Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) on Thursday launched the NWYC 2017 mobile application as a sponsorship for the on-going Netball World Youth Cup 2017. The application will be used by the public to get any information about the on-going games in real-time. The public could download the app (NWYC 2017) and will have all the information about the games at they happen. Furthermore, the application will be also used by technical officials to electronically record everything happening during matches. Speaking at the launch of the application, BIH Director responsible for ICT and Marketing Tshepo Tsheko said they wanted to contribute towards the Netball World Youth Cup with something that talk to their organisation’s mandate as custodians of innovation. Tsheko said this is not just a sponsorship but also a proof to the world of Botswana’s credibility in innovation. BIH had engaged a group of young developers to come up with this application that is meant to bring information about the World Cup games to the rest of Batswana and the world to their mobile phones. The NWYC 2017 mobile application was developed by Asante Technology Group through locally bred IT graduates. The group CEO Justice William thanked BIH for giving them the opportunity to demonstrate that locals are also capable of coming up with such applications.
William said what the public needs to do is download the application from Google play and access any information they need about the games. The application is however available for mobile phones that are operating on android. The developers explained that this is because of the little time they had to develop the application. They however promised that they will continue working on it to improve it. William said he is happy with The WNYC 2017 application saying they have tested it and is working very well. Botswana Netball Association (BONA) President Tebogo LebotseSebego thanked BIH for the initiative. LebotseSebego said these days everything in netball at big competitions is technology based and the application will allow Botswana to deliver as well. She said even the world will see that Botswana is capable of bringing top class technology into the game of netball. “The expectation from the world is that we cannot make it but this application is proof that we are able to do it as well,” she said. She said the application should not end only at the end of the NWYC games but should be used in the other competitions as well as local league games. Even the developers have a great belief that the application will go a long way and they have assured to broaden it to increase its capabilities. William pointed out that they will be looking to take the application to other African countries to use to manage their leagues.