A team of Nigerian female teenagers on Thursday emerged winners of the 2018 Technovation, a program that invites girls to identify a problem in their communities or country and then challenge them to solve them by developing apps.
At the World Pitch in the California United States, the team Save-A-Soul developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector ’ to tackle the problem of fake pharmaceutical products in the country.
The team was reportedly selected from 2, 000 mobile app developers to represent Africa at the world pitch and have gone on to make the continent proud.
The Nigerian girls delivered a pitch and product that was deemed the best ahead of their counterparts from the United States, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and China. By doing so, the girls have become the first Nigerian team to win the competition.
More than 19,000 girls from 115 countries took part in the event, with only 12 teams making it to the finals.
Nigerian Girls Provide Innovative Solution To Detect Fake Drugs
According to a Guardian report, the teenage girls developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria according to them, the app helps to identify fake pharmaceutical drugs by leveraging a drug’s barcode to verify its authenticity and expiration date.
The team said that Nigeria has the largest market for fake drugs, and they planned to partner with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control ( NAFDAC ), using the app, to tackle this challenge and fight fake drugs.
Honored to announce Junior Gold Scholarship winning team Save A Soul, whose app FD-Detector will prevent countless lives in Nigeria from being lost to fake pharmaceutical drugs. #WorldPitch 🥇 pic.twitter.com/ayqg190Ms4
— Technovation (@technovation) August 10, 2018
The teenage girls are only junior secondary school students from a school in Anambra State, Nigeria, but will now be pitching their app to investors in the Silicon Valley within the next week.
Well Done Girls – 2018 Technovation Winners!!
Leading the praises for the victorious girls from Nigeria was acting president Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who tweeted a congratulatory message.
These young ladies in Junior Secondary School, developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.
Yesterday, they won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California.
Congratulations! We are very proud of you. pic.twitter.com/SFFVvP88JB
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) August 10, 2018
This will be the second time in two months that an African team claims the top spot at a world innovation event with ten pupils from South Africa claiming the top spot at a Silicon Valley hackathon.