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Girls technology challenge set for April

29 January 2014, 06:53Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Women in Technology in Nigeria (WITIN) will hold the National Girls Iridescent Technovation Challenge at a date yet to be announced in April.

WITIN will next month hold the Eastern edition of the event.

The competition has begun at the regional levels in Lagos and Ogun State while Delta State will host the eastern edition of the programme on February 1.

WITIN said that more than 50 girls from about 13 secondary schools participated in the western region edition of the challenge last week in Lagos and Ogun States.

Schools that took part in the competition include Queensland Academy, Vivian Fowler, Fountain Heights, UNILAG International School, Flor-Peak Comprehensive College, Homeland College, Honeyland Schools, King David Model School, among others.

The Coordinator and President of WITIN, Martha Omoekpe-Alade, said each team that participated in the challenge worked with both a classroom teacher at their school and a female mentor/role model.
Omoekpe-Alade, explained that the challenge was the largest and longest-running global technology competition exclusively for girls to inspire the pursuit of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

“This contest allows girls to learn how to code and develop mobile apps, conduct market research, write business plans and create a pitch for funding. They are also taught life skills such as how to identify a problem, design and test a solution, collaborate with a team and communicate to different audiences,” she said.

She added that the initiative is in line with the Ministry of Communication Technology’s drive to bridge the growing gap in ICT between young females and their male counterparts.

The world challenge will be held in California, United States in May this year.

Omoekpe-Alade noted that last year, the winners from Nigeria, who developed a mobile application to solve traffic problems, were among the top 10 contenders globally.

The technovation challenge, according to WITIN, is a global technology entrepreneurship programme for girls, created to discover their ingenuity in applications development and programming.

– CAJ News


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