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Waste Disposal Mobile App Created By Nigerian Girls Wins Big At The Global Technovation Challenge 2015

Nov 26 2015
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A group of Nigerian teenage girls competing as the Charis Team, have done Nigeria and the African continent proud. They emerged winners at the just concluded Global Technovation Challenge 2015 held in San Francisco, USA, with their Discardious app . The competition featured young girls from around the world aged between 10 to 18 years old. The contestants were tasked to come up with a mobile app that solve a challenge faced by their community and submit it in the elementary or high school category.

The Nigerian girls, Praise David-Oku, Sonam Kumar, Nmesoma Ogbonna, and Grace Akpoiroro developed ‘Discardious’ a mobile application that tackles waste disposal challenge in Nigeria. They competed against participants from 64 countries pitching a total of 380 different apps and emerged the winner with their Discardious app.

David-Oku, one of the girls, said the competition has completely changed how they view technology.

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.Another member of Team Charis – Kumar 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 learned a lot of things about coding, networking, and public speaking.”

The promising young ladies are determined to keep using technology to improve lives in Nigeria, as well as encourage more young girls in science programmes.

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