A handful of decades back, Segway inventor Dean Kamen observed that, “Every at the time in a when, a new technological know-how, an aged challenge and a significant concept change into an innovation,” which encompasses the premise that Africa’s challenges will spur innovations that aspire to clear up our community troubles and possibly go on to transform the environment.
More than the years, we have viewed neighborhood alternatives like Safaricom’s M-Pesa, expand into a worldwide mobile dollars product or service that right now is not only threatening classic economic programs all over the environment but is bridging the monetary inclusion gap at an unparalleled price.
Technology is not only a driver of growth but is probably to be the linchpin that will have our continent leapfrogging to middle cash flow position. To attain this, we are likely to have to have a crucial mass of hugely capable gurus in STEM fields.
Girls In ICT Rwanda are lending their skills to make confident that ladies will make up a considerable amount of long term Scientists, Engineers and Mathematicians by way of their flagship occasion, Ms.Geek Africa.
In partnership with the Ministry of ICT and Innovation, Ministry of Youth, Sensible Africa Secretariat and Imbuto Foundation, the third edition of Ms. Geek Africa is underway.
Ms. Geek Africa 2018 winner.
This year’s contestants are a assorted team of substantial school and college ladies from throughout Africa. They have travelled from as much afield as Nouakchott (Mauritania) on the North Western corner, to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the East, to associates from proper here in Rwanda to point out but a handful of.
On 16 May perhaps, on the sidelines of the Completely transform Africa 2019 summit, each and every finalist will pitch their concept to a panel of distinguished judges.
This calendar year, the bar has been lifted to new heights, contestants are making an attempt to resolve complications all over fake treatment, blood administration and storage, mobility and navigation for the visually impaired and significantly a lot more.
For the previous 7 days, the contestants have been doing work with Ladies-in-ICT and their companion GIZ’s Digital Transformation Centre that aims to acquire affect driven electronic answers and building the eco-system capacities to polish their assignments forward of the Ms.Geek Africa grand finale.
Girls-in-ICT imagine that in addition to the technological-dependent mentoring, it is important to devote some time on necessary lifestyle techniques like self-assurance developing and public speaking during the boot camp guaranteeing that the contestants will be a group of perfectly-rounded younger women.
The very last six several years has noticed Ms. Geek grow from strength to power producing it a protected wager that it will be very a address listening to how today’s youthful females are striving to raise Africa’s electronic economic system.
Ms.Geek Africa finale will be held at the Kigali Conference Centre on 16 May 2019 at 8.30am.
The writer is a tech fanatic centered in Kigali.
The views expressed in this write-up are of the writer.