Miss Geek Africa 2017 is… Ruth Waiganjo

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By Godfrey Ntagungira

Rwanda’s First lady Jeanette Kagame presenting Rwf3million award to Ruth Waiganjo – a Kenyan girl from University of Nairobi who emerged as the best among 8 finalists at the maiden 2017 Miss Geek Africa.

A huge congratulations to Ruth Waiganjo – a Kenyan girl from University of Nairobi who emerged as the best among 8 finalists at the maiden 2017 Miss Geek Africa event.

Waiganjo invented a Safer Driver App which gives actual time and data on causes of an accident.

She was also given a free tour travel to ITU world in South Korea. Rwandan girls managed to maintain their position, retaining the first and second runner-up places.

Leah Akimana and Delphine Micomyiza were rewarded with Rwf2m and Rwf1 million respectively.

The two were also given a free travel ticket to ITU offices in Guinea Bissau while the first three winners of Miss Geek 2017 were given laptops, modems and smartphones.

Ms. Geek is a competition designed 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.

Waiganjo presenting her project.

In her closing remarks, the First Lady of Rwanda told the summit: “Let us ensure that no one is left behind in the 4th industrial revolution we all should be a part of. Let us stay the course for better ICT inclusion at all levels of our society.”

Since 2014, finalists have presented their ideas before a high level panel of judges. Last years’ finalists presented their ideas in the presence of The First Lady of Rwanda, Jeanette Kagame.

This year, Girls in ICT Rwanda is proud to partner with Smart Africa to expand the competition to all its member states to crown the first ever Ms. Geek Africa. The Transform Africa Summit provides an opportunity for the girls to compete and collaborate with peers as well as participate in dialogues that influence Africa’s digital transformation.

Meanwhile, at the closing ceremony of this year’s Tranform Africa Summit, Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Executive Director of Smart Africa Alliance said over $55 Million contracts were signed between different countries and companies.

Later in the day, delegates attending the Summit will meet for ‘Kigali Night Run.”

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