First Lady Jeannette Kagame (L) presents Miss Geek Africa 2017 Waiganjo with a dummy cheque yesterday. Timothy Kisambira.
First Lady Jeannette Kagame (L) presents Miss Geek Africa 2017 Waiganjo with a dummy cheque yesterday. Timothy Kisambira.

Young Kenyan student Ruth Njeri Waiganjo has won the prize for the first Miss Geek Africa after beating other four contestants at the finale in the Rwandan Capital Kigali during the third Transform Africa Summit 2017.

First Lady Jeannette Kagame (L) presents Miss Geek Africa 2017 Waiganjo with a dummy cheque yesterday. Timothy Kisambira.
First Lady Jeannette Kagame (L) presents Miss Geek Africa 2017 Waiganjo with a dummy cheque yesterday. Timothy Kisambira.
Ms. Geek is a competition designed to inspire African females to be part of solving the continent’s challenges using technology and to encourage them to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Since 2014, the competition has rewarded best young female innovators of ICT solutions in Rwanda and this year, the organizer Girls in ICT has partnered with Smart Africa to expand the competition to all its 17 member states to crown the first-ever Ms. Geek Africa.

Waiganjo, from University of Nairobi in Kenya, has come out with an innovative solution to respond to transport problems like frequent accidents.

Her technology application collects data through a mobile app and sensors, analyses it and the output is the profile of the driver. The system is able to know the behavior of drivers.

“I am so excited about the outcome of this competition. Emerging as someone who has the best innovative technology idea among the best brains I was competing with is quite encouraging and it has really motivated me to be more creative and innovative,” she said.

First runner-up Leah Akimana, from University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology, developed a digital mobile application called “Bus System Simulator” aimed at improving means of public transportation in Rwanda. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh