19.9 C
Saturday, February 4, 2023

26-year-old African Lady wins £25000 UK Engineering prize, becomes first-ever woman to win the award

An exceptional 26-year-old Lady from Ivory Coast named Charlette N’Guessan has emerged as the first-ever woman to win the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, UK, and offers an award of £25,000 to Scientists and Engineers with outstanding innovations yearly.

Charlette N’Guessan and her team however won the 2020 award after designing a system called BACE API – a digital verification system that uses Artificial Intelligence and facial recognition to verify the identities of Africans remotely and in real-time.

Explaining how the system works, N’Guessan explained that the BACE API works by matching the live photo of a user to the image on their documents such as passports or ID card.

“For the person trying to submit their application, we ask them to switch on their camera to make sure the person behind the camera is real, and not a robot. We are able to capture the face of the person live and match their image with the one on the existing document the person submitted,” she explained.

Join any of these WhatsApp Groups to receive Scholarship alerts on WhatsApp

According to a statement by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Africa Prize judges and a live audience voted in favor Charlette N’Guessan’s innovation.

“We are very proud to have Charlette N’Guessan and her team win this award. It is essential to have technologies like facial recognition based on African communities, and we are confident their innovative technology will have far reaching benefits for the continent,” said Rebecca Enonchong, an entrepreneur from Cameroon and Africa Prize judge in the statement.

At Scholarship Region, we keep track of Scholarship opportunities around the world so as to inform you whenever they are available. We share a lot of opportunities in our WhatsApp group, join the group using THIS LINK to explore these opportunities.

Several scholarship opportunities are ongoing in the US, Canada and Europe. Here are some ongoing scholarships you should check out;


World Bank

APPLY: 2023 Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship for Developing Countries

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to citizens of certain developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’...
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Study-In-UK: 2023 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships For International Students

Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who...
Flemish Ministry of Education and Training awards scholarships

Study-In-Belgium: 2023 Government of Flanders Master Mind Scholarships for International Students

Government of Flanders Master Mind Scholarships for International Students for master’s programs in Flanders and Brussels is to outstanding students from around the world.The...
Step-by-Step Guide For NNPC/Shell Petroleum Scholarship Application 2021

APPLY: 2023 NNPC/SPDC Joint Venture University Scholarship For Young Nigerians

NNPC/SPDC Joint Venture University Scholarship is an initiative of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (Operator of the NNPC/SPDC /TEPNG/AGIP Joint Venture)...

Speaking with CNN, N’Guessan explained that the idea to develop BACE API came about while she was studying at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.

“We … talked to tech entrepreneurs. That’s when we noticed that there is a huge problem with cyber security with online services and businesses,” she explained.

“We decided to make our contribution as software engineers and data scientists by building a solution that can be useful for this market,” N’Guessan added.

Scholarship Reminder

Never miss a Scholarship Opportunity. Set a Reminder now to receive Alerts of Open Scholarships

Receive Scholarship Updates through our Social Media Channels: