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4 girls make Nigeria proud at Techno-vation USA; win apps contest

Four Nigerian girls, Praise David-Oku, Sonam Kumar, Nmesoma Ogbonna and Grace Akpoiroro emerged winners at the Technovation Challenge held in San Francisco, USA. They pitched against 379 other apps and theirs, ‘Discardious’ – a mobile app designed to tackle the waste disposal challenge in Nigeria – won. The contest had 64 countries submitting 380 apps.
Ten teams made the finals from all over the world. Each got the opportunity to pitch their app and tell its story in a creative way, sales-like. Participants attended life-changing workshops as well as networking session. One of the team members, Praise David-Oku, who spoke for the team, said the competition has totally changed their views of technology, reports Vanguard.
“It has given our team a platform to use technology to solve problems in our community. It has also motivated us to think outside the box. It has boosted my self-confidence and helped me build new relationships and networking skills. I have met new people from different parts of the world and shared ideas. It has also made me realize that I am not too young to start achieving my goals.
Sonam, one of the team members said: “It was wonderful, tough and very competitive. It was challenging for us, as we met and listened to people from different parts of the world tell their stories and share their powerful ideas. Above all, we learnt a lot of things about coding, networking and public speaking.
It was a very wonderful experience. She emphasized that Parents should enrol their girls in computer programmes at a tender age. Provide technology gadgets for use at home. Allow and encourage them to participate in technology competitions and programs. Encourage them to pick and study science related courses.
The team unanimously professed that this is only the beginning of something big. “We are going to empower, build and guide young girls to participate in the next Technovation competition. We will launch our app and work on our project to solve pressing challenges in Nigeria. Technovation in Nigeria has come to stay for good”.
Coordinator of the programme in Nigeria, Mrs. Martha Alade, said that this years’ team was exceptional and has done Nigeria proud. The girls’ app solves a major problem in Nigeria. This is the first time a Nigerian team would come first globally at the Technovation Challenge. Grace Ihejiamaizu, founder of iKapture Networks, who mentored the girls said they faced a lot of challenges on their way to success but overcame them all.

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