The finalists with First Lady Jeannette Kagame. Rosine is third from the right. Photo courtesy of the New Times
A huge congratulations to Rosine Mwiseneza and Alphonse Habyarimana, whose automatic irrigation project won Rosine the title of Ms Geek 2016 last night!
Ms Geek is a competition run by Girls in ICT, an organization that promotes female involvement in STEM fields, and their partner the Imbuto Foundation, an organization founded by the first lady to engage, educate, and empower kids.
Rosine was selected as one of five finalists from 130 applicants in early April. The five finalists went through a mentorship program where they continued to develop their ideas and created 5-minute pitches for the final competition. A panel of judges listed to each pitch, asked 2 questions, and then rated the project on innovation, usefulness, and feasibility. Other projects included a mobile application that connects people with available jobs and a mobile application that alerts nurses when a patient’s IV drip is almost empty. Rosine’s project took the grand prize of 2 million RWF (~$3000), a Positivo laptop, a smarphone, and a tablet.
Alphonse and Rosine are excited to continue working on their project with all of their new financial and human resources!
A huge congratulations to the past and present lab staff–Athanase, Sylvain, Julienne, Alphonse, Rosine, Daniel, Alice, Albine–your work makes an impact in people’s lives every day, but having some external motivation every once in a while is a good reminder of that 🙂 Keep up the great work, team!
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