Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo, and Vivian Okoye have put Nigeria and Africa on the global technological map.
The five Anambra girls from Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha codenamed Team Save-A-Soul, who represented Nigeria and Africa at the World Technovation Challenge in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, US won the Gold Medal at World Technovation Contest.
Under the tutelage of Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu the CEO of Edufun Technik STEM, the Golden Girls spent five months researching and developing FD-Detector which swept through over 2000 competing applications to get to the finals in San Francisco.
115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams from all over the world were selected as finalists for the pitch in Silicon Valley.
The team defeated representatives of other technological giants including the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to win the 2018 Technovation world pitch junior division.
The FD-Detector, was developed to help tackle the Challenge of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria. The app leverages a drug’s barcode to verify its authenticity and expiration date. Save A Soul will also partner with NAFDAC (National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control), an agency responsible for regulating drugs in Nigeria.
Leveraging technology to save lives is our utmost priority, that is why we have decided to maximize this opportunity to solve the incessant rate of death caused by fake drugs, said Team Save-A-Soul.
The girls will also be attending Field trips, life-changing workshops including a networking session during their one week stay in USA.
Technovation is a programme that offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the programming skills they need to emerge as tech-entrepreneurs and leaders.Every year, girls are invited to identify a problem in their communities, and then challenge them to solve them by developing Andriod applications that would address those problems. 115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams from all over the world were selected as finalists for the pitch in Silicon Valley.
The 2018 World Pitch Summit is the final event following more than seven months of hard work, innovation, and problem solving by more than 19,000 girls in 115 countries supported by over 5,000 mentors.