Technovation’s mission is to inspire and educate girls and women to solve real-world problems through technology. This year, the Global Technovation Challenge 2015 held in San Francisco, USA featured young girls from around the world between 10 – 18 years old. The objective of the challenge was to come up with a mobile app that solves a challenge faced by their community and submit it in the elementary or high school category.
Team Charis emerged as the winners of the pitch competition in the High School division with their Discardious App. Discardious is an app that aims to solve the problem of improper waste disposal in Nigeria. The app allows upscale business owners and individuals discard waste conveniently and on time. It also provides a blog space for news and information on proper waste disposal and management.
Below is an interview with two of the winners, Grace Akporiro and Praise David-Oku. If you missed the interview from the other two winners, Sonam Kumar and Nmesoma Ogbonna, click here. Hope this inspires you!
Tell me a little bit about yourselves.
Grace: I’m Grace Akpoiroro; a student,an emerging entrepreneur, team leader of Team Charis and an aspiring medical doctor. My hobbies are reading, exploring the world, browsing for new opportunities, and drawing. I have a strong zeal for science and technology. Determination is what keeps me going.
Praise: I’m Praise Emem David-Oku , a Nigerian. I’m 16 years old. I love making people happy, learning and discovering new things.
Describe your work with iKapture Afterschool Academy and how Discardious was developed.
Grace: I am a student at iKapture Academy, currently undergoing leadership and entrepreneurship training. Discardious was developed using the MIT App Inventor 2 and an android phone for testing the app. My team members and I together with our App instructor (Joshua Ihejiamaizu) worked on both the User Interface (UI) and the back end. It was a bit challenging but we scaled through.
Praise: My teammates and I developed Discardious mobile app with the help of our app coach using the MIT App Inventor.
What does this App hope to achieve and what technology would be required to achieve this.
Grace: The app hopes to create job opportunities and establish a means for waste to be conveniently disposed leading to a clean and disease free environment. Discardious was developed using the MIT App Inventor 2 and an android phone for testing the app.
Praise: With this app, we hope to curb the menace of indiscriminate waste disposal in Nigeria and Africa at large.
You did such an amazing job during your pitch, how does it feel to win a tech competition at a global level.
Grace: Winning the technology competition is a great achievement for me. It has made me realize that it is possible to be the best. Being a global winner is a dream come true.
Praise: It really feels good. I’m very happy and fulfilled that our hard work and labor paid off.
What are your dreams for the next steps.
Grace: My dreams are to start up the business and organize a training session for young people who will in turn help the business to grow smoothly and help our goals to be achieved in a shorter time. I also want to encourage young girls to participate in the next Technovation Challenge.
Praise: Our dreams for the next step is to develop Discardious app and take it into the market. And also to ensure its impact is felt in solving the social, economic and environmental challenges in our community.
Who ignited/influenced your interest for technology.
Grace: The world is becoming a global village and everything is now computerized. Technology has made things easier, faster and more reliable. Due to this numerous benefits, I developed an interest in technology.
Praise: Our app coach (Joshua Ihejiamaizu).
What is your advice to other young females like you.
Grace: Make use of any opportunity around you. Instead of using the internet negatively, use it to search for life changing opportunities. Where I am today is because of the determination I had to engage myself in Technovation, if I could make it, then you can make it.
Praise: My advice to my fellow young girls is, believe in yourself, NEVER let anything or anyone make you feel inferior. Just be focused, diligent, hardworking and look for opportunities – your dreams will eventually come to pass.
Thank you ladies.
Latest posts by Somto Fab-Ukozor (see all)
- APPLY: Google Computer Science Summer Institute for High School Seniors - February 7, 2019
- Grace Hopper Celebration 2019 Scholarship Application (Fully Funded) - February 7, 2019
- APPLY: Microsoft Diversity Conference Scholarship (fully funded + $1200 meal stipend) - February 7, 2019