World Youth Skills Day presents an opportunity to come together and recognise the importance of youth skills development, giving youth the chance to contribute to their communities’, countries’ and international sustainable development.
On this day ABMA Education would like to recognise a group of young women in Cameroon who are currently studying ABMA Education’s Computing and Information System qualification and entered The Technovation Challenge competition.
The Technovation Challenge
The Technovation Challenge is a global technology entrepreneurship programme for young women launched 5 years ago in Silicon Valley, USA. It aims to inspire young women to enter the field of technology by connecting them to IT experts and giving them experience by letting them create their own application that solves a major problem in their community.
Teams of young girls between the ages of 10 and 18 years identify a problem, create a mobile app to solve it, code the app, build a company to launch the app in the market, and pitch their plans to experts all in 3 months.
To enter the competition each team must submit:
- App source code
- Up to 4-minute video pitch
- Up to 2-minute app demo video
- 3-5 screen shots of app
- Business plan
- Team photo (with mentor and teacher included) for each team
- 100 word app description
The Trailblazers are a team of three young women who are studying ABMA Education Level 5 Computing and Information Systems at Institute of Professional Studies (IPS), Bamenda in Cameroon. They entered The Technovation Challenge with an idea for an application called ‘AGREALTH’ which focuses on agricultural health.
Vanessa Ngwe, Uppaultine Vimombiand, Che Christable Bih presented their idea at the Regional level taking on 231 other young women across Cameroon and won the title Regional Winners of Technovation Challenge Cameroon. From here they moved on to the continent finals unfortunately missing out to team Sniper from Kenya.
Vanessa Ngwe said “Thanks to our study of the ABMA programme, we were able to beat other teams in the competition. We are grateful to the ABMA Education family for their Computing and Information System Programme.”
Find out more information on at www.technovationchallenge.org/2016-results
Congratulations to The Trailblazers for winning the Cameroon Regional finals and becoming a Semi Finalist for Africa. This is a fantastic achievement and we are sure that your futures will be very bright indeed.