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The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced its shortlist for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. The Africa Prize was launched in 2014, and aims to provide support, including funding, comprehensive business training, bespoke mentoring and access to the Royal Academy of Engineering’s network of experienced engineers and business experts.

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation shortlist announced“The Africa Prize recognises talented engineers from across the continent, supporting countries that aren’t typically seen as a source of innovation. This diversity helps drive more innovation during the programme, amplifying their potential for real economic and social impact,” says Rebecca Enonchong, one of the Africa Prize judges.

“Turning engineers into entrepreneurs is vital to unlocking the creative solutions that exist across Africa. The Africa Prize’s support gives engineers the confidence to approach funders, clients and investors and the knowledge to improve their supply chain and business models,” adds another of the judges, Moses Musaazi.

The shortlisted candidates are:

• Alvin Kabwama from Uganda for the UriSAF Maternal and Sexual Reproductive Health Care Kit, which tests urine quickly, accurately and affordably
• Arthur Woniala from Uganda for Khainza Energy Gas, a cheap biogas made from manure and safe for household use
• Brian Gitta from Uganda for Matibabu, a low-cost reusable device that tests for malaria quickly and accurately without drawing blood
• Brian Mwiti Mwenda from Kenya for The Sixth Sense, a handheld echolocation device with ultrasonic sensors that alert visually impaired users to objects nearby
• Collins Tatenda Saguru from South Africa for his economical, environmentally sustainable process to recover and re-use precious metals from cars
• Daniel Taylor from Ghana for HWESOMAME, a low-cost smart sensor that accurately detects soil conditions and notifies farmers via text or phone call
• Emeka Nwachinemere from Nigeria for Kitovu, an online platform that helps farmers in remote locations to increase crop yields and sell their produce
• Esther Gacicio from Kenya for eLearning Solutions, an interactive online programme that hosts courses for individuals or serves as a tool for training institutions
• Ifediora Emmanuel Ugochukwu from Nigeria for the iMeter and AMI solution, which gives electricity consumers and power utilities control over electricity use
• Lawrence Okettayot from Uganda for Sparky Dryer, a low-tech dehydrator that dries fruit and vegetables to extend their shelf life and reduce food wastage
• Michael Asante-Afrifa from Ghana for Science Set, a mini science lab with all the materials needed to do the science experiments in a school syllabus
• Monicah Mumbi Wambugu from Kenya for Loanbee, a mobile phone application that calculates the user’s credit scores and grants micro-loans
• Nges Njungle from Cameroon for Muzikol, an online music marketing and social media app designed to meet all the career needs of musicians
• Nnaemeka Chidiebere Ikegwuono from Nigeria for ColdHubs, solar-powered walk-in cold rooms that extend the life of perishable food tenfold
• Peter Kariuki from Rwanda for SafeMotos, an app that connects commuters to the safest motorcycle drivers in Kigali, Rwanda
• Shalton Mphodisa Mothwa from South Africa for AEON Power Bag, which allows users to charge their phones on the go by converting radio waves and solar energy into power.

After six months of mentoring and training, four finalists will be selected from this shortlist. The finalists will present their businesses to judges in front of a live audience next June, after which one winner will receive £25,000. Runners-up will be awarded £10,000 each.

Image credit: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/international-research-and-collaborations/africa-prize/current-and-recent-awardees/2018

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