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Ghanaian software developer excels in US

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A Ghanaian entrepreneur and software developer, Kwame Andah has developed software solution ScoreBit for the calculation of the US Science Bowl tabulations.

According to a report on the website of the US Department of Energy, the software has resolved many years of manual ways of gathering scores from national science and academic competitions, making the software a revolution.

Andah who is the founder of Kreativewaves developed the software together with the US Department of Energy and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Currently, academic competitions are scored using a combination of timer clocks, paper entries, and individual computers to consolidate individual entries, the report said.

Such a system is unwieldy, time-consuming, and dependent on the computer skills of the competition administrators. ScoreBit combines digital clocks, along with a scoring system that permits different point values for different types of questions. Bonus or ‘toss-up’ questions can be monitored during the competition, using a sub timer system, it added.

Andah established the Delaware-based Kreative Waves and negotiated the licensing for commercial use. While the federal government can use the software free worldwide, Kreative Waves may license it to others through a non-exclusive worldwide license.

Kwame Andah attended PRESEC in Accra.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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  1. James Morgan and Science Education Head Andrew Zwicker mapped out what they wanted and computational scientist Eliot Feibush and summer intern Ben Phillips developed the software code.