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Tech Ten Kenyan girls’ teams shortlisted for Sh1.5 million Global Technovation Challenge

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The winning team walks away with KES 1,500,000 ($15,000) in funding for further App development.

play Safaricom Women in Technology lead, Lillian Kiambati does a jig with girls from various schools in Nairobi Region who had attended the Technovation pitch plus award ceremony at Safaricom House (Courtesy)

Ten Kenyan girls’ teams have been shortlisted for the 2018 Global Technovation Challenge semifinals.

The ten teams are drawn from secondary schools across the country, with more than 80 girls’ teams making submissions to this year’s competition. In total over 400 girls participated in the challenge.

play Kenya's submissions have seen them rank fourth in global submissions, behind Spain’s 11 teams, Canada with 13 and the US with 19 teams.

 

Anne Cheboi, Regional Ambassador, Technovation Challenge said there has been an increase in quality of submissions for the four years in which the competition has run in Kenya.

She also noted that all the girls teams are now coming up with innovations that address locally relevant challenges.

The Technovation Challenge seeks to encourage girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

It involves three months of mentorship, in which teams of young women work together to design Apps and pitch them to investors.

Some of the teams shortlisted include:

  • Queen Focus from Tumaini Girls Mombasa with their Soba App that is designed to link drug addicts to rehab centers.
  •  High Gram from Qubaa High School, Mombasa designed an education app that aims to reduce illiteracy levels in society.
  • Teams Pentatechs and G-SAS from Kaveye Girls, Kisumu presented Kuza Talent, an app that links organizations with talented youth and E housing, an app for finding houses to rent respectively.
  • Skylarks from Ngiya Girls, Siaya with their sexual education App Kuwa Safe.
  • Naitech Chix and Technovergent from M-PESA Foundation Academy presented Abicare, a safety and care App for people with albinism, and Smartfarmer, a commercial digital platform for small-scale farmers.
  • Smartgirls from Njoro Precious Secondary School, Nakuru came up with I-Mentor
  •  Movers and Shakers from Mary Hill Girls, Nairobi qualified with Soko Fresh an e-commerce store for groceries.

The submissions have seen Kenya rank fourth in global submissions, behind Spain’s 11 teams, Canada with 13 and the US with 19 teams.

Teams shortlisted for the semifinals proceed to the global finals, where the winning team walks away with KES 1,500,000 in funding for further App development.

The top two teams from Africa will be awarded $10,000 and $ 5,000 in scholarships.

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