Five teen Nigerian girls won the Technovation international app challenge with their creation, a community waste disposal app. The girls, Praise David-Oku, Sonam Kumar, Nmesoma Ogbonna, Charlotte Takem and Grace Akpoiroro, all from Cross River State, and call themselves Team Charis, beat 10 girl teams from different countries. They went home with $10 000 cash prize
The competition challenges girls from the ages of 10 to 18 to build a mobile app that will address a community problem and submit it in the elementary or high school category.
“We first met in high school as classmates and met again at the iKapture Afterschool Academy where we decided to take up the challenge of programming for the first time. Despite our diverse backgrounds, we have dedicated ourselves to doing this project because of our collective interest in creating positive change in our communities” the girls wrote on their blog.
Team Charis used the MIT App Inventor platform to create the Discardious Android app. Congrats to them