Five Kenyan girls selected for 2017 Google Technovation Event from August 7 -11 in San Francisco, California.
Five young girls from Kenya; Stacy Owino, Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Macrine Atieno and Ivy Akinyi are the only Africans selected to participate in the 2017 Google Technovation Event from August 7 – 11, 2o17 in San Francisco, California.
The young girls, aged between 15 and 17 years old developed I-cut, an application that aims to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
I-cut presents a total assistance mechanism to girls at risk of FGM. It also connects victims to rescue centres and gives legal and medical help to those who have been cut.
The app has five buttons – Help, Rescue, Report, Information on FGM, Donate and Feedback – offering users different services.
One in four Kenyan women and girls have undergone FGM, which involves the partial or total removal of the external genitalia, even though it is illegal in the East African nation.
Technovation is an international technology entrepreneurship program that encourages girls and young women to learn computer coding and consider careers in high-tech fields. Every year they invite girls to identify a problem in their community and then challenge them to solve it.
5,000 girls from 28 countries have participated in this event since 2010. These girls work in teams to build both a mobile app and a business plan to launch that app, supported by mentors and guided by our curriculum.
Technovation’s curriculum takes students through four stages of launching a mobile app startup, inspired by the principles of design thinking:
- Ideation: Identify a problem in the community
- Technology: Develop a mobile app solution
- Entrepreneurship: Build a business plan to launch the app
- Pitch: Bring the business to market
In 2016, five students were selected from Precious Blood Riruta High School in Nairobi, Kenya to demo their M-Safiri Bus Booking App.