Josephine Uwase Ndeze, a Congolese national on Thursday emerged the winner of Miss Geek Africa 2019 competition after beating ten finalists, announced at the closure of the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.
The award ceremony was the highlight of the closing ceremony.
Her project is a solution to reduce pregnancy mortality using a mobile platform connected to a smart bracelet.
The platform checks woman’s vital signs and sends them to an emergency service provider in real time.
She walked away with cash prize of 3million Rwandan Francs (about U.S. $ 3,315).
Gladys Wairimu Muriithi from Kenya emerged first run up, walking away with Rwf2 million.
Her project is to use drones to prevent poaching in African parks. The drones will be connected to a web platform that will serve to provide resource efficiency and analytics.
Ndeye Fatou Fall from Senegal emerged second run up, bagging Rwf1 million.
Her project is a web platform that manages and links all blood storages in hospitals in Senegal.
The platform is optimized to identify matching and closest blood donors in case of shortage of blood.
Miss Geek Africa is an entrepreneurship competition involving about 22 countries in Africa.
Girls and women aged between 13 and 25 submit apps that solve problems through technological innovations. Top three competitors receive cash prizes and business training.
Closing the summit, Lacina Koné, the Director General of Smart Africa, the entity that organizes the Transform Africa Summit, called on delegates to head to their respective countries with renewed sense of urgency to make efforts to spur digital economy.
It is critical to talk about the importance of digital economy, now is the time, he said.
The highlights of the summit included the launch of the Digital Blueprint Economy for Africa, launched by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, according to Kone.
A new member which is Sierra-Leone was added to Smart Africa while Ethiopia is close to joining, Kone, said.
The digital blueprint economy outlines five pillars for the development of a digital economy including digital infrastructure, presence and use of digital services and platforms, digital business, and digital skills and business.
The summit was attended by about 4,000 participants including policymakers, regulators, young innovators and officials from Africa and beyond to discuss taking advantage of information and communication technology to boost the continent’s economy.