Kenyan Developer’s App Get “Honorable Mention” at World Bank Award Ceremony

World Bank was last night awarding winners for Apps for Development competition. And there was one entry from Kenya which got an “Honorable Mention”. A CAPTCHA is always some challenge used online or on computer systems to make sure that the response to the challenge is not generated by non human.

And since other computers are unable to solve the CAPTCHA, any user entering a correct solution is presumed to be human. According to Google, 200 million CAPTCHAs are solved by humans around the world every day. And in in each case, roughly ten seconds of human time are being spent. Individually, that’s not a lot of time, but in aggregate these little puzzles consume more than 150,000 hours of work each day.

FACTCHA picks random data from the MDG database and present it to reCAPTCHA user in a fun-filled way. This way, the user moves from solving a non problem to solving a real world problem. The user is presented with a pictorial representation of the MDG goals and he /she has to drag the highlighted one to the grey circle. If successful submitted, the form reloads to allow the submission but at the same time loads a random fact about the progress of countries on the MDGs for the user to learn.

This is the application which got an “Honorable Mentio”  by World Bank at the award ceremony yesterday


  • It’s Free! Yep, FACTCHA is free.
  • It’s Useful. Why waste the effort of your users? FACTCHA helps to advocate facts and figures about the Millenium Development Goals while they fill forms.
  • It’s Secure. Most other CAPTCHA implementations can be easily broken.
  • It’s Easy. FACTCHA is a Web service. As such, adopting it is as simple as adding a few lines of code on your site.

To see how it works, try it out here. To understand further about the FACTCHA application, take a look at the video below.

If you have already signed up for a set of keys here, you now need to install FACTCHA on your site. Installation is done in two parts. First, you need to download the FACTCHA Scripts and then read the HOW-TO Documentation to configure your forms.

The Winners of the World Bank sponsored Apps for Development competition were;

  • First Prize Winner – StatPlanet World Bank (Australia): With this powerful app, you can visualize and compare country and regional performance over time.  The user can select from among the 3000+ indicators covering virtually every dimension of economic, social, and human development, and can select the manner in which the data is displayed. This app allows anyone an easy interface to these indicators – even without Internet connectivity – via a desktop version of the app.


  • Second Prize Winner – Development Timelines (France): Development Timelines lets you put global development data into historical context and better understand how events such as war, education reforms, or economic booms and busts, affect progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.


  • Third Prize Winner – Yourtopia – Development beyond GDP (Germany): This interactive app allows you to sum up human development according to your own criteria and, through a short quiz, choose how important different dimensions of development are to you. You can then participate in constructing a multiple-dimension index of human development.

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Written by Robert

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