- A lady from Ivory Coast, Charlette N'Guessan has won the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, making her the first female winner
- Charlette's BACE API which wants to solve the problem of identity theft in Africa raked in the £25,000 (N12,685,825.62) prize money
- With the power of AI, the technology matches a person's real-time face with the image on their document to know if they are who they say they are
Charlette N’Guessan has become the first woman ever to win the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
CNN reports that her winning could change the entire face of cybersecurity and help reduce the scourge of identity theft in Africa.
The 26-year-old and her team won the £25,000 (N12,685,825.62) prize for their entry called BACE API which verifies identities through the use of AI and face recognition.
According to Charlette, the technology makes use of a person’s real live photo and verifies against whatever passport is on their document.
When the technology is used on a site, a person’s identity will be verified through their webcam to ascertain who they really are.
The award ceremony for the prize was carried out online. Rebecca Enonchong, a Cameroonian entrepreneur, said that it is really a happy thing that she won.
It should be noted that Charlette is the CEO and co-founder of BACE Group. She said that the idea for the technology came to her while at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Accra.
She noted that identity fraud is a big issue for financial institutions in West Africa that spend a lot to deal with it every year.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Moyinoluwa Adeyemi, a Nigerian software developer, achieved a milestone by building a special android watch that tells time in Yoruba Language.
She got a degree in computer science from Obafemi Awolowo University and now a software engineer at Swifta Systems.
The idea to create the watch came on a Friday evening when she looked at the clock and thought about the possibility of it telling time in Yoruba.
Before she came up with the idea, Moyinoluwa had to do extensive research before birthing one of the Yoruba Watch Faces models.
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