Some Nigeria-Irish teens have done something amazing; these teens designed an effective app for people suffering from Dementia. The teenagers who are Racheal Akano, Joy Njekwe, and Magrate Akano have got brilliant minds.
For a while, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) have been considered boys’ clubs, however, these Nigeria-Irish teens made a difference after getting the first prize in the Technovation Girls Competition. It appears that persistent gender barriers will continue to crumble as girls begin to partake more in what has been labeled for boys.
These teens reside in Drogheda on Ireland’s east coast. Evelyn Nomayo who has been their mentor is pursuing her Ph.D. in computer science and statistics. Nomayo had realized that she was always the only female or black in her classes and had felt bad about this imbalance. So, this inspired her to bring people of color and more girls into that space.
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Nomayo then founded Phase Innovate, an innovative aimed at mentoring and training minorities that are underrepresented in the tech and business world. The Dementia’s app development was inspired by Nomayo’s experience with the disease. Her mother had battled with Dementia. These three Nigeria-Irish designed the Memory Haven within the 12 weeks granted for the Technovation challenge.
My mom started having dementia problems three to four years ago. The first time I realized something was wrong was when she started hallucinating.
She lived in America, but she’d be imagining that she was in Nigeria. One time [when I was visiting her] I gave her something to sew, and I could see the pain in her eyes because she forgot how to.Nomayo
The app, Memory Haven is specifically designed to address the three commonest difficulties associated with dementia which are memory loss, diminished capacity for recognition, and speech impairment. The app comes with a music playlist, a built-in vocal and facial recognition that designs tunes to the specific moods of the user. It also features a reach out function to call for help in emergency situations.