Global Minimum Announces Innovate Kenya Finalists For August 2018!

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Contact: Richy Bikko
Phone: +25479-248-6014

Global Minimum Inc. (GMin) is proud to announce the 36 finalists for the second round of the 2018 Innovate Kenya competition in Kenya.

Building on the success of past innovation competitions, we are pleased to announce that this round more than 400 students contributed to 135 applications from all over Kenya. These young people proposed ideas and projects that solve tangible problems in their communities. The applications demonstrated passion and drive that makes us very excited about the future of Kenya.

Below are the 12 finalist projects with their associated schools and project descriptions. Each finalist team will be invited to a 1-week innovation camp from August 12th – August 18th, 2018 where they will undergo a series of design thinking training, leadership clinics, community outings, and rigorous technical training and exploration in their area of interest. Also, each finalist team will receive up to Ksh 50,000 ($500) to build a prototype for their solutions.

The finalist teams will be exhibiting and presenting their project prototypes developed during the Innovation Camp on Saturday, August 18th, 2018 at the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) in Karen Rd, Nairobi.

Congratulations to our finalists!

A. Wakulima Treatment
An App that seeks to enable access to veterinary services and minimize loss of livestock and poor crop yields.Wakulima App will help farmers get relevant service via their mobile phones and boost their profits.

School: Loreto Convent Valley Road
Location: Nairobi County
Category: Mobile App
Team Members: Jemima Kenmoe, Laurene Wamuyu, Melissa Kirwa, Rehema Machuka, Melissa Makumi
Faculty Mentor: Zipporah Morang

B. Mobile Food Dryer
Mobile Food Dryer provides an alternative method for preserving food for small-scale farmers in marginalised communities and rural areas. They aim to eliminate food wastage and promote food security among Kenyan communities.

School: Kahuguini & Dundori High School
Location: Murang’a County
Category: Agriculture
Team Members: Brian Githinji, Dennis Kuria, Hannah Kuria, Peris Kinyanjui
Faculty Mentor: Mrs. Esther Muthoni

C. Portable Electric Cooker
A renewable energy solution that substitutes ordinary charcoal jikos and firewood for home use. The portable electric cooker will reduce pollution by smoke and hence eliminate respiratory complications resulting from continuous use of firewood and charcoal.

School: Riruta Satellite Secondary School
Location: Nairobi County
Category: Energy
Team Members: Samuel Muigai, Benson Mwaura, Margaret Waithera.
Faculty Mentor: Mr. David Antati

D. Green App
Green App helps people to correctly dispose their electronic waste ( e-waste). The mobile phone based application will enable users to identify potential buyers who recycle e-waste and provide a platform to sell recycled products.

School: Loreto Convent Msongari
Location: Nairobi County
Category: Environment
Team Members: Faith Nyaberi, Jean Kago, Rose Mueni
Faculty Mentor: Mr. Gathua Wachira

E.Paper From Water Hyacinth
This team is using water hyacinth from Lake Victoria to make paper. They will reduce pollution and promote aquatic life in the lake and in turn reduce the number of trees cut down to make paper.

School: Mary Leakey Girls High School
Location: Kiambu County
Category: Environment
Team Members: Wambita Fana, Brenda Wangari
Faculty Mentor: Mr. Daniel Kabutha

F. Automated Housing and Management
The team aims to create a mobile application that will ensure good quality housing and prevent deaths occurring as a result of collapsed buildings. Users will be able to identify safe, approved houses before moving into the residential houses.

School: Precious Blood Girls High School
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Housing and Transport
Team Members: Njoroge Beth Njeri, Kirimi Winnie Muthoni
Faculty Mentor: Mrs. Osero

G. Vehicle Monitoring System
A monitoring system that will help reduce overloading in vehicles and minimize death by accidents on Kenyan roads. The device will be installed in the commercial vehicles eliminating the need for officers to check for overloading.

School: M-Pesa Foundation Academy
Location: Kiambu County
Category: Housing and Transport
Team Members: Stanley Koigi, Dennis Kariuki, John Ekiru
Faculty Mentor: John Eyagi Shivisi

H. Okolea Speed Saver
A gadget for vehicles that will stop overspeeding of motorists. The gadget will also help the driver identify the restricted speed areas and advice on the correct speed. The authorities will also use the system to monitor rogue drivers and take legal action.

School: Ghanima El- Marzuq Girls High School
Location: Kajiado County
Category: Housing and Transport
Team Members: Rahma Ibrahim, Tasneem Abdikadir
Faculty Mentor: Firdaws Mohamed

I. The Voices
An intelligent system that will help the deaf and mute to effectively communicate with other people through talking. This device will improve their hearing ability and enable them to engage in verbal communication using modern technology.

School: Nembu Girls
Location: Nairobi County
Category: Healthcare
Team Members: Happiness Akenga, Zuena Ibrahim, Nicole Irya
Faculty Mentor: Mr. Arnest Micheni

J. Security Drone
A security system that uses a drone to monitor premises. The drone will be linked to a communication centre to enable quick response in case of an attack or unauthorized entry to a building. The system is intended to promote security and decrease cases of terror attacks.

School: St. Theresa Secondary School
Location: Nairobi County
Category: Security
Team Members: Arnold Magumba, Kelly Joy Wambui, George Otieno
Faculty Mentor: Evans Owuor

K. Antennograph
A home-made solution for trapping mosquitoes to eradicate malaria. The team will use local materials available in the kitchen to create their solution. They aim to minimize the number of deaths resulting from malaria.

School: Friends School Kamusinga
Location: Bungoma County
Category: Healthcare
Team Members: Bildad Kiplimo, Samuel Omondi
Faculty Mentor: Mr. Jasper Sifuna

L. Gas Leak And Fire Sensor Alarm
A low-cost early fire warning system which detects smoke, gas leakage, and carbon II oxide gas. The device is made using affordable local materials and requires minimal power supply to operate.

School: Ufanisi Talent Academy
Location: Nairobi County
Category: Public Safety
Team Members: George Ochieng, Isaac Kivuva
Faculty Mentor: Johnstone Mutua

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