Nigerian Teenage Girls win Silicon Valley Tech Competition

A team of teenage girls representing Nigeria has defeated teams from the United States, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to win the 2018 ‘Technovation’ world pitch junior division in San Francisco, USA.

The team Save-A-Soul from Nigeria – selected from 2,000 mobile app developers to represent Africa – developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problem of fake pharmaceutical products in the country, Channels writes.

The team, on Thursday night, came first at the finals after facing judges from around the world.

This is the first time a Junior Nigerian team will emerge among the finalists to visit Silicon Valley and the Nigerian teenage girls will be pitching their app to investors in Silicon Valley, California.

Technovation is a program that invites girls to identify a problem in their communities and then challenge them to solve them by developing apps.

The teenage girls from Anambra State argue that Nigeria has the largest market for fake drugs, and they plan to partner with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), using the app, to tackle this challenge.

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