Ms. Geek Ghana Competition

Background

In 2019, the Ministry of Communications adopted the Ms. Geek Africa concept and organized the first Ms. Geek Ghana Competition where eligible young ladies submitted concepts aimed at solving everyday community problems through technological innovations in the Ghanaian society.

The overall winner of Ms. Geek Ghana 2019, Ms. Selasi Ama Domi-Kuwornu developed an Electronic Pilfering in Mobile Money (aka Kasa-Cash System) concept, an innovative solution which seeks to protect vulnerable Ghanaians especially unsuspecting illiterates and the elderly who have poor sight, from being duped or defrauded by criminal who hide under the guise of assisting these vulnerable Ghanaians to process mobile money transactions. Ms. Domi-Kuwornu was sponsored to develop the prototype of her concept with the Accra Digital Center (ADC) in preparation for her participation in the Ms. Geek Africa 2020 competition which had been scheduled to be held in April in Guinea, Conakry, however, the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic has called for the postponement of the competition until an appropriate time.

Ms. Geek Ghana 2020 Applications

Applications for the 2nd edition (2020) of Ms. Geek Ghana should be submitted from now to Friday 12th June, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. The competition is open to ONLY Ghanaian young ladies between the ages of 13 and 21 years in line with the Regional competition policy. The best 10 solutions/concepts will be selected to participate in the finals. The 10 finalists will go through a weeklong training, followed by two rounds of presentation where the top 3 will be chosen and Ms. Geek Ghana 2020 crowned in an event. The dates for the final events will be provided in due course.

ABOUT MS GEEK AFRICA COMPETITION

Miss Geek Africa is an entrepreneurship competition that originated as Miss Geek Rwanda in 2014 but was renamed Miss Geek Africa in 2017 and has expanded to 22 countries in Africa. Girls and women between the ages of 13 and 21 years submit apps that solve problems through technological innovations.

Top 10 finalists undergo a weeklong intensive training program to equip them with presentation, public speaking and critical thinking skills to prepare them for competition day. The winner is selected by a panel of judges and her prizes includes a cash prize, IT devices, a trip to an international technology conference, amongst others. All expenses are covered for all selected finalists. The two runner-up competitors also receive cash prizes and business training.

The experience provides all finalists the opportunity to compete and collaborate among peers as well as participate in the Transform Africa Summit (TAS) where they interact with industry leaders and their governments.

The competition is aimed at inspiring more girls into taking up Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and careers to meaningfully contribute to solving the continent’s challenges using technology.

The winner of the Miss Geek Africa 2019 competition designed a mobile platform that can enable expectant mothers to monitor their health during pregnancy. The platform is connected to a smart bracelet, which checks the woman’s vital signs and sends them to an emergency service provider in real time.