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Nigeria: 2015 Technovation Challenge - Nigeria Beats USA, India, Mexico, Others
Source: Daily Independent (Lagos)
Source Date: Monday, July 06, 2015
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management, Internet Governance
Country: Nigeria
Created: Jul 06, 2015

Nigeria has emerged winner in Technovation Challenge world pitch, which held at San Francisco, USA. The team, i-kapture emerged winners in a competition that comprised six finalists from six countries. They are USA, India, Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia. 64 countries entered for the competition.

The winning team comprising four brilliant girls: Praise David-Oku, Sonam Kumar, Nmesoma Ogbonna, and Grace Akpoiroro developed a mobile app to tackle waste disposal challenge in Nigeria. The App pitched is called, 'Discardious'.

Mrs Martha Alade, Founder of WITIN and Coordinator of the program in Nigeria enthused that this years' team is exceptional and have done Nigeria proud. Their solution solves a major problem in Nigeria. This is the first time a Nigerian team would come first globally in Technovation World Pitch.

Grace Ihejiamaizu, an International Exchange Alumni and founder of iKapture Networks, who mentored the winning team, said they faced a lot of challenges on their way to success but overcame.

64 countries participated in the competition with 380 apps submitted, 10 teams from all over the world were given the opportunity to explain their project in form of a pitch and tell their app story in a creative way. The girls also attended life-changing workshops including a networking session.

One of the team members, Praise David-Oku, who spoke for the team, said the competition has totally changed their views of 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.

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