Engineering innovations to manage heart disease, boost off-grid power, support parents and stop electricity theft have been selected as finalists in the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
In Cameroon, where there are roughly 50 cardiologists for 22 million citizens, Arthur Zang combined medical diagnostics with customised software and hardware to change the way rural Africans access heart doctors.
The Totohealth innovation team, led by Felix Kimaru, is transforming family health in Kenya with more than 21,000 parents already signed up. Young mothers subscribe to Totohealth via a network of healthcare workers, clinics and non-government organisations.
The South African finalist is a team led by Johannesburg accountant Matt Wainwright. It is revolutionising the way energy is distributed and sold in Africa. Standard Microgrid’s first pilot is currently running on a rural test site in Mugurameno, Zambia.
In Uganda, finalist Eddie Aijuka has developed Kamata, a device to solve a massive problem of electricity theft in Africa.
“The four finalists represent the cream of African engineering innovation‚” said Africa Prize judge Moses Musaazi.
The winner will be selected for the business potential of the innovation and its impact on people.
“We are looking for an innovation with potential for high impact on the lives of people in sub-Saharan Africa‚” Musaazi said.
The finalists are now preparing for an exhibition of their innovations in London‚ and the final awards in Dar es Salaam on 26 May 2016. The overall winner will receive 25‚000 British pounds‚ with 10‚000 pounds awarded to each of the runners-up.
The next Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is now open for applicants from sub-Saharan Africa who have developed innovations that can provide scalable solutions to local challenges.
Applications close at midnight on 27 June 2016‚ and shortlisted applicants will receive a six-month package of tailored support to help them achieve commercial success for their business.
Prospective applicants can go to www.raeng.org.uk/AfricaPrize
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