Zimbabwean software engineer wins 2019 World Bank Youth Summit award

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HOPE NDHLOVU, a young Bulawayo-born Zimbabwean software engineer and Harvard University graduate, has won the 2019 World Bank Youth Summit award for developing an application that seeks to make public transport cheaper, more accessible and predictable for commuters across Africa.

Ndhlovu graduated from Harvard University with degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and is an avid chess player who has passion for 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 home.

Hope was named the Jury Award Winner at the 2019 WBG Youth Summit which was held from December 2 – 3 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC in the USA.

“I am happy to announce that my startup @tuverl came 1st at the @WorldBank  Youth Summit Pitch Competition in Washington DC,” he said in a tweet.

“It was such an experience to meet and dine with @HansPeterLankes. Lots of great take aways. It’s great to see how the @WorldBank and @IFC_org are supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the #SmartCities space.

“I had an incredible time at the @WorldBank Youth Summit and I owe my gratitude to everyone who supported me and my team throughout our journey at the Youth Summit.”

Tuverl is a Public Transport App that seeks to make public transportation more accessible and cheaper for millions of commuters across African countries by helping public transport operators reduce operational inefficiencies and increase revenue.

Tuverl was among five of the apps selected from 885 applications from 98 countries.

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

The summit was held under the theme: “Smarter Cities for a Resilient Future.”

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 impactful projects and promote dialogue between youth, the WBG and other key stakeholders globally.

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