Elizabeth Nyamwange, a 16-year-old from Byron, Ill., is the winner of HP's Girls Save the World program, which aims to empower female environmentalists and social entrepreneurs around the world, reports NBC News.
As part of the MIT SolvED Youth Innovation Challenge last October, girls ages 13 to 18 around the world were invited to submit ideas for solving an environmental or community challenge using technology, and more than 800 applications were received from 148 countries.
Ten finalists were chosen to attend the first-ever Girls Save the World virtual camp this week, where they worked on their pitches and received mentoring from experts from HP and program partners.
Elizabeth won $10,000 for her project, which is a low-cost way for girls in developing countries to protect forest conservation.
Her device, which she created with the help of an ENVY subscription, creates biometric digital proof of identity without access to the internet or a public server, and is secure without access to the internet or electricity.
"I was never sure all the girls would create an idea, something I was never sure all of you would create, something I cannot wait to see all they all change the world," Elizabeth says. "To garner the best solutions to global issues, we must empower girls." Read the Entire Article
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