Nigerian Undergraduates are Invited to Pitch Their Innovation at the Professor Ayodele Awojobi Design Competition

The second edition of the Professor Ayodele Awojobi Design Competition (PAADC) kicks into full swing with the announcement of May 19, 2018 set as the date for the grand finale.

PAADC, organised by the University of Lagos Engineering Society (ULES), is a national design competition, which encourages Nigerian undergraduates to solve Nigeria’s problems using science and technology.

The competition is aimed primarily at sparking ingenuity in the minds of undergraduate students by challenging them to push the boundaries of science and technology in solving problems in Nigeria.

The maiden edition, which held in July 2017, drew teams of innovative students from all over the country, and challenged them to actively participate in moving the nation forward.

In that edition, Team Mufasa of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) came first, beating four other universities in the grand finale, carting home N200,000 in prize money.

“This year’s edition promises to be more exciting, engaging and impactful,” according to Hassana Awodipe, Head, Media and Publicity for the Second Edition of the competition. Winners of this year’s competition will get cash prizes in the following order: First Place: N500,000, Second Place: N300,000, Third Place: N200,000. The winners will also receive the opportunity to have their designs implemented, as well as internship positions in various organizations related to the field of their design. The internship positions will be awarded to members of all five finalist teams.

Team Mufasa with the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, UNILAG, Prof. Funsho Falade at the Maiden Edition

“With the first edition of this competition, we have begun to brew a mentality of seeing ourselves as solutions and resources, rather than subject to someone else’s decisions all the time. If this were to continue, Nigeria would begin to take on a wonderful shape and in the long run, our standard of living would be greatly improved,” according to a statement issued by ULES.

Criteria to Compete

  • Each team is to comprise 3-5 members.
  • The competition is open only to students in the fields of environmental science, science and engineering.
  • Applicant teams must consist solely of undergraduates.
  • Application begins in February, 2018 and ends the second week of March, 2018.

The Design:

  • The competition is geared towards solving common problems in Nigeria using science, technology and environmental science.
  • Participants are required to come up with designs to tackle these problems. This is an active means of helping Nigeria achieve some of its Sustainable Development Goals. In summary, we want sustainable innovation for Nigerian problems.
  • Your design should consist of three parts; 1. The societal problem your design intends to solve (not more than 350 words). 2. Presentation and explanation of the design with necessary images, analysis, and modelling. 3. How does your design solve the societal problem you highlight? Convince us as to why it is the best solution. All listed above should be submitted in a single PDF file.

The competition comprises three stages; 1. Stage 1 (Application): During this stage, all designs will be submitted via the competition website. 2. Stage 2 (Judging): During this stage, entries to the competition will be thoroughly examined by our judges. The five most outstanding designs will proceed to the final stage. 3. Stage 3 (Grand Finale): For the grand finale, the five most outstanding teams will defend their designs before peers and seasoned professionals, after which the winners will be announced. Finalists will be required to present a prototype of their design, and focus will be on the innovativeness of the design.

If you are interested in pitching your design, click here.



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Chiamaka Akuba is a graduate of Mass Communication of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is passionate about emerging markets and entrepreneurship and is actively working with the industry. She loves her conversations challenging and can’t help laughing when you call her ‘Honourable Writer of the Federal Republic'. Chiamaka is a Staff Writer at Outrepreneurs.


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