In collaboration with Malawi University of Science and Technology, Girls from mHub’s Children’s Coding Club and Girls 4 Code Club ....

In collaboration with Malawi University of Science and Technology, Girls from mHub’s Children’s Coding Club and Girls 4 Code Club have joined the international Technovation Competition for a chance to win $20,000. Two groups, Dynamite Squad from the Children’s Coding Club and GHub (Girls in the Hub) from the Girls 4 Code, have registered for the competition.

Every year Technovation invites teams of girls from all over the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. Technovation challenges these young girls to identify a problem in their community and create a solution that will utilize technology. The girls work together to compile a business plan and develop a mobile application, with support from designated mentors.

The Technovation curriculum takes participants through four stages of launching a mobile app. This curriculum is inspired by the concept of design thinking. The first step is the ideation stage where the teams identify a problem in their community. The second stage, the mobile application is developed that will provide a solution to the challenge faced in the community. After the development of the mobile application, teams will build their business plan and design a strategy for launching the mobile app. In the final stage, they will step into the market and pitch their applications.

The Dynamite Squad consists of three girls who are students at Mt. Sinai International School in Lilongwe. They are also in The Children’s Coding Club at mHub. Their mobile application will provide information on environmental issues such as deforestation that are leading to global warming. The second group has three young ladies in it and they call themselves GHub. They are part of the Girls 4 Code Club at mHub. They are developing a mobile application called Make Me Green that will provide all information relating to Agriculture and how citizens can keep their community green.

There are two categories in the competition, namely Junior and Senior. Teams in Southern Africa will compete with each other. Three teams from the Junior category and three teams from the Senior category in each region will go forward in the competition and pitch in Silicon Valley, California. Priscilla Maliwichi, a lecturer at Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), is Malawi’s Technovation Ambassador and is working together with mHub to oversee the competition. Together they provided technical support to the participating teams. The final challenge is taking place August 7th to 11th, 2017.

 

By Tapiwa Bokosi

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