Hackivia SAGE Team and Coded SAGE Team from Nigeria have won gold medals at the 2019 Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) World Cup held at the University of Berkeley California in the USA on August 8–12, 2019.
Hackivia SAGE Team represent Martis College Yangoji in Abuja and the Coded SAGE Team from the Hillside School Gwarimpa also located in Abuja.
Hackivia SAGE Team presented their innovative project, a Smart Air Quality Monitor called Marist-AQM, before the judges.
Utilizing various sensors, microprocessors and an IoT platform, the device detects elevated levels of harmful particles and chemicals quickly and relay that information to users by triggering a loud alarm and warning phone calls.
According to one of the students of Hackivia SAGE Team, Nakanga Elisha:
“By this project, we have been trained to develop world-changing projects for quality life. We intend to provide solution to air pollution in the world.”
Duribe Ikedinachi, a team member of Nakanga Elisha also stated:
“Everyone should be aware of the bad air quality we have in our hands, across the world.
By this project, we hope to create our own businesses and become true entrepreneurs. We intend to sell this product to the world because air pollution is a global problem.”
After competing against teams from countries like China, Canada, Ireland and Israel, Hackivia SAGE Team won the gold medal for Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being).
Commenting on the win, Romanus Ayeh, coordinator of the team said:
“My team and I had the opportunity to showcase our project and defend our country. We did great and won a Gold medal for our project and we are all happy. The experience is worth reliving and I am glad to have partaken in it.”
The second group of Nigerian students, Coded SAGE Team also won a gold medal for their project, the Smart Irrigation system (IrrigateX) for Sustainable Development Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation).