This is really outstanding! Five Kenyan schoolgirls have come up with an App called I-cut, that could help put an end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and they will be travelling to Google headquarters in California, USA to present it in a competition, hoping to win prize money of $15,000. They are the only Africans selected for the event.
The five teenagers aged 15 to 17, are the only Africans selected to take part in this year’s International Technovation competition, where girls develop mobile apps to end problems in their communities.
I-cut connects girls at risk of FGM with rescue centres and gives legal and medical help to those who have been cut.
Its simple interface has five buttons – help, rescue, report, information on FGM, donate and feedback – offering users different services.
Kenya is one of the most technologically advanced countries in Africa, known for its pioneering mobile money transfer apps.
Technovation, which is sponsored by Google, Verizon and the United Nations, aims to teach girls the skills they need to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders.
For more on this, see: howkenya.com