Ms. Geek 2018 is Salissou Hassane Yari Latifa, a young IT girl from Niger.
Latifa has seen with sadness accidents happen on streets of her home country and more disturbing, taking rescuers and Police ages to come to the victims help.
Latifa told local media that 37% of all accidents in her country are road accidents.
From this experience, she designed a fast responder App for community to aid accident victims before ambulance arrives. “Through this App, we can all be figher fighter and rescuers without necessarily being professionals.”
She won Rwf3m and a range of prizes such as attending global summits, more mentorship and training.
Through a tough competition the judges went through tough exercise to engage five finalists selected from about 200 applicants from across the continent.
According to Lucy Mbabazi – head of Girls in ICT,- a platform that promotes African girls to venture into Science and Technology, the competition was designed to inspire African girls to be part of solving the continent’s challenges using technology.
The platform also aims at encouraging girls to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
This morning, the girls were given the last chance to further pitch their projects at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit taking place in Kigali.
Every single presentation received massive applause from a fully packed hall at Radisson Blu and Convention Centre.
The Minister of Youth, Rosemary Mbabazi who attended the last presentation exercise, made her final judgment; “You are all winners,” she told the outstanding girls.
But all in all, the overall winner had to be announced.
Mboup Ndeye Fatou from Senegal is 1st runners-up. She walked with Rwf2m.
She designed a Smart Granary to allow farmers keep their fruits and vegetables fresh as long as possible to reduce revenue loss. She has a prototype built from youtube.
Christelle Mazimpaka was 2nd runner-up and walked away with Rwf1m.
A Rwandan, Mazimpaka designed “The Isi Circles” – an App that helps small and medium enterprises to access capital from Middle African Income Earners.
She wants to develop a platform to connect ideas to investors.
Sylvie Mahoro: A young IT enthusiast from Rwanda, Mahoro wants to simplify conversations by bringing simultaneous translations to people in conferences, International Trade fairs struggling with African Languages.
Alida Nyayiha Umurungi: A young Rwandan, Umurungi designed a platform that will simplify logistics for small entrepreneurs to get goods easily.
Through her project,Umurungi looks up to taking advantage of the recently signed Africa Continental Free Trade to connect retailers and wholesalers across the continent.
With the above competitive finalists, the ball remain in the judges’ court to decide who walks out with the biggest prize before 4000 delegates attending Transform Africa Summit.
Before the winner was announced, Janet Longmore – CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust and a sponsor of the event had her last word to all Ms Geek contestants; “Design with inclusiveness in mind,” she said.