A group of Nigerian girls living in Ireland have won an international tech competition with an app that helps people with dementia. Three teens took first place in Technovation Girls, a contest challenging young women and families to use technology to address real-world problems. Their app, Memory Haven, was on one of 16 finalists at the Technovation World Summit, taking the senior girl's division and being named People's Choice. In all, nearly 2,000 entrants from more than 60 countries entered the competition. Memory Haven has a half-dozen features targeting memory loss and speech and recognition problems - all of which are key issues faced by people with dementia.
Five teenage girls from Kenya are headed to California to make their dream of ending female genital mutilation (FGM) in their country a reality. Survivors can also report their violations to local authorities and find local rescue centers where they can get help -- all with the touch of a button. The powerful story of a #WorldPitch team who wants to restore hope to girls in society: https://t.co/VQf6GDhPIz "FGM is a big problem affecting girls worldwide and it is a problem we want to solve," Stacy Owino, one of the app's creators, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. According to a UNICEF report, more than 200 million women and girls worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation.
The students who engaged via the classroom's posting and commenting features felt positively about the program. One student in Pakistan told us: "I enjoyed how Idea Lab made learning more like an interesting activity we were eager to participate in rather than just work from school." Another student from Brazil told us her favorite part of the program was "that someone always saw my progress and gave me feedback." Students value attention, being heard, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with mentors more than prizes. As we realized how much students appreciated this feedback, we encouraged our volunteer mentors to engage more often and more regularly with students.
Years ago my (then) 10 year old niece asked me what I do. I tried to explain to her that I work on this super-exciting thing called Distributed Software. She asked me - "When I go to Google and search for something - does what you do help me? After I started working in Artificial Intelligence (AI), I am much better able to explain to my now 11 year old daughter what I do. My daughter and her friends can already see how AI impacts their world, and thanks to advancements in AI technologies, they are already able to build their own AI to solve problems they see around them.