Five Nigerian girls working as team ‘Brain Squad’ have made the shortlist of the 2019 World Pitch Technovation finalists.
According to a release of the 2019 season results of the Technovation Challenge, the “2019 Technovation Finalists will be flown to Silicon Valley for World Pitch for a week of networking, field trips, workshops, and the chance to win scholarships.”
The Brain Squad made the list of 2019 finalists with their ‘Hands Out’ app – which allows well-meaning people all over the world to easily donate to children and their families to help them pay for school fees, food, shoes, books, stationery, medication and more.
The team had earlier participated at the Technovation Regional Pitch held at the Lagos Business School, where hundreds of tech-savvy young girls aged 8-18 years had showcased their abilities to code hi-tech solutions to contemporary challenges.
The regional pitch which had the teams divided into junior and senior categories featured mobile app solutions and how they work. Each team had 4 minutes to pitch their solutions and 3 minutes to respond to questions from the panel of judges.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s FrostBits – the innovators of FrostPark are one of the senior division regional winners. FrostPark is an app that tackles the menace of obstructive parking, particularly in the city of Lagos, Nigeria.
With the use of location sensors, database, app inventor’s interface and more, FrostPark allows users to easily park their cars without worrying about interference from other drivers.
The release by Technovation Challenge’s website added that the “2019 Regional Winners will not be flown to Silicon Valley to participate in World Pitch, but each team will receive $1,000 scholarship. There is one Regional Winner per region in each division. Regions are: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.”
Since its launch in 2010, Technovation which was founded by Iridiscent, has provided over 23,000 young girls the chance to build practical experience in technology and leadership. Its main aim is to close gender gap in hi-tech solutions and provide girls with the opportunity to develop a curiosity and skills in tech, creating pathways for them to pursue and succeed in STEM careers.
Other teams in the junior division finalists include Naeng-Norng, Cambodia; Cloud9, Canada; Baton, India; MINKA, Bolivia; and Epione, United States.
While teams in the senior division finalists are: TECO, Kazakhstan; GjejZa, Albania; When&Where, Spain; Safe Tears, Brazil; Uproot, United States; and Maitri, India.