A technology initiative by the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) reveals that the centre, during the 2016 Technovision Challenge would be training girls on mobile app development, using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) app inventor.
W.TEC Communications Officer, Mr Adeyemi Odutola, in a statement released on Monday, explains that Technovation is a global programme that helps scientists, engineers and technology professionals to share their passion with children from underrepresented groups.
This year, W.TEC stated that they would be working with some talented young girls from Girls’ Senior Academy, a Lagos State public school in Lagos Island.
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The tech company is optimistic that this time around, participants of the challenge will design a very good mobile app that will solve a lingering community challenge. Technovision is a worldwide Technology entrepreneurship programme and competition for young women, implemented through an intensive 3-month, 50-hour curriculum.
The teams of young women work together to imagine, design and develop mobile apps, then pitch their “startup” business to investors.
Founders of Technovation are of the opinion that children who are encouraged to be curious, daring, and driven stand the best chance of success in life. Every year, Technovation challenges girls all over the world to build a mobile app that would address a community problem in their country. Since 2010, over 3,000 girls from 28 countries have submitted to Technovation, thanks to dedicated volunteers around the world.
Over 5400 girls from 28 countries, today have developed 1029 mobile phone apps and learned to launch startup companies through Technovation.
W.TEC had participated in the challenge producing amazing mobile apps and training a good number of girls in mobile app development, using the MIT app inventor.