Marist College Yangoji Wins 2019 SAGE Nigeria National Schools Entrepreneurship Exhibition

Marist College Yangoji has emerged the overall winner of the 2019 SAGE Nigeria National Schools Entrepreneurship Exhibition out of 17 other schools from over 10 states in Nigeria.

Marist College Yangoji also received awards such as “Most Outstanding Business Innovation” and “Best Technology- Based Business Project”.

The National Schools Entrepreneurship Exhibition organised by SAGE Nigeria and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) held on the 19th of June 2019 at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, Nigeria.

The win by Marist College Yangoji qualifies the school for the SAGE 2019 World Cup competition scheduled to hold in the United States of America in August 2019 – competing against countries like China, Canada, Ireland, Israel and others.

The school made presentations on their latest business venture, a Smart Air Quality Monitor called Marist Air Quality Monitor (MARIST-AQM), which is designed to effectively monitor air quality and detect polluted or bad air that is harmful to human existence.

The device utilizes various sensors and microprocessors and an Internet of Things (IoT) platform to detect elevated levels of harmful particles and chemicals quickly and relay that information to users via computers and smart phones in a format that is easy to interpret.

MARIST-AQM measures dust, carbon dioxide, various harmful chemicals, temperature, and humidity. It triggers a loud alarm and warning phone calls if air quality, humidity and temperature goes extremely above normal. The device senses the environment several times a minute and typically delivers a one minute average value to a connected analytics solution platform, creating an opportunity for them to offer air pollution monitoring and control services that deliver dynamic, local information to stakeholders utilizing BIG DATA analytics.

Leader of the project team, Romanus Eyene says Marist-AQM is set to inspire positive change in Nigeria and across Africa as it provides opportunity for healthier lives and economy and also provides much needed air quality data to various stakeholders.

SAGE – an acronym for Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship, is a nonprofit Transnational Social Movement Organization initiated at the California State University Chico, USA.

SAGE President in Nigeria, Agwu Amogu said SAGE Nigeria’s strategy is to prepare and empower Nigerian youths through a youth entrepreneurship and community service programme, while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of financial literacy, ethical business practices, civic engagement and environmental awareness.

It is interesting to note that Nigeria has won the competition at the world level 8 out of 11 times the country has competed.

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