JKUAT Students Shine at Africa Blockchain Hackathon

Christine Kinya

Two JKUAT students showcased their innovative knack and prowess during the just concluded Africa Block Chain Hackathon.

Vincent Gitonga and Christine Kinya pursuing BSc. Computer Science and BSc. Mathematics and Computer Science respectively bagged position 3 in a pool of 28 teams drawn from various African countries. They took home a cash prize worth USD 200.

Staged by the Africa Blockchain Center (ABC), the hackathon is geared towards providing students within Africa an early exposure to career opportunities presented by advances in blockchain technologies and distributed ledger technologies to create new and impactful digital innovations around them.

With their innovation dubbed, Zircon Docs, the duo created a decentralized and secure medical record sharing system.

According to Christine, the system is built on the Solana blockchain and securely stores all the medical records requests and responses by use of the Solana programs (smart contracts).

Vincent Gitonga

Vincent and Christine said their idea was inspired by the lack of an information management system in most health facilities that allow them to communicate seamlessly.

“Most of the time, people are fatally injured or have a life-threatening health condition and they require advanced medical care. Because of this, they would be transferred from one facility to the other to receive lifesaving treatment or procedures. As a result, there is need for a secure and efficient system to share medical documents and information with the medical team,” said Christine.

The two, under the stewardship of the JKUAT Industrial Park, Projects and Innovation Incubation Department, are in the process of developing their system further and piloting it with several health facilities.

“The hackathon gave us the opportunity to come up with a working prototype. We are in the process of adding more features like Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and getting a few health facilities to pilot the system in a bid to enhance health facilities’ information management systems,” said Christine.

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