A 10-Year-Old Ethiopian Soliyana Gizaw has emerged winner of the 2020 African Code Challenge.
While disclosing this in a press release, the organizers stated that Soliyana’s submission called “Mathstainement” won the Pan-African prize leading participants from 54 countries.
“After a rigorous round of judging for this year’s AfriCAN Code Challenge, SAP Africa Code Week’s top 10 winners were announced and special highlights include the top 3 being all-female, aged 10 – 16 years, with Soliyana, 10 years old from Ethiopia as the Pan-African winner of the competition,” the press release stated.
Africa Code Week’s Global Coordinator, Olajide Ademola Ajayi said, “Despite the COVID disruption for schools which impacted hundreds of millions of youth across Africa, children from more than 54 countries stepped-up to share their vision of the future of education.”
The announcement noted that “the AfriCAN Code Challenge is a pan-African coding competition where youth aged 8 – 16 were tasked with coding a game, using the Scratch programming language to answer the question: “How will your tech change the future of education?”
In her video presentation, Soliyana explains that her app “is not only a game,” but also “creates awareness about COVID-19.”
AfriCAN Code is a newly launched continent-wide tech competition, where young people were invited to create an educational computer game.