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The third winner of the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa competition was recently announced at a gala event. This year’s award winning engineering concept was Nigerian online tutoring network Tuteria, receiving a cash prize of £25 000 for its ability to connects students to the qualified tutors closest to them.

The three runners up, each winning a cash prize of £10 000, were South Africa’s GreenTower Microgrid, the Yaaka Digital Learning Network from Uganda and the Kenyan Mobi-Water System. Founded by Andre Nel, the GreenTower Microgrid reduces the energy used to heat water by 90%. The Yaaka Digital Learning Network is an online platform where teachers and students can share their academic knowledge as well as materials, while the Mobi-Water System allows water tank users to monitor and control their tanks remotely using a mobile phone.

Nigerian wins Engineering competitionAfrica Prize for Engineering Innovation winner, Godwin Benson from Nigeria, is congratulated by judges Sheena Raikundalia, Rebecca Enonchong and Moses Musaazi.

Tuteria was created by Nigerian Godwin Benson to help students find any skill they want to learn within their budget. Using the mobile app, students indicate how much they are willing to pay and which subjects they would like tutoring in. The nearest tutor is found, and the tutor then gets in touch with the learner.

Tuteria uses a rating system and allows students (or their parents) to book lessons by paying for them through an upfront payment system. Tuteria receives a commission of between 15% and 30% once the lesson has been confirmed and the tutor has been paid.

A central part of the service is that both students and teachers are thoroughly vetted before being allowed to use the platform. The scope of skills available for through Tuteria includes a range of academic subjects for all ages as well as things like learning to play the piano, sew clothes, and learn a new language.

“Godwin Benson’s Tuteria invention changes the way Nigerians – and Africans – share knowledge and skills with one another. We’re proud to have him as our third Africa Prize winner, and we trust Tuteria will go on to change the lives of millions of people who are eager to learn and develop new skills,” Malcolm Brinded, head judge of the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa competition said.

“His engineering innovation is not only new technology, but also a new way of thinking about education. Benson has successfully incorporated the training of the past six months into his project, and we are eager to watch Tuteria grow on the continent.”

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, encourages talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to develop local solutions to challenges in their communities. The Prize selects a shortlist of innovators from across the continent and provides training and mentoring to help turn engineers with incredible ideas into successful entrepreneurs.

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