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Nigerian Irish Teen Girls Win Prize for Dementia App


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Memory Haven app developers Rachael Akano, Margarent Akano, and Joy Njekwe

Rachael Akano, Margarent Akano, and Joy Njekwe's Memory Haven app won the Technovation competition.

Three Nigerian teenage girls in Ireland were awarded the top prize of the Technovation nonprofit's annual Technovation Girls international competition, for an application designed to help dementia patients. Patients and caregivers can use the Memory Haven app, whose features target issues suffered by those with dementia: memory loss and difficulty with recognition and speech. The app offers features targeting those issues, including photo albums, music, outreach, face and voice recognition, memory games, and reminders.

Users can self-rate their cognitive ability and enhance memory retention with the memory games feature, while the face and voice recognition component supports identification of friends and family.

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