Indian Girls’ Team’s E-Waste App Wins International Contest
Participation at the Technovation World Pitch Summit
Iridescent, a nonprofit organisation, made the announcement recently. Iridescent empowers underrepresented young people across the globe to become innovators and leaders. Apart from the Indian team, the Nigerian team too won top honours at the 2018 Technovation World Pitch Summit.
The summit is considered among the world’s largest tech entrepreneurship program for girls ages 10 to 18. The winners belong to senior and junior divisions.
Team Cantavits and app Eedo
Cantavits, the team from Delhi, won for its app Eedo. The team hopes to track and dispose of electronic waste in an eco-friendly manner through its app. The app provides an end-to-end connection between e-waste producers and authorised recyclers.
According to a study, 81 per cent of people dispose of their e-waste in an improper manner, not realizing its consequences. E-waste comes back to them in the form of toxic fumes and polluted water. “Our app and the seed money from the Technovation Challenge will help us combat this issue in India,” said Team Cantavits.
Challenge aims at creating app to address problems
The Technovation Challenge tasks girls aged 10 to 18, working in teams of one to five, with creating a mobile app addressing a problem in their own community. The 2018 World Pitch Summit is the final event following more than seven months of hard work, innovation and problem solving by more than 19,000 girls in 115 countries supported by over 5,000 mentors, the nonprofit said.
Finalists pitched for seed funding and scholarships. More than $50,000 was awarded across the teams. Tara Chklovski, CEO and founder of Iridescent, said: “It is inspiring seeing the hard work and determination of girls around the world working to solve big challenges in their communities with smart solutions.”
Chklovski believes that World Pitch is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the nearly 100 girls advancing to the finals. Also, the platform is a chance to celebrate the 20,000 that are making technology solutions for social good.
Well done, girls!
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