Finalists for Miss Geek Africa Named

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By Daniel Sabiiti

The 2017 Ms geek finalists.

Rwandans girls have again dominated the final selection of the first Miss Geek Africa contest, at the ongoing 2017 Transform Africa Summit (TAS) in Kigali.

Four Rwandan ladies today come among the best five selected for the Ms. Geek Africa grand finale set for tomorrow May 10, 2017 at the TAS summit.

Early this April six young Rwandans women were nominated among top ten African girls with innovations among the best 120 contestant in Africa at this year’s pre-selections.

With their ICT based ideas to transform African cities into smart cities, the finalists for the Ms. Geek Africa award 2017 will be awarded with ….

The top best five by ranking included- Daniella G. Uwase from Riviera high school – Rwanda, Delphine Micomyiza from Groupe scholaire notre dame de lourdes – Rwanda, Leah Akimana from university of Rwanda, college of science and technology – Rwanda, Ruth Waiganjo from university of Nairobi – Kenya and Chrystal Omany from Green hills academy – Rwanda.

Daniella Uwase emerged the best on the above list after convincing a penal of six judges that it is possible to cut costs of accessing medication with the ‘MedApp’- which a user can access a cocktail of medication and prescription without moving.

“On average a person used Rwf850 to go to and from a pharmacy just to get medication.

Judges questioned Uwase on feasibility, applicability of her business idea, especially working with health insurance companies, and that Rwanda is using drones to deliver medication.

With high internet penetration and increased access to smart phones, Uwase said that if she gets funding for her project, no Rwandan will have to delay to get medication or pay an extra cost.

Over 8 million Rwandans own mobile phones as of March last year, according to Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA).

But high cost of smartphones continue to deter Rwanda’s progress in internet connectivity and the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4I) report recommended the reduction of the cost of mobile phones and ICT devices will enable Rwanda to become a regional ICT hub.

Uwase’s pitch managed to eliminate other contestants who had business startup ideas at incubation level. Some of the ideas were on safety and women empowerment, livestock farming, transport, and digital business among others.

The panel of judges will select three finalist out of the five selected today. The finalist will receive Rwf 3million for the overall winner, Rwf2million for the runner-up and Rwf1million.

The awards will be presented at the closing ceremony of TAS2017 on May 12, 2017.





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