Impact Team comprising of Abiodun Okunade, Yetunde Akinbola and Comfort Tayo – all final year Computer Science and Engineering students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State, have won the maiden edition of the LAUTECH Innovation Challenge (LIC) held on the main campus of the school.
The 3-female Team won 1 million Naira seed investment fund, after they emerged the best team after competing with 29 others to win the prize.
The work of Team Impact is to reduce the learning difficulties faced by children with Down Syndrome. Before winning LAUTECH Innovation Challenge (LIC), the Team had made 50 animations for a child with Down Syndrome and discovered the innovation could be extended to others.
According to Abiodun Okunade, the Team leader:
“Presently, the prevalence of Down’s Syndrome in Nigeria is one per 865 live births. The genetic disorder keeps the cognitive skills of the victim at the barest minimum possible. We designed an innovative solution to help the children living with the medical condition.
The innovation won the first prize at LIC and this shows we are on the right track in our effort to help victims of Down Syndrome cope with learning.”
The first runner-up in the competition was Team SmartFi. People’s Choice Award was presented to Team Highlanders.