Bootcamp at ESMT in Dakar; June 21-25, 2010

Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications (


5 days, 20 students (from 3 countries – Senegal, Benin and Togo), 5 mobile applications

Theme: Mobile Solutions, Local Cultures and Languages

Sponsors: IBM (through a grant to ESMT) and ESMT

Organizers: Jean-Marie Preira (ESMT, Dakar, Senegal); James Tamgno (ESMT, Dakar, Senegal)

Guests: Mamadou Ndiaye(IBM, West Africa); Abdoulaye Mbaye (Neurotech, Senegal); Babacar Ngom (UCAD, Dakar, Senegal)

Judges: Samba Ba (ESMT, Dakar, Senegal); Babacar Ngom (UCAD, Dakar, Senegal); Mamadou Diop (ESMT, Dakar, Senegal); Ghislain Akinocho (ESMT, Bull, Dakar, Senegal)

Speakers: Abdoulaye Mbaye (Neurotech, Senegal) on being an entrepreneur in Senegal; Babacar Ngom (UCAD, Dakar, Senegal) on innovative projects related to mobile lead by UCAD; Jean-Marie Preira (ESMT, Dakar, Senegal) on Mobile Web

Dr. Christelle Scharff was involved as an instructor in the bootcamp that took place at ESMT.

Students’ work:

  • 1st place – lambj provides information about Senegalese wrestling. It permits users to suggest fights and vote for their preferred wrestlers.
    • Team:
      • Zeynab Sylla
      • Seydina Issa Paté
      • Cheikh Manga
      • Souleymane Sidibé
    • Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • Geo Educ permits to learn geographic information about Senegal, Togo and Benin and provides a quiz to evaluate users’ knowledge.
    • Team:
      • Binetou DIALLO
      • James GAGLO
      • Eunice ATTIGNON
      • David WOGORMEBU
    • Presentation (PDF)
  • Togou Mame provides recipes of the most popular dishes and drinks of Senegal.
    • Team:
      • Mama Fatoumata KOUYATE
      • Maty KHOUMA
      • Maguette DIOUF
      • Fatou Konté SY
    • Presentation (PDF)
  • Geo Sen provides tourists with information about the most popular tourist sites and teaches some words of Wolof.
    • Team:
      • Lucrece Togbe
      • Yannick Grimmaud
      • Houefa AWOHOUEDJI
      • Cadnel ZOMAHOUN
    • Presentation (PDF)
  • Sen Transport provides information about how to get from one place to another in Dakar using different transportation means: regular bus, rapid bus (car rapide) and dem dikk
    • Team:
      • Mylène Fatima ADIGOUN
      • Hervé AKPO
      • Hospice Segnonna HOUNSOU
      • Abdourahmane SAKHO
    • Presentation (PDF)