Some days ago, five schoolgirls from Kisumu High School in Kenya’s western city of Kisumu went to far away San Franscisco, USA, to represent Africa in Google’s Technovation challenge. Their entry for the competition was an app, iCut, to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The five teenagers, aged 15 to 17, Stacy Owino, Purity Achieng, Ivy Akinyi, Synthia Otieno and Macrine Atieno competed to win $15,000 in this year’s international Technovation competition, where girls develop mobile apps to end problems in their communities.
Alas after yesterday final pitch, the team from Kazakhstan with a safety app, QamCare, emerged as the winner. More than 11,000 girls from 103 countries formed teams to compete in this challenge.
Better luck next time, Africa!.