Now in its third year, the Africa Prize equips talented engineers with tools and expert advice to develop their innovations into a business.
The inventors of an all-terrain ‘smart wheelchair’, a solar-water heating appliance that slashes energy use by 90% and a pneumonia-diagnosing biomedical jacket are among African innovators recognized by the Royal Academy of Engineering as the continent’s future technology pioneers.
The shortlisted candidates represent eight (8) African countries:
- Achiri Arnold Nji from Cameroon with Safe Travel, a mobile app that helps prevent public transport accidents,
- Alex Makalliwa from Kenya with an electric Tuk-Tuk off-grid charging network,
- Aline Okello from Mozambique with a rainwater harvesting app to improve access to rain harvesting equipment,
- Andre Nel from South Africa with Green Tower, a solar energy micro-grid boiler,
- Brian Turyabagye from Uganda with Mamaope, a biomedical jacket that diagnoses pneumonia,
- Edwin Inganji from Kenya with the Usalama app, which boosts the effectiveness of community policing and speeds up emergency services’ reaction times,
- Fredrick Ouko from Kenya with Riziki Source, an online platform that connects people with disabilities to jobs,
- Godwin Benson from Nigeria with Tuteria, a peer-to-peer platform that connects students to tutors,
- Hindu Nabulumba from Uganda with the Yaaka Network, which connects students, academics and trainers on a single social network,
- James van der Walt from South Africa with the Solar Turtle, a self-contained, off-grid power utility,
- Joel King’ori Kariuki from Kenya with a sisal decorticator that speeds up natural fibre production to help it compete with synthetic fibres,
- Kevin Gacheru from Kenya with the Mkononi Tank Monitoring System to reduce water wastage,
- Lawrence Ojok from Tanzania with the Green Rock Drill, an environmentally friendly drill for small-scale mining,
- Peter Mbiria from Kenya with the E-Con Wheelchair, an all-terrain wheelchair that allows users to stand upright, climb stairs and self-navigate,
- Sesinam Dagadu from Ghana with CodeRed, a health management and disease surveillance app that improves emergency response times from ambulances and police,
- Wilfred Leslie Owen from South Africa with an automated solar cooker that tracks the sun and has built-in temperature and timing controls.