These young app developers from all around the world have found quick-fixes to their local problems. This will enable girls in Albania to access an application that helps them find all resources- medical, local, and psychological, and access to a hotline in case of an emergency. GjejZâ also has features that clear myths regarding victimization, offers stress-relieving solutions, and shares stories that inspire. These are some major apps made by girls which are great.
An App Against Women Abuse
This is one of the efficient safety apps made by girls. It is an effective app in a country where half the women suffer from abuse which generally goes unreported. The young app developers spotted the problems as they were locals. The D3c0ders, the group comprising 3 high-schools girls were the recent winners of the senior-most division of a program that invites them to fix a local community problem over 12 weeks- the 10 annual Technovation Challenge.
The teams that present the best execution of original ideas are invited to Silicon Valley. They present their ideas to an exclusive panel of judges.
Around 7,200 girls took part in over 57 countries. The seniors won $15,000/-. This competition is open to girls from 10 to 18. The total prize money across 3 divisions was $50,000/-.
This challenge is into its tenth year. This non-profit strives to empower female youngsters in underprivileged communities. Groups like Google and Uber are part of the funding.
Other than coding, the young app developers also learned about the full scope of an entrepreneur’s journey in creating an app from coding to product development, decision making, innovation systems, thinking and collaboration, says Tara Chklovski, the founder and CEO of Technovation.
Employees belonging to different technological companies can choose to act as mentors of the teams. Her message for both education organizations and funders was that complex social issues cannot be fixed overnight. Coding is a small part of the solution. It is also about complex problem solving, decision-making, working as a team, and systems thinking. All of these are skills that the workforce of the future should acquire as enumerated by the World Economic Forum.
The app was appraised on several parameters including the extent of the problem, technical sophistication, and scale of impact. It was also noted if the issue had been addressed and whether the team had been able to execute.
The junior division was won by Social Relay from India. These girls from an orphanage made an app named Baton that addresses local work management. It allows non-profits to track and manage their work in the community. Organizations are in a position to describe what type of funding they need and available volunteers. Companies and universities can coordinate with these non-profits to do volunteer work.
The social workers are better able to provide progress reports and nothing gets overlooked. This app helps when many NGO’s are part of the same community and lack coordination. Social workers can also update on their availability.
The People’s Choice entry was won by a young app developers team from Nigeria, The Brain Squad whose app is named Hands Out by which donors were better able to improve in-country donation. Donors can contribute money needed for children’s education- school fees, books, and even food.
The advantage these home-grown apps made by girls have is that they can help focus on a particular community. They have been devised by young app developers of a particular community and they are the best judge of the problems that their community faces.
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