Ruth Njeri Waiganjo Makes Kenyans Proud In Kigali, Rwanda
Ruth Njeri Waiganjo from University of Nairobi in Kenya beat four of her other competitors in the final held on the sidelines of Transform Africa Summit 2017, to be crowed the 2017 Miss Geek Africa the first of its kind in the continent.
Waiganjo beat four other finalists to emerge as the winner of the maiden continental edition of the Miss Geek Africa competition, which is aimed at inspiring African girls to take up top roles in the technology sector and use their skills to solve problems dogging Africa today.
The aim of the competition is to inspire African girls to be part of solving the continent’s challenges using technology and encourage them to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
At the ongoing Transform Africa Summit, eight girls pitched their projects to a high level panel of judges and in front of hundreds of the delegates who graced this year’s summit, including ICT, and business leaders, after which the jury chose five with prospective projects.
Rwanda topped the list with four out of the five girls coming from Rwanda.
Those who were selected are Chrystal Omany from Green Hills Academy in Kigali, Leah Akimana from University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology, Daniella Uwase from Riviera High School, Delphine Micomyiza from Groupe Scholaire Notre Dame De Lourdes, and Ruth Njeri Waiganjo from University of Nairobi in Kenya.
Here is the what they presented:
The Top Five Finalists:
Chrystal Omany – Green Hills Academy in Kigali
Developed a ‘Girl Safety Project’ which aims at bringing sustainable solutions, especially in case of emergency through information access system.
Leah Akimana – University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology
Developed a digital mobile app, she called ‘Bus System Simulator’ that uses geo-location technology and aims at improving means of public transportation in the country, in particular Kigali where more than 2 million people use buses in their daily lives.
Daniella Uwase – Riviera High School
Developed a ‘MedApp’ application that seeks to cut the cost of medication through enabling users to access a cocktail of medication and prescriptions without having to move from one pharmacy to another, saving lives and money wasted on journeys.
Delphine Micomyiza – Groupe Scholaire Notre Dame De Lourdes
She reckons that by fixing sensor-enabled water meters to the taps could permanently eliminate water theft. With her project she named ‘Water Track’, a digital solution that she developed to save 33% of all water related expenses in Rwanda lost to water theft.
Ruth Njeri Waiganjo – University of Nairobi in Kenya
Bringing about an innovative solution to respond to transport problems like frequent accidents through ‘Safe Drive’. Ruth’s solution collects data through a mobile app and sensors, analyses it and the output is the profile of the driver. The system is able to know the behavior of drivers.