With a grand share prize of US$150 000, the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) has announced 10 nominees for its 2015 challenge. The 10 were selected out of over 925 applications recieved from 41 countries from across Africa.
Three winners will be chosen from the ten nominees and will be announced at a ceremoney in Skhirat, Morocco on 13 May 2015. The US$150 000 cash prize is shared between the winners, with the most outstanding innovation receiving US$100 000, and two prizes of US$25 000 for innovation with the highest social impact and best business potential respectively.
H.E. Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy for Morocco expressed his enthusiasm to be co-hosting the IPA 4th edition in Morocco: “We have a strong commitment with AIF to unlock the innovation potential of the continent. The ambition is to make Africa a juncture of innovative and prosperous nations.”
The nominees include
1. Adnane Remmal, Morocco: A patented alternative to livestock antibiotics which reduces the health hazard to cattle and humans, and prevents the transmission of multi-resistant germs and possible carcinogens through meat, eggs and milk to humans at no extra cost to farmers.
2. Alex Mwaura Muriu, Kenya: Farm Capital Africa is a risk sharing agri-business funding model that draws in investors for a share of farming profits. An attractive farming initiative and investment option for those with extra capital, benefitting both small scale farmers and investors.
3. David Gluckman, South Africa: Lumkani fire detection device and alert service that uses radio frequency (RF) transmission technology suitable for informal dwellings. In the event of a fire, the device triggers an alarm to alert the family.
4. Jean Bosco Kazirukanyo, Burundi: New type of cement “OSP” that protects waters against carcinogenic lubrication oil spills and can be sprinkled on fresh or old lubricant and oil spills. The cement chemically reacts with the contaminants to form tiny lumps that can be easily removed and deposited in designated plastic bins before being transported to concrete plants where they can be used as concrete additives.
5. Johann Pierre Kok, South Africa: Scientific engineering educational box: ‘Seebox’ that allows children to enjoy a practical and experimental way of learning the sciences and electronics, and measuring almost anything electronic or scientific. ‘Seebox’ also offers short videos explaining what is being measured.
6. Kyai Mullei, Kenya: M-changa, a mobile application that empowers individuals and organizations to initiate and manage fundraisers via sms or web devices in an efficient and cost effective way by allowing users to transfer money, communicate and solicit support for a cause, track contributions, and withdraw funds using their mobile phones without relying on internet connectivity.
7. Lesley Erica Scott, South Africa: Smartspot TBcheck examines the accuracy of machines used to detect TB diagnosis in laboratories safely and economically. This will make diagnosing TB far easier and might go a long way in curbing the TB epidemic in Africa. Today TB is second only to HIV and AIDS as a leading cause of death in the continent.
8. Marc Arthur Zang, Cameroon: The cardio-pad is an affordable tablet that records and processes the patient’s ECG (heart signal) before transferring it to a remote station using mobile phone networks. The device can be used in village hospital and clinic settings in the absence of a cardiologist.
9. Neil Du Preez, South Africa: Mellowcabs is a suite of technologies that includes recovering the kinetic energy that is typically lost in the braking process, converting it into electricity and storing it. Hydrogen fueled Mellowcabs is also an app to book cab rides that can be paid for with cash or credit and allows users to track their cab’s location, wifi access and mobile charging during the ride.
10. Samuel O. Otukol, Uganda: Water distillation system and process (dsp) as an alternative source of viable drinkable water in areas of water shortage or where only sea water is available. It helps water shortages in drought-stricken areas, or where existing desalination methods have proved ineffective.