cry. It was really emotional at that moment and we were kind of exhausted for the long day.
Q: How did you go about creating the idea you presented? Did you have several ideas or did you just have this one straight away?
At first, we had many ideas but we had to stick with this one because other ideas were too costly to accomplish and some required advanced level of technology even our country is not yet having. So, we decided to work on this which requires a mobile app to start with and it may be advanced to using drones when possible.
Q: What was the greatest challenge you faced while you were working to complete your project?
We faced many challenges on finding key partners to back up our idea. We had consulted some individuals, some were too busy to listen to us. We visited Tigo asking for an SSD code of which they required more detail than we had presented them with. Time also was the major challenge as far as school is concerned.
Q: How would you explain the summit to a girl who has not participated or heard about?
The GES is a unique platform that has helped us to realize our abilities. We have learned important things which would have costed us a lot of money if we went to learn from other institutions, but we gained it for free during the summit.