Lisa grew up on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with her grandparents. In 2016, her grandfather invested in many lands to begin producing watermelons, only to have the harvest fail. She decided to investigate whether technology could help farmers like her grandfather increase productivity. She quickly devised a solution after joining our programs in 2016. She created an online platform where farmers can get free advice from experts. She is also developing a device that farmers can use to determine the pH of their soil. Her vision is to use technology to impact her society in a variety of ways positively.


In 2019, Lisa got a scholarship to attend African Leadership Academy in South Africa for her high school studies. At ALA, Lisa studied A-level mathematics, physics, and computer science. She also took intensive courses in African studies, writing and rhetoric, and business leadership. She worked as a co-founder, Chief Product Officer, and developer at Element Technology, a student-run software development and digital marketing company. Last month, she graduated from ALA, and she plans to attend the University of Rochester for her bachelor’s degree and hopes to expand her knowledge of electronics and robotics. She hopes to conduct research on artificial intelligence and machine learning and eventually integrate modern technology into agriculture.


Since she was young,  Julieth Sewava developed an overwhelming enthusiasm for STEM, particularly science. She started to engage in STEM in secondary school, where she found science subjects more fascinating. She was introduced to the world of technology when she joined Apps and Girls in 2017 during our annual summit – Girls Entrepreneurship Summit. With the mentorship and incubation provided at Apps and Girls, she was able to develop ePharma. This mobile app can be used to fight against fake/expired medication by enabling users to scan barcodes available on labels of drugs to verify their validity before consumption.

In 2018 and 2019, she was a part of Tanzania’s robotics team that participated in the First Global Robotics Challenge in Mexico and Dubai. She had a profound experience with her team on designing and automating a robot. Julieth also attained a seat in the Executive Committee at Ifakara Innovation Hub(IHI), and she is the youngest member of the committee.

Julieth just completed her A-level education at Tambaza High School, where she studied Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. She is currently working on the ePharma prototype and hoping it will be a banger! She is looking forward to majoring in Information Technology courses as she assimilates and scrutinizes Machine Learning Database (MLDB) in relevance to her vision for ePharma to help patients use the best medicines and pharmaceuticals.

Congratulations Julieth Sewava on completing your high school studies and best wishes on your future endeavors.

Oliver's team won the first place at the #GES2018, Apps and Girls Annual Summit
Oliver with two other students at the Apps and Girls Hub with the finished Vending Machine.


Oliver’s team working their vending machine prototype

We are extremely proud of our student and mentee Oliver Godliving for being one of the 100 global winners of the Rise for the World Program.

Oliver God Living is a co-founder of Heimo Female, a project with a vision to end period poverty and period stigma by providing education about menstrual hygiene and affordable and high quality period products in academic institutions via their pad vending machines.

Rise is a program that finds brilliant people who need opportunity and supports them for life as they work to serve others. The program starts at age 15-17 and offers a lifetime of benefits including scholarships, mentorship, access to career development opportunities, funding, and more as Global winners work toward solving humanity’s most pressing problems. An initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, Rise is the anchor program of a $1 billion commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt to find and support global talent.

Special shoutout to her mentor Modesta Joseph for guiding her through this journey!