Zimbabwean Software engineer scoops top World Bank App Award in USA

A Zimbabwean-born software engineer, has won the 2019 World Bank Youth Summit Award for developing an application designed to make it easy for people to use public transport in Africa.

Ndhlovu graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. An avid chess player, he is passionate about entrepreneurship and social innovation.

He grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and is always looking for ways to leverage technology and Data Science to solve challenges faced by people back in his home country.

In a message posted on his social media pages, Ndhlovu wrote, “I had the honor and privilege of pitching my startup, Tuverl at the World Bank Youth Summit Pitch Competition Finals in Washington DC, earlier this week. We were 1 of 5 team finalists selected from a pool of 885 applicants from 98 countries.

“My team finished in 1st place and won … It was such a humbling experience for our vision at Tuverl to be validated by the World Bank and the hundreds of vibrant young people from around the world who attended the conference.”

The 2019 WBG Youth Summit was a two-day interactive event that attracted young people from around the world.

The summit which ran under the theme “Smarter Cities for a Resilient Future.” Was established in 2013.

The Youth Summit is an annual event hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG) to engage with youth globally on the most pressing topics facing our generation.

The summit aims to empower youth to explore innovative ideas to tackle emerging development challenges, provide youth with the tools to build and engage in projects that impact and promote dialogue between youth, the WBG and other key stakeholders globally.

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