LAUTECH All-Girls Team – Team Impact, a group of three female final-year Computer Science and Engineering undergraduates at Ladoke Akintola Akintola University of Technology, won ₦1 million seed investment fund in the maiden edition of the LAUTECH Innovation Challenge (LIC) held at the university’s main campus in Ogbomoso.
Team Impact competed against thirty teams to win the investment fund.
The girls-only team led by Abiodun Okunade set out to reduce the learning difficulties faced by children with Down’s Syndrome — a genetic disorder that causes intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities.
Before the LIC, Abiodun said she had made fifty animations for a child and discovered she could extend her reach.
The first runner-up of the competition was Team SmartFi, a fintech solution team, while the People’s Choice Award category went to Team Highlanders, a logistics solution team.
Among the judges were Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Education, Dr Bisi Akin-Alabi, Chief Abdulrasheed Ayinla, a businessman, Mr Icon Akorede (CVO, LightHouse Group), Dr. A. S. Oyadeyi (Physiology Dept, LAUTECH) and Mr. Adeyemi Aderinto (CEO, SQI).
LAUTECH Innovation Challenge, a brain-child of Ennovate Lab, Ogbomoso, is a competition that tasks students of LAUTECH to generate the best possible social entrepreneurial ideas.