Nigerian All-Girl Tech Team Develops Fundraising App
A young Nigerian all-girl team working as team ‘Brain Squad’ have made it to the final round of the 2019 Technovation Challenge after creating a phone app.
Girls are bent on ruling the tech world in Nigeria. A young Nigerian all-girl team called ‘Brain Squad’ qualified for the final round of the 2019 Technovation Challenge. The Brain Squad made the list of this year’s finalists with their unique app called ‘Hands Out’. These impressive 6th graders will be representing the country at the World Pitch in Silicon Valley.
After successfully scaling through several rounds of the 2019 Technovation Challenge, five young Nigerian girls have made it to the final stage of the competition. The team will be representing the country with their ‘Hands Out’ app at the World Pitch of the world’s largest tech entrepreneurship program in Silicon Valley.
Who is the Brain Squad?
The Brain Squad team has 5 members, all 10 and 11-year-old girls. The girls, Ayomikun Ariyo, Ivana Mordi, Jadesola Kassim, Munachiso Chigbo and Pandora Onyedire, attend the Standard Bearers School in Lagos, Nigeria.
They came together to develop an app that would make it easy for people to make donations to help the needy pay for school fees, food, shoes, books, stationery, medication and more.
The girls got inspiration to develop the app after the tragic collapse of a Primary School building in Lagos early this year.
In their words, “On the 16th of march 2019, a building which had a primary school within at Itafaji Lagos collapsed. Many children died and others were injured. The community was thrown into morning and the surviving children can’t understand why friends and relatives had to die. They need hope.”
Their goal is for this app to be an avenue for donors to help those in need and help more children access education. The funds raised will be handled by the team’s alumni group and Stanbic IBTC Fund managers.
The Technovation World Pitch begins on August 15, 2019. The girls will have access to “a week of networking, field trips, workshops, and the chance to win scholarships.”
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Brain Squad is the last African team standing in the competition. The team will be competing against their fellow junior division finalists. They are: Canada’s ‘Robot Unicorns’; ‘Young Inventors’ from the United States; and other teams.
The senior division finalists are ‘CoCo’ from Kazakhstan; ‘D3c0ders’ from Albania; Spain’s ‘LPSN’; ‘Powerful Daisies’ from Brazil; ‘Team Uproot’ from the United States; and India’s ‘Tech Witches’.
Here’s wishing the Brain Squad all the very best at Silicon Valley!
Every parent would be proud of daughters like the Brain Squad, for their absolute brilliance and exemplary creativity. These traits are the result of deliberate inculcation and quality education. We’ll be sharing below some tips to help you raise creative children.
How To Raise Creative Children
- Teach them to question everything
- Encourage them to enjoy the process more than craving the final result.
- Help them practice thinking outside the box using humour
- Occasionally solicit their help with problems to help them think critically
- Expose them to diverse viewpoints on a subject
- Support their passions
- Leave gaps in their schedule
Resource: Channels TV