Five Nigerian schoolgirls from Anambra State, won gold at Technovation competition 2018 held in Silicon Valley, California.
The Nigerian #TeamSaveASoul who represented Nigeria in the Global Tech competition in San Francisco, USA, comprised of five students of Regina Pacis College, Onitsha, Anambra State. The acting president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, August 10, congratulated the team of Nigerian schoolgirls through his official Twitter handle.
“These young ladies in Junior Secondary School, developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.
Yesterday, they won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California. Congratulations! We are very proud of you.
Well done to Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu, the founder of Edufun Technik STEM Center. I understand that she and her company were responsible for mentoring the young ladies. Great job!”
The Anambra girls who have now become Africa’s Golden Girls is made up of five brilliant girls;
1 Promise Nnalue
2 Jessica Osita
3 Nwabuaku Ossai
4 Adaeze Onuigbo
5 Vivian Okoye
They defeated teams from the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to win the 2018 Technovation world pitch junior division. The team, Save-A-Soul developed a mobile application, ‘FD Detector’ which could be used to tackle the problem of fake pharmaceutical products in the country.
Iridescent, a nonprofit empowering underrepresented young people globally to become innovators and leaders, announced that two teams of girls – one from India and Nigeria – won top honors at its 2018 Technovation World Pitch Summit, the world’s largest tech entrepreneurship program for girls ages 10-18. The two teams were named winners in the senior and junior divisions, respectively, during the “Global Innovation Celebration” held in the San Jose Theatre Aug. 9.
The celebration was the final event in the week-long World Pitch Summit Aug. 6-10. Finalists and visiting teams traveled from around the world for networking, field trips to tech companies, and career-building workshops.
The Technovation Challenge tasks girls ages 10-18, working in teams of 1-5, with creating a mobile app addressing a problem in their own community. The 2018 World Pitch Summit is the final event following more than seven months of hard work, innovation, and problem solving by more than 19,000 girls in 115 countries supported by over 5,000 mentors. Finalists were pitching for seed funding and scholarships. More than $50,000 USD was awarded across the teams.