The Face Behind Technovation in Nigeria; and in Africa.
Following the resounding victory of five Nigeria School Girls, who won the gold medal at the 2018 World Technovation Challenge in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, US last night, Nigeria has been thrown into celebrations. Although this year’s winners were mentored by Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu the CEO of Edufun Technik STEM, however, many people do not know the pioneers of the Technovation Challenge in Nigeria. We have this story for you.
TechMatas can authoritatively report that Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa supported the first Nigerian team from Princeton College in Lagos, who competed with other teams worldwide at the Twitter HQ in San Fransico in 2013, emerging top 10 globally. The team comprised Adeola Augustina Fasan, Abisola Chinonye Jegede, Chiemerie Mary Okoro, Joy Ayomide Olufemi, and Chikodili Grace Ozoagu who developed a mobile app to track traffic offenders in Nigeria.
The team were also presented to the European parliament (www.witin.org/tc13) on 25th of April by the Secretary General of ITU, DrHamadoun I. Touré; who also presented them with the Tech Needs Girls Awards (http://www.techneedsgirls.org/prize.aspx#.Uib75j_nJnQ) received on their behalf by Mrs Martha Omoekpen Alade, the pioneer of the Technovation Program in Nigeria. Mrs Martha Omoekpen Alade is also a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, Paul University Awka, Anambra State.
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In 2015, TEAM Nigeria mentored by Grace Ihejiamaizu, an International Exchange Alumni and founder of iKapture Networks, came first, winning gold in the Technovation Challenge world pitch that was held at San Francisco, USA. The 2015 winning team comprised of four brilliant girls: Praise David-Oku, Sonam Kumar, NmesomaOgbonna, and Grace Akpoiroro. They developed a mobile app called, ‘Discardious’, to tackle waste disposal challenge in Nigeria.
It is very instructive to note that the US Consulate in Nigeria have always fully supported the Nigerian Teams to the World Pitch.
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This is certainly a great feat specifically coming from girls from a west African nation that is struggling to catch up with her peers in technological innovations.
About Technovation Challenge.
Technovation is a programme that offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn programming skills they need to emerge as tech-entrepreneurs and leaders.
Every year, girls are invited to identify a problem in their communities, and then challenge them to solve them by developing Andriod applications that would address those problems. Winners are selected from among all the entries from where the overall best app is chosen as the global best.
This year’s edition is unique as the Nigerian golden girls won the Technovation Challenge with a mobile application called the FD-Detector which they developed to help tackle the Challenge of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria. This year’s winning team was tutored by Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu the CEO of Edufun Technik STEM, were they spent five months researching and developing FD-Detector which swept through over 2000 competing applications to get to the finals in San Francisco, United States of America
This makes it the second time Nigeria is winning the Technovation global competition. The girls will also be attending Field trips, life-changing workshops including a networking session during their one week stay in USA. Congratulations, from all of us at TechMatas.