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Nairobi, Kenya (July 30, 2016) – Global Minimum Inc. is proud to announce the 33 finalists for the fourth Innovate Kenya competition in Kenya.

Building on the success of past innovation competitions in Kenya, we are pleased to announce that more than 350 students contributed to over 124 applications from all over Kenya. All of these secondary students are proposing to solve tangible problems in their communities. The applications demonstrated passion and drive that make us very excited for the future of Kenya.

Below are the 12 finalist projects with their associated schools, innovators, faculty mentors, and project description. Each finalist team will be invited to a 1-week innovation camp from August 14-20 where they will undergo a series of design-thinking trainings, leadership clinics, community outings, and most importantly, rigorous technical training and exploration in their area of interest. In addition, each finalist team will receive up to $500 to build a prototype for their solutions.

The finalist teams will be exhibiting and presenting their 12 project prototypes that they had developed during the Innovation Camp on Saturday, August 20. Those interested in attending the Final Showcase Event should RSVP here by August 18, 2016.

Congratulations to our finalists!


A. Automatic Greenhouse
ICT solution for farmers to auto-regulate greenhouse

School: St. Patricks Iten
Location: Elgeyo-Marakwet County
Categories: Agriculture, Mobile App & Web Development
Team Members: David Vilembwa, Ted Juma
Faculty Mentors: Rashid Gindicha, Eng Kelly Aderwa
Project Mentors: Stacy Okoth

Most farmers are unable to control some factors that affect the growth of plants inside greenhouse and may sometimes end up making losses due to this. We are providing farmers with a solution to this predicament by designing them a system that will auto-regulate the amount of light that gets inside the greenhouse, automatically irrigate it and also control the internal temperatures of the greenhouse in order to provide optimum growth conditions for the plants to be grown there. Depending on the various optimum conditions for various plants, the values can be modified to suit the plants grown there.

B. Biodegradable Plastic
Biodegradable plastic from orange peels

School: Starehe Girls Centre
Location: Kiambu County
Categories: Energy & Environment
Team Members: Sophia Queen (F3), Ann Wariara (F3), Ruth Njeri (F3), Brenda Otieno (F1)
Faculty Mentors: John Njoroge Nduta, Peris Wanjiku
Project Mentors: TBD

This project aims to reduce pollution by making biodegradable plastic from orange peels. You only need a microwave and orange peels. Orange peels are used because they contain d-limonene, which is also an ingredient in many cleaning products and cosmetics. The microwave is important because it activates the cellulose and that triggers the release of chemicals or furthers chemical reactions inside the orange peel. The microwave is also mainly used because the plastic making does not involve use of very high temperature. Normally, the temperatures do not go above 200C, which is an advantage.

C. Bottle-Walled Houses
Plastic bottles to affordable houses

School: Mary Leakey Girls High School
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Housing and Transportation, Energy & Environment
Team Members: Elizabeth Wambui, Esther Wanjiru, Mary Muthoni, Tracey Peninah
Faculty Mentors: Gitonga J.N, Kabutha D.K.
Project Mentors: Roy Ombatti

We want to utilise non-biodegradable waste products such as plastic bottles and improve the living conditions of slum residents by making possible to afford the houses. Our project is based on environmental conservation sector whereby we recycle used plastic bottles to make the walls of a house. The walls are reinforced by sand, cement, ballast and iron rods. We wanted to address this project by collecting disposed plastic bottles and filling them with sand or ballast. We bind them using concrete (as it is normally done with bricks and stones) and then we will plaster. We think this project could provide employment opportunities to the jobless since the work does not require high level of technical know-how.

D. Gas Gauge
Gas gauge measurement and leakage detector

School: Arabuko Forest High School
Location: Kilifi County
Categories: Housing & Transportation
Team Members: Mohammed Naaman (Recent Graduate), Walid Muhammad (Recent Graduate), Ilyas Jabir (Recent Graduate), Muhammad Feisal (Recent Graduate), Athman Naaman (Recent Graduate)
Faculty Mentors: Muhammad Firdaus
Project Mentors: TBD

The rise in number of death to gas leakage causing fire has risen in previous years. Our community has one case of fire outbreak from gas leakage. In the market, we notice that there is not even one gas tank with a measuring gauge so people could actually notice that the gas is empty when it could not lit fire to cook. This made us think of a solution to these problem. Our project seeks to customize a regular gas hose tube to have a measuring gas gauge and leakage detector. This challenge is important to solve since once implemented one could know gas leakage and also know the amount of gas felt before refilling this will save time and life too.

