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ICT students invent wedding planner app, Mpassa

By Denis Nsubuga

Added 30th September 2016 10:38 AM

"Anyone who has ever organised a wedding knows how tiresome it can be. Worse, there is a risk of getting devious service providers. Those and numerous other problems combined are what Mpassa App aims to save its user,"

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The Mpassa app team during one of the ICT innovators conferences. Photo by Denis Nsubanga

"Anyone who has ever organised a wedding knows how tiresome it can be. Worse, there is a risk of getting devious service providers. Those and numerous other problems combined are what Mpassa App aims to save its user,"

Wishing to have a good wedding ceremony is one thing, and having a memorable one that meets one's expectations is totally another. Planning can prove hectic, given it involves being ultra-creative and hard work bringing different service providers together.
 
It is against such a background that a team of six Ndejje University students under their start-up company, CoDE4LYFE developed Mpassa App. They are; Drake Kato, David Kizito, Phillip Katende, Samson Mbaziira, Ogwang Gershon and Ivan Sempijja.
 
Developed in February this year, Mpassa helps the user to plan for a wedding ceremony, through connecting them to reliable service providers, providing expert advice on how to organise a wedding and creating easy access to various wedding services and items.
 
"Anyone who has ever organised a wedding knows how tiresome it can be. Worse, there is a risk of getting devious service providers. Those and numerous other problems combined are what Mpassa App aims to save its user," Drake Kato, the team leader, said.
 

 


With a user-friendly interface, the app provides a variety of service-providers in sectors such as Beauty/salon, Venue, Media, Catering, Sound, Entertainment, Transport, and Decoration. The user is provided with the prices of the available goods and services and contacts of the providers.
 
Kato said before the service provider is included on the app, they are verified and thereafter they negotiate on the terms and conditions. Today, it has up to 60 service providers in all the sectors of the wedding planning industry. They hope to have over 30 in each sector at the end of this year.
 
Mpassa also has an online shop where users can order different products, for instance a cake, with free delivery.
 
Fully registered by the Uganda Registration Service Bureau, the app is free of charge. It currently has over 250 users.
 
Kato says presently the app has no downloadable mobile version, reasoning that, "there can be many apps on a person's phone yet he/she uses only four. That's the reason we still cling on this web version that one can assess only when in need of it."

However, they are in the final stages of the mobile version which will be on Playstore within a month. It will be used on all mobile cell phone types; Android, Windows and iOS phones.  "Our goal is to have an app which is light and can be used even without data on your line," Kato noted.

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