The Technovation Challenge returns

When most people hear the word technology, they associate it with fancy gadgets, progress, development and,more often than not, men

04 Nov 2016 . 1,681 Views

When most people hear the word technology, they associate it with fancy gadgets, progress, development and,more often than not, men.  It’s an expected reaction, but have you heard of the Safaricom Women in Technology (WIT)? Well, the brilliant minds at Safaricom WIT have fieldpartnered with Technovation to launch the 2016 edition of the Technovation Challenge.

The Technovation Challenge is a 12-week app development and mentorship program aimed at cultivating interest in Science, Technology and Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies. We at Safaricom are passionate about this initiative because we’ve seen that mobile has the ability to transform lives in ways no other technology can, and would love to play a key role in nurturing the next generation of home-grown innovators who will have a direct impact in the society we operate.

Last year’s winners of the Technovation Challenge, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Secondary School from Mombasa, made it to the semi-finals in the global competition held in Silicon Valley, San Francisco.  Their mobile application – Gold in Garbage – teaches users how to recycle garbage, make money from recycling and links users to bodies interested in recycling. This year’s program will see girls from 11 high schools work in teams of four to five to identify a challenge affecting a specific group of people. They will then be asked to develop a mobile-phone based application that offers a sustainable solution.

Over 700 high school students in over 22 schools have participated in the program since 2014.

Watch this space for updates on the program & participants – you may be lucky enough to say you knew the next “Bill Gates” before they blew up!

Smart meters are helping to track water on the internet. Here is how In a rapidly changing job market, the youth can look to the future with hope With schools closed, more students turn to texts

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published

0 comments

See also

  • Let’s go beyond
  • Safaricom@20
20 Jun 2018
Sports . 8,277 Views

Podcasts

About Us

The Safaricom Newsroom was built with the intention of providing our customers, journalists and other stakeholders with a platform where they can share in our journey of transforming lives.

The integrated storytelling platform is run by a team of dedicated content creators and strategists who ensures that we maintain high quality, relevant, engaging and shareable content.

We believe that great stories have the connective power to bring people together. Our strategy to create memorable stories and thought leadership pieces on the industry is guided by our three main content palettes: Community, Innovation and Sustainable Future.