NappiDaddi, an App for Absent Fathers in SA


father-son-huggingOne thing I admire about technology is how it encourages people to become creative, how it is consistently being used to innovate ideas to tackle real-life struggles and this new app I’m about to introduce to you definitely meets the standard. Designed and developed in a matter of 24 hours at the 2015 Innovation Summit Hackathon held in Cape Town recently, NappiDaddi is an app that aims to encourage fathers  to become involved in their child’s life from the early stages.

It’s no secret that South Africa has the highest number of absent fathers in the world but this award-winning mobile application promises to make things better for both parents and the children involved.

How can we use technology to encourage fathers of young children to be involved in their children’s early care and development and how do we use technology to stimulate problem solving or adaptation skills in parents were some of the questions given to the participants at the Hackathon which saw the NappiDaddi team walk away with a R10 000 cash prize.

“We think that this will appeal to men specifically, as by nature, we are very competitive. NappiDaddi eases the transitioning into parenthood through clear pattern recognition and rule-based guidance as well as democratises the process of raising cognitively strong and healthy children through a facilitated network,” Khanya Msila from the NappiDaddi team explained.

The app will offer support to fathers, helping them overcome the various challenges they experience during fatherhood. It’s a platform for daddies around the country to voice out their struggles, share ideas and ask for advice when needed. The team feels that it is important to engage with fathers, thus getting to the root cause of their uninvolvement in their children’s early development.

The app has so far received a lot of support and it is hoped that South African men will use the mobile app to their advantage.

Ofcourse, much more needs to be done to solve the issue of absent fathers in the country but such technological initiatives will certainly make a difference in people’s lives.