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1,500 girls develop 362 APP

About 1,500 girls from around the globe developed 362
mobile apps in 2014, making Technovation the largest global
technology entrepreneurship programme for girls, it was
learnt on Monday.
Technovation is a mobile software development competition
specifically meant for the girl-child, and is currently open for
registration. The mission of Technovation is to empower
young women to use technology to make the world a better
To further encourage the girl-child into adopting the use of
technology, Technovation representative in Nigeria, Mrs.
Martha Alade, said the Technovation 2015 challenge was
now open to secondary school girls between the ages of 10
and 18 who would work in teams of five to develop mobile
apps, conduct market research, write business plans and
create a pitch for funding.
“Each team is expected to work with a classroom teacher in
their school and a female mentor/role model from a
technology industry. Teams will compete in one of two
divisions: middle school or high school,” Alade said.
She said the age of the oldest girl on the team would
determine the team’s division, noting that top-ranked teams
from each division would qualify to travel to San Francisco
for the World Pitch.
“Technovation makes travel scholarships available to the
finalist teams who cannot cover the travel costs on their
own. At World Pitch, one winner from the middle school
category will be selected to win $10,000, and one winner
from the high school category will win $10,000,” the
Technovation representative in Nigeria said.
Alade added that Technovation’s mission was to motivate
and educate girls and women to solve real-world problems
through technology, inspiring girls to see themselves not just
as users of technology, but as inventors, designers, builders,
and entrepreneurs in the industry.
The ambassador for Technovation, California, Ms. Anar
Simpson, who spoke through a teleconferencing platform,
said that Nigeria had been successful in Technovation in the
past two years.
Simpson said that for Nigerian young girls to continue on the
success pace, they should remain focused and be confident.
She added that the young girls should be able to identify
problems and create the right apps to solve them.
“Technovation is a technology entrepreneurship programme
and competition for young women. Through its intensive
three-month, 50-hour curriculum, teams of young women
work together to imagine, design, and develop mobile apps,
then pitch their ‘’startup’’ businesses to judges,” Simpson
Technovation officially runs as a three-month programme
beginning in January and ending on the submission deadline
of April 23, 2015.
According to a statement it made available to our
correspondent, the girls are taught life skills such as how to
identify a problem, design and test a solution, collaborate
with a team, and communicate to different audiences.
“It reinforces the following academic concepts: digital
representation of information, algorithmic thinking and
programming, and the societal impact of information and
Information Technology.
“Over this period, girls will be trained two hours a week to
develop a potential solution to a problem and programme a
mobile phone application to solve it. The app must solve a
problem in their local community,” the statement read.
“They will learn how to study the market, analyse
competitors, identify ways in which they can gather user
feedback and earn revenue. A teacher will guide each team
from their school and a female mentor from the high-tech
industry to support and act as a role model for her team,” it


how to format an andriod phone with your pc

Android phones include a recovery partition with options for wiping data and restoring factory settings, but booting the recovery image from your Android isn’t always the most efficient method. Google provides the Android Debug Bridge command-line utility for accessing your device and executing commands without touching your phone. The ADB commands for performing a factory reset on your phone are for advanced users and not available on the Android Developers website. Instead, Google published these shell commands in the source-code comments of the recovery image.

Step 1
Visit the Android Developers site to download the Android System Development Kit (see Resources). Right-click the ZIP archive and choose “Extract All.” Click “Browse” and choose your “C:\Program Files” directory.

Step 2
Click the folder you extracted and press “F2” to rename it. Give the folder a simple, descriptive name, such as “AndroidADT.”

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Step 3
Right-click “Computer” in your file browser and choose “Properties.” Click “Advanced System Settings” and, in the System Properties window, click “Environment Variables.”

Step 4
Click “Path” and “Edit” in the System Variables window. When the Edit System Variable window opens, your path variable is selected, so press “End” to move the cursor to the end of the selection. If you type while the path is selected, you’ll erase your path variable.

Step 5
Type “;C:\Program Files\AndroidADT\sdk\platform-tools\” (without quotes here and throughout) and ensure that you include the semicolon at the beginning of the path. Click “OK” to save your changes.

Step 6
Point your cursor to the upper-right corner of the screen and click “Search.” Type “cmd” in the Search box and click the program icon in the search results to launch the Command Prompt window.

Step 7
Turn on your Android phone and connect it to a USB port on your computer. Type “adb shell” and press “Enter.” When ADB connects to your device, type “–wipe_data” and press “Enter.” Your phone restarts in recovery mode and restores Android to factory settings.