Nigerian team of six ladies win Google competition

The Nigerian women who participated in the just concluded 2015 TechWomen programme are Desiree Craig, Olasimbo Sojinrin, Omolara Aladesanmi, Abiola Ilupeju, Abiola Amos and Mercy Sosanya.

TechWomen team Nigeria

Six Nigerian women have made the country proud again by winning the TechWomen 2015 Action Plan Pitch competition held at the Google Headquarters, Mountain View, California. The competition which involved teams from twenty (20) other countries from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East was part of a 5-week TechWomen exchange program organized by the United States Department of State.

The "Action Plan" is an activity recently introduced to the programme to give the participants opportunity to collaborate on a joint project to give back to their community when they return to their respective home countries. Six winning teams were selected from twenty groups and awarded a seed grant of $2,500 each to execute the project. The Nigerian team took the first position with their Action Plan called “STEM in a box”. While presenting the award to the team on the 27th of October 2015, Toro Orero, Managing Partner, DraperDarkFlow said “The Nigerian team not only won at the panel, but also won the audience votes.”

The Nigerian women who participated in the just concluded 2015 TechWomen programme are Desiree Craig, Olasimbo Sojinrin, Omolara Aladesanmi, Abiola Ilupeju, Abiola Amos and Mercy Sosanya.

TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Launched in 2011, the programme brings emerging women leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program. TechWomen provides participants access to networks, resources, and knowledge which empowers the women to reach their full potential and become role models for women and girls in their communities.

During the five-week programme, participants engaged in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley where they participated in professional development workshops and networking events. At the end of the four-week professional mentorship, the women traveled to Washington D.C. for targeted meetings and special events to conclude the programme.

"STEM in a Box" is a portable handy box customized to complement the delivery of science lessons in middle schools in Nigeria (JSS 1 to JSS 3). The box contains hands-on resources and tools to teach Basic Science and Technology. The primary target is schools in rural areas - to inspire interest and increase the enrollment of students into science classes in senior secondary school.

The Nigerian TechWomen will partner with schools, non-profit organizations and government entities to get the box to as many schools as possible.

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