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Our Ambassador of the week is Nickson Nyakambi, a medical student and tech supporter from Kenya. Nickson believes that technology has the power to relieve some of the pertinent issues in health systems of developing nations. Previously, he has created iPhone apps catering to people in Burundi suffering from diabetes and children from Pakistan in need of Polio vaccinations. He also created mHealth Solutions Center, a startup company that focuses on problems facing the African healthcare system.
Nickson is currently in the process of developing an app that will permit women in developing countries to not only detect and prevent cervical cancer, but to also receive proper care and avoid complications. If released, Nickson’s app will prevent numerous deaths caused by cervical cancer, which is easily preventable and curable. He is hoping to make the app available to at least 10 million people living in rural parts of Kenya.
Nickson has been selected as a semifinalist for the GIST Tech-I Competition, an annual science and technology competition for creative thinkers to enact positive change within their respective communities through various prizes. Nickson is one out of 102 applicants to advance to the online semifinals stage. From now until May 1st, people will vote on their favorite proposals by semifinalists. Thirty finalists will move on and showcase their projects at the end of June in Silicone Valley, California, in addition to obtaining mentorship training and competing for various capital awards.
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