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The NCRST recently visited the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Hon. Tjekero Tweya on a courtesy call. During the insightful meeting the NCRST showcased the innovative idea developed by the National Software Engineering Academy which was funded by the Commission.
National Software Engineering Academy (NSEA) came up with the dynamic electronic Owela game, engineered to have features that automate the game to create virtual Owela gaming community as well as person-computer challenge.
Owela is a much loved traditional game played in Namibia and in many parts of African countries. Currently, the game is played in holes that are created on the ground. This game dates back to the ancient times as it was played by ancestors of many of the tribes in Namibia.
The automated Owela Game brings back the fun that many have lost or never had through harnessing technology to make the traditional game readily available through different platforms. The Game is known as a good tool for learning mathematics, developing and strengthening critical thinking skills.
The product is now available on touch table which would further develop the Owela gaming experience into a real life simulated environment in the form of electronic touch tables. The current prototype allows for two users on the same computer as well as for single users to play the game against the computer.
With the grant of almost N$300 000, the young innovators were able to buy equipment (Touch Table), paid the service providers (Sound and Graphics), and started working on the project right away. They also received training on business administration, development and business plan development and are still receiving mentorship from the NCRST. The Owela Game Touch Table is now fully functional and has been granted promotional space in Wernhill Mall as from 27 June to 2 July 2016