Meet the 16 innovators shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
RAE launched the Africa prize for Engineering Innovation in 2014 to inspire and reward innovative engineers in sub-Saharan Africa who have developed local solutions to challenges in their communities.
The Africa prize is a six-month programme that includes funding, training, mentoring and RAE’s network of high profile experts.
According to RAE, four finalists among the selected engineers will pitch their ideas to judges in front of a live audience next year June. The winner will receive £25,000, and three runners up will be awarded £10,000 each.
Moses Musaazi, who is a judge for Africa Prize, said the key to unlock the creative solutions in Africa lies in turning engineers to entrepreneurs. He added: “The Africa Prize’s support gives engineers the confidence to approach funders, clients and investors, and the knowledge to improve their supply chain and business models.”
Below is the list of the candidates shortlisted for the prize:
- Alvin Kabwama (Uganda) developed UriSAF, Maternal and Sexual Reproductive Health Care Kit, which tests urine quickly, accurately and affordably
- Arthur Woniala(Uganda) developed Khainza Energy Gas, a cheap biogas made from manure and safe for household use
- Brian Gitta(Uganda) developed Matibabu, a low-cost reusable device that tests for malaria quickly and accurately without drawing blood
- Brian Mwiti Mwenda(Kenya) developed The Sixth Sense, a handheld echolocation device with ultrasonic sensors that alert visually impaired users to objects nearby
- Collins Tatenda Saguru(South Africa) developed an economical, environmentally sustainable process to recover and re-use precious metals from cars
- Daniel Taylor(Ghana) developed HWESOMAME, a low-cost smart sensor that accurately detects soil conditions and notifies farmers via text or phone call
- Emeka Nwachinemere(Nigeria) developed Kitovu, an online platform that helps farmers in remote locations to increase crop yields and sell their produce
- Esther Gacicio(Kenya) developed an interactive online solution that hosts courses for individuals or serves as a tool for training institutions
- Ifediora Emmanuel Ugochukwu(Nigeria) developed iMeter, which gives electricity consumers and power utilities control over electricity use
- Lawrence Okettayot(Uganda) with Sparky Dryer, a low-tech dehydrator that dries fruit and vegetables to extend their shelf life and reduce food wastage
- Michael Asante-Afrifa(Ghana) developed Science Set, a mini science lab with all the materials needed to do the science experiments in a school syllabus
- Monicah Mumbi Wambugu(Kenya) developed Loanbee, a mobile phone application that calculates the user’s credit scores and grants micro-loans
- Nges Njunglefrom Cameroon built Muzikol, an online music marketing and social media app designed to meet all the career needs of musicians
- Nnaemeka Chidiebere Ikegwuono(Nigeria) built ColdHubs, solar-powered walk-in cold rooms that extend the life of perishable food tenfold
- Peter Kariuki(Rwanda) developed SafeMotos, an app that connects commuters to the safest motorcycle drivers in Kigali, Rwanda
- Shalton Mphodisa Mothwa(South Africa) built AEON Power Bag, which allows users to charge their phones on the go by converting radio waves and solar energy into power.
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