The Technovation World Challenge is organized by Iridescent, a global non-profit organization that empowers underrepresented young people. Largely focused on young girls, Iridescent empowers young people through engineering and technology. The Challenge is held yearly for girls aged 10 to 18.
A Nigerian team of five girls was announced the winner of $10,000 first place Awards at the 2018 Technovation World Challenge. The event was held in California, USA. Their group name was ‘Save A Soul’ and they developed the “FD-Detector”, an app to help fight fake drugs. By scanning the barcode on drugs, FD-Detector can determine the originality of a drug.
Save A Soul is made up of five young students from Regina Pacis College in Anambra State. They include Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo, and Vivian Okoye.
Using technology to save lives was their our utmost priority,and they decided to maximize the opportunity to solve the issues of fake drug sales.
The team firstly emerged victorious in the Africa regional competition held in July in Abuja, Nigeria. It was the first time a Junior Nigerian team had emerged among the finalists to visit Silicon Valley.
To win the first place, however, Save A Soul had to compete with students from Spain, USA, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and China. And with over 2000 apps submitted for the competition.
And the team has further plans for the FD-Detector. In the long run, they aim to partner the National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NDLEA) to ensure the app goes mainstream.
Aren’t we just proud of our own?