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Kisumu Girls Tops Africa in the Technovation Challenge

Kisumu Girls are Africa’s Technovation Challenge 2017 Finalists

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Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Every year they invite girls to identify a problem in their community, and then challenge them to solve it. Girls work in teams to build both a mobile app and a business plan to launch that app, supported by mentors and guided by a curriculum.

Technovation curriculum takes students through 4 stages of launching a mobile app startup, inspired by the principles of design thinking:

  • Ideation  – Identify a problem in the community
  • Technology – Develop a mobile app solution
  • Entrepreneurship – Build a business plan to launch the app
  • Pitch – Bring the business to market

The team of five girls – Ivy Akinyi, Macrine Akinyi, Cynthia Awuor, Stacy Adhiambo and Purity Christine; all students of Kisumu Girls High School, Kenya, didn’t leave anything to chance to make sure that they had one of the best mobile apps. They toiled night and day, thinking the app, sleeping the app. During the last school holiday, the girls decided to stay behind in school to finalize on their app, while their peers went home for the school break vacation. This has finally paid off.

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Girls brainstorming and making their apps

Calling themselves Restorers, they are among the tens of teams that came from Kenya to participate in this challenge. They also managed to beat all of them, and be the only team from Kenya and Africa to go to the finals.

Their app – iCut,  is an android app that helps to fight Female Genital Mutilation in our society . It does this by providing a platform where people can report FGM cases and also FGM victims can get help.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons.

In August 2017, they will be attending the Technovation Challenge Finals in San Francisco, USA, where they will be presenting their app before world leaders and tech investors. And they also have the opportunity to win guaranteed prize money of US$ 20,000 to launch their app if they become the 2017 winners.

All finalists shall also receive cash prizes of US$ 5,000.

The second closest team was Dynasty, with an app called “NearJobs” from Nakuru, Kenya, but which managed to secure a worthy position in the Runners Up category.

The other (though in the Junior Category) was Life Challengers, with the app “That’s It”, from Rabat Morocco. They were also runners up.

The girls were mentored from LakeHub, Kisumu under the tutelage of one able girls in tech champion Dorcas Owino.

Congratulation team Restorers. Only the sky’s the limit for you!

Smartphones

OPPO to Launch OPPO F11 Pro with Ultra Night Mode in Low Light

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International camera phone brand OPPO is set to add new products – OPPO F11 and F11 Pro – to its beloved F series of mobile phones. In addition to inheriting the excellent selfie function of the F series as well as the sleek gradient design of F9, the F11 series boast several innovative technologies and are equipped with a new 48MP ultra-clear camera system, a rising camera, and a panoramic screen, bringing customers more comfortable and flawless user experience. (more…)

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Energy

Q&A about WeTu with Rolf Huber – The Managing Director of Siemens Stiftung

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Siemens Stiftung has established WE!Hub Victoria Ltd, a social enterprise based in Kisumu, Kenya. The social enterprise will work on innovative solutions related to drinking water and energy supply on the shores of Lake Victoria. In addition, newly-developed electric vehicles will be deployed for the first time in rural Africa. These solutions, along with social and ecological business models, are intended to improve living conditions for locals, create jobs, and establish new economic opportunities. 

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Communication

Safaricom Opens New Call Center in Eldoret Town

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Safaricom has today opened a new Call Centre in Eldoret town as the telco continues its push to improve customer experience. (more…)

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