Unveil the future generation who will change the world.

Under the High Patronage of the President of the French Republic.

In 2020 JFD launched the 1st edition of les Margaret Junior Awards, which are aimed at young European and African girls between the ages of 7 and 18, who innovate, and have the spirit of entrepreneurship… the future generation that will change the world.

Our ambition is to demystify tech studies and digital professions. Making innovation accessible to a greater number of people means bringing out a new generation of leaders.


You are a young girl aged between 7 and 18 years old.  

You are a citizen of a European or African country, your project respond to a major societal issue (health, environment, energy, mobility, education…)  with a technology and highlights your entrepreneurship spirit… 

or your votre creativity through computer programming, an app, a game or the use of a technology (artificial intelligence, 3D, big data, IoT…) in the development of a prototype.  


Finalists for les Margaret Junior Award will be pre-selected by JFD and presented on February 9, 2023 to a jury that will elect two winners in each category:


  • Junior  Europe
  • Junior Africa



Les Margaret Junior win...



JFD reached for the moon for les Margaret by giving them a moon fragment. A timeless gesture achieved in collaboration with designer Rose Mercier.

These lunar meteorites are more than 4 billion years old and take more than 100,000 years to arrive on Earth. Only 20 kilos are found each year, there is nothing rarer or more precious in the world.



Allyah and Malebina names will be added to the flight manifest of the Orion spacecraft, NASA’s ARTEMIS I mission.

In May, they will have a front row seat to a mission that is crucial to pave the way for a permanent human settlement on the moon and that will lead to the first woman’s step on the moon by 2025. ARTEMIS I will launch in a configuration that exactly replicates the conditions of unmanned flight and will orbit the moon for 25 days.

2023 Finalists · les Margaret Junior Awards

Two of the finalists will win les Margaret Awards and benefit from the JFD growth acceleration programme.

The winners of les Margaret Junior Awards will be revealed on 17 April in Paris at the award ceremony, under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic.


POINTEX project · 18 years old

A platform that turns students’ grades into points to buy cultural goods.

Pointex is a platform where teachers will be able to enter students’ grades, which will be converted into points for students to spend on activities: concerts, gaming, books, music, sport events, etc.

🇫🇷 France


SAVE THE EARTH project · 16 years old

An educational video game to raise ecological awareness among young people.

Save the Earth is a video game set in an apocalyptic world where the protagonist must complete tasks to “clean up” Earth on each level.

🇫🇷 France


Youngsess project · 15 years old

An application that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access quality educational resources.

Youngsess offers an alternative to expensive school resources, with an app for academic discussion, advice sharing, mentoring and sponsorship.

🇫🇷 France


17 years old

Reduce CO2 emissions and metal residues in the air.

Her project involves modifying the structure of aluminium smokestacks to reduce CO2 emissions and metal residues in the air.

🇪🇬 Egypt

Frederic Melissa

17 years old

Securing the real estate market in Africa and protecting its actors.

Her project is a platform linked to the Land Registry that allows people inside and outside the country to buy land or a house in complete security.

🇨🇲 Cameroon

Laurianne YAO

E-COL’LECTE project · 18 years old

Providing access to education for the most disadvantaged children.

E-COL’LECTE is a platform for the collect of textbooks and school uniforms dedicated to the poorest households.

🇨🇮 Ivory Coast

Les Margaret Junior 2022 - 2021


Enabling education everywhere

15, created MTutor, an e-learning platform designed to provide an adaptable, scalable, safe and secure learning tool.

🇿🇦 South Africa


A bubble of love and restore confidence to victims of school bullying

Allyah, 14 years old, is developing KidShare, a PWA, a progressive web application to fight against school bullying: reports, help and support for victims, testimonies from former victims, etc.

🇫🇷 France

Xaviera KOWO

Software engineering student Xaviera Kowo, 18, became the first winner of the Margaret Junior Awards 2021 in the Africa category. The young Cameroonian presented her waste processing robot. Capable of picking up debris as it passes by and transporting it to a defined area (garbage bins, waste disposal centre, recycling centre, etc.) in record time. As a teenager, she became interested in STEM, attended seminars and became fascinated by the success stories of women in tech. This allowed her to develop skills such as public speaking, even forgetting her shyness. Today, one of her deepest wishes is to inspire other young people, especially girls, to reach their potential.

🇨🇲 Cameroon


First Margaret Junior, Louise was 11 years old when she received the award for Together, her project for a mobile application to improve medical monitoring for children and people with disabilities. Her solution facilitates medical communication between the doctor and the legal guardian(s) by allowing all those involved with the patient to exchange and consult medical data at the click of a button.Louise lives her life and her passions as she sees fit, without being influenced by stereotypes. She lives her life and her passions as she sees fit, without being influenced by stereotypes, between training at the football club, school, reading literary series, her coding lessons and creating games on Scratch. When asked what she would like to do in the future, the young girl replies that she would like to be a professional footballer or a video game designer, but that whatever her choice, she will always be interested in the digital world.

🇫🇷 France

Rose TUO

Rose Goyéli Tuo, 15, X-Market, an application for monitoring urbanization, allowing management of the often anarchic implantation of roadside stores. It thus reduces accidents, neighborhood quarrels, and altercations between vendors and public authorities (seizures, destruction of goods, etc.).

🇨🇮 Ivory Coast


Manon Van Hoorebeke, 17, Programmer, who is working on a community application giving access to information on STEM to young girls: workshops, masterclasses, development of collaborative projects, etc

🇧🇪 Belgium

Les Margaret Junior Awards are the continuation of the les Margaret Awards which, since 2014, reward European and African women entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, who innovate for a better world. The award is named after Margaret Hamilton, Director of the Software Engineering Division that developed the embedded software for the Apollo space program. It is thanks to her contribution that Man walked on the Moon.