Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Winners of the 2017 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) will be announced in Accra, Ghana, on 18 July 2017, the Africa Innovation Foundation (AIF) said on Thursday when it disclosed the top 10 nominees who will battle it out for the prestigious prize.
This year’s innovators have demonstrated incredible proficiency through innovative solutions addressing challenges in agriculture value chain, health care, energy, communications, service industries as well as surveillance using drone technology, the AIF said, disclosing names of innovators from nine countries -- Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
IPA has seen tremendous growth in applications and increasing interest from both innovators and innovation enablers over the years, IT News Africa reported Friday.
To date, IPA has attracted more than 7,500 innovators from 52 African countries, making it a truly Pan African initiative. IPA 2017 edition witnessed a record number of entries from over 2,530 innovators across 48 African countries.
“We’re excited at the opportunity to work with our partners to ensure the innovations of the 10 nominees will be available to African markets and beyond. We invite you to join us and unlock the potential of African innovators, starting by investing in these 10 nominees.” said Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl, IPA Director.
According to AIF chair Walter Fust, this year’s cream of the crop underwent a rigorous selection process by a renowned panel of judges including corporates, academia, technology and scientific experts representing top African innovation influencers.
"The inspiring stories of these nominees remind us that innovation and African-led solutions are indeed the answer to Africa’s growth and prosperity.” he said.
The Awards, now celebrating its sixth year under the theme 'African Innovation: Investing in Prosperity', IPA offers contenders a shot at a grand share-prize of US$185,000 and incentives to spur growth and prosperity in Africa through home-grown solutions.
AIF will host the IPA 2017 awards ceremony and its second Innovation Ecosystems Connector on 17 and 18 July in Accra, Ghana.
The event will focus on how innovation enablers and businesses can leverage funding streams, investments and resources that are critical to unlock potential of African innovators.
The 10 nominees are: Peris Bosire of FarmDrive, a financial technology company in Kenya that has developed a mobile phone based application that collects data and provides an alternative risk assessment model for small holder farmers; Nokwethu Khojane of Lakheni, Lakheni, a social and business model innovation in South Africa, which seeks to aggregate low-income households into buying-groups in order to negotiate favourable discounts for goods and services.
From Nigeria is Omolabake Adenle, innovator of Voice Recognition and Speech Synthesis Software for African Languages, that can understand and digitize spoken African languages, and synthesize speech from African languages presented as digitized text; Nzola Swasisa from Democratic Republic of Congo nominated for his 'Lokole' -- a device that enables access to efficient email communication anywhere with cellular coverage at a price that is one hundred to one thousand times cheaper than accessing email via regular cellular bandwidth costs.
Morocco's Badr Idriss of Atlan Space has developed software technology that is deployed to manage the operations of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones; Aly El-Shafei of Egypt nominated for Smart Electro-Mechanical Actuator Journal Integrated Bearing 'SEMAJIB' which is versatile and can change its characteristics as it operates.
Dougbeh-Chris Nyan of Liberia was nominated for 'New Technology for Rapid Detection of Many Infections Using Only One Test'. This is a rapid diagnostic test that can detect and simultaneously differentiate at least three to seven infections at the same time within 10 to 40 minutes.
Nigeria's Olanisun Olufemi Adewole was nominated for 'Sweat TB Test', a non-invasive rapid skin test to detect Tuberculosis. Sweat TB Test is a non-invasive rapid diagnostic test to detect tuberculosis. Gift Gana of Zimbabwe was nominated for 'Dr CADx' -- a software solution that helps doctors and health care workers diagnose medical images more accurately.
Also, from Uganda, Philippa Ngaju Makobore has been nominated for the Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF), a medical device designed to accurately administer intravenous (IV) fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.
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