Every year Technovation invites girls to identify a problem in their community, and then challenges them to solve it. Girls work in teams to build a mobile app and create a business plan to launch that app, supported by mentors and guided by the Technovation curriculum.
This year, five Nigerian teenagers won first place in the junior division of the Technovation World Pitch Summit held in San Jose, California for the FD Detector (Fake Drug Detector) App that tackles the problem of counterfeit pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.
For years, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been struggling with the issue of conterfiet drugs in Nigeria. A lot malaria deaths in Nigeria are have been linked to the use fake medicines and 40% of counterfiet drugs all over the world is dumped in Africa.
The winning team consists of five girls from Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra State: Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuka Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye.
They were mentored by 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Uchenna Onwuaegbu-Ugwu who founded a STEM Center for children and youth from ages 3-18, especially girls in rural communities in eastern Nigeria.
Technovation has worked with more than 23,000 girls around the world to develop mobile apps and startup and in 2018 nearly 2,000 teams submitted mobile apps to the program (a 59% increase from 2017).