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

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

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.

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:

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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