Junior Secondary School Students Develop App To Detect Fake Drugs In Nigeria, Get Global Recognition

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Junior Secondary School Students Develop App To Detect Fake Drugs In Nigeri, Get Global Recognition

Junior Secondary School Students from Anambra State by the name Save-A-Soul have won the the 2018 Technovation World Pitch. The Team beat USA, Spain, China and  Turkey to win with their app, FD Detector, which denotes fake drugs. They defeated 2,000 mobile app developers to represent Africa on the world stage.

BlackBox Nigeria gathered that this is the first time a Junior Nigerian team will emerge among the finalists to visit Silicon Valley and the Nigerian teenage girls will be pitching their app to investors in Silicon Valley, California.

Technovation is a program that invites girls to identify a problem in their communities and then challenge them to solve them by developing apps.

According to Team Save-A-Soul, Nigeria has one of the largest markets for fake drugs. The teenage girls from Anambra State plan to partner with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), using the app, to tackle this challenge.

The team, on Thursday night, came first at the finals after facing judges from around the world.

Celebrating the teens, Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo said they have done a great job. 

He wrote,”These young ladies in Junior Secondary School, developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.

Yesterday, they won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California.

Congratulations! We are very proud of you.

Well done to Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu, the founder of Edufun Technik STEM Center.

I understand that she and her company were responsible for mentoring the young ladies. Great job!”

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