All-girls BrainSquard team wins regional Technovation Challenge 

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Riding on the win of the Junior Division Global 2018 Technovation Challenge by Nigeria, another team of young Nigerian girls have won the 2019 Regional Technovation Challenge.

The all-girls team from Standard Bearers School (SBS) Lekki, Lagos, won the Zonal Pitch of the challenge held at the Lagos Business School (LBS), which is taking them into the semi-final round.

The girls, aged 10 -11 years, who were called BrainSquad team include; Ivana Mordi, Munachi Chigbo, Jadesola Kassim, Ayomikun Ariyo and Pandora Onyedire. After research, the team came up with an idea of building a fund-raising app called Handsout to help less privileged children go to school and get a good education. Their studies showed that over 10 million children are out of school in Nigeria, with problems mainly from poverty. The inspiration behind creating Handsout was the collapse of a school at Itafaji, Lagos and also the viral online news of Success Adegho who was sent out of school because her parents could not pay her school fees.

BrainSquad won and is now waiting for the final selection of teams in Africa as the judges in Silicon Valley decide which teams will go on to represent the continent at the finals later this year. While they are waiting, they have used the time to improve on their app following the judges’ advice, to finalize the launch of Handsout.

“The aim of Handsout is to create a way for organisations, friends and well-meaning people all over the world to donate funds for the school fees of less privileged Nigerian children who desire to go to school but cannot afford to. People who want to support by giving things like school shoes, school bags, stationery and library books are welcome and can do so through the app, which … Read More...