The PKFokam Institute believes Knowledge is the inexhaustible source of wealth par excellence. As a number one promoter of hard work and excellence, this institution announced their support to young African tech lovers. This was during the launch of the second edition of its awards, named “PKFokam Awards for Science and Technology.” This competition has as main objective to reward the best innovative initiatives and is open since July 15, 2018, and will run until November 15, 2018.
The PKFokam Institute of Excellence
The PKFokam Institute of Excellence is a center for boosting scientific activities and technology innovation in Africa. The institute organized a competition last year on Science and Technology. Due to its uniqueness, the competition brings together scientists, engineers, industrialists and people who have special knowledge to transmit and inventions to promote.
As a captain of industry, lecturer and researcher, Dr. Paul K. Fokam is keen to support the governments of African countries in the promotion of knowledge and know-how.
“To accumulate knowledge and know-how, we need a consistent education system, from the pre-school section to the higher education, and that aims to produce, not graduates, but competent people,” he said.
About the competition
In full support of knowledge and technology, Dr. Paul Fokam organized an award ceremony in June last year. The Minister of Higher Education, Jacques Fame Ndongo presided over the highly-attended ceremony. This brought together several African ministers, academicians, students and researchers.
In a detailed manner, the competition this year is organized into three main categories.
The first, called “Best Innovative Enterprise Project” is open to all and rewards the initiative of young Africans engaged in entrepreneurship.
This category recognizes innovative solutions with immediate effect that will have a direct impact on people’s lives. No age limit is found in this category. It has two awards: the first, worth 10 million CFA francs in addition to the financial support of the business plan; the second prize, worth 2.5 million FCFA, with also the financial support of the business plan.
The second category is called “Applied Research and Technological Innovation”. It is open to all scientists or any person or group of people with proven skills in a particular field.
Also, this category is that of inventors or developers, holders of an engineering degree or not, but having demonstrated proven expertise in an engineering sector. These sectors include machinery construction; energy development; software development; food preservation and processing; drug development and discovery; casting: (metal work) and electronics.
As the first category, it also has two awards: the first, worth 10 million FCFA in addition to the financial support of the business plan; the second prize, worth 2.5 million FCFA, with also the financial support of the business plan.
The last category is the “Community Promotion Award of Excellence”. This award is dedicated to individuals who have innovated, especially, in sectors that are relevant to the community and that help solve some basic problems by promoting the economic growth of the community, the promotion of our culture and our arts.
This category is not open to any competition. Beneficiaries must be nominated in advance by citizens.
Dr. Paul Fokam is committed to supporting youths so that they will continue to believe in the future. This is yet another opportunity for young Tech lovers in Cameroon to develop their projects for the benefit of the entire community.
Interested candidates can obtain more information on documentation and conditions on www.pkfokam-awards.org.