E. Green Portable Cooker
Solar cooker

School: Nakuru High School
Location: Nakuru County
Categories: Energy & Environment
Team Members: Morgan Otieno (F4), Alex Ndegwa (F4)
Faculty Mentors: Anthony Bwogo
Project Mentors: TBD

Africa and the third world countries as a whole have experienced a lot of challenges as they try to cook their delicacies. Many use firewood, charcoal, and paraffin stoves. All these seem to have many disadvantages to our environment. Reduction of forest is leading to global warming. When wood burns, a lot of smoke are produced, and this is dangerous for the lungs. Our team will be working on a green portable cooker by converting solar energy to electrical energy which is stored in a battery, where it will be converted to heat energy using a heating element that will produce heat required to cook.

F. Kodagar Powered Chair
Electric wheelchair
School: Mang’u High School
Location: Kiambu County
Categories: Health & Medical
Team Members: Edgar Waweru (F4), Douglas Mutethia (F4)
Faculty Mentors: Mrs. Muchiri
Project Mentors: TBD

Most of the times, people who use wheelchairs end their day while exhausted. Sometimes they find difficulties when moving along gentle slopes. The frequent peddling by their hands is tiresome. Most of them also require a third party to push them from one place to another. Kodagar will be a chair of its own caliber because it has a solution to this. Kodagar will be an electric chair which comes with ability to increase speed and support less movement of the user. The chair will have added advantage of power to enable the user not to struggle trying to apply mechanical force for running it.  It will have an adjustable flap for studying and writing purposes. Its brakes, gears, and all controllable units will be hand-controlled. It will be three-wheeled with an adjustable steering wheel. It will have lighting mechanism for night operation and an adjustable umbrella. The chair will have a motor which together with the differential unit produce power, which will convert electrical energy to mechanical energy. Kodagar shall come in different grades and design proposed by the user.

G. Mars Solar Desalinator
Water desalination system

School: Starehe Girls Centre
Location: Kiambu County
Categories: Water & Sanitation
Team Members: Mercy Muhoro (F3), Edith Ngerechi (F3), Laurette Mongina (F3)
Faculty Mentors: John Njoroge Nduta, Peris Wanjiku
Project Mentors: Stacy Okoth, Roy Ombatti

In the arid areas of our country, there are a lot of challenges affecting the people. Some of them include salty water that is used for drinking water and domestic uses. This water has several disadvantages such as the high concentration of fluorine leading to the discoloration of teeth. Since it is hard water, it also clogs pipes and forms scum on the clothes; hence discoloring them. This salt water can also destroy some delicate internal body organs, for example, the liver, especially if taken in large amounts. This may in turn hinder the normal functioning of the organ and eventually lead to deaths. We come from the interior of West Pokot County, which is a region that has less water sources and the available water sources are salty. Considering that disadvantages of salty water outdo its advantages, we came up with a project to innovate a solution to treat saline water using glass and solar energy.

H. Mwalimu Information System
ICT solution for teachers

School: Alliance High School
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Education & Training, Mobile App & Web Development
Team Members: Marawi Baraka Mwakisha, Wachira Samuel King’ori
Faculty Mentors: Nicholas Ndege
Project Mentors: Savannah Kunovsky

Mwalimu Information System (MIS) will be a digital platform that is designed to aid teachers by easing the process of creating and editing of documents necessary in their line of work. It will have templates for lesson plans, schemes of work and records of work enabling the teacher to create the documents in a short timespan and also preserve them since they exist in softcopy and are saved on an online server. The platform will also contain resources which are vital for teachers such as syllabi lesson notes, timetables and revision materials as well as reference materials. A teacher can input students merit data and store class attendance records, students discipline and community service records. Moreover, the system will intelligently automate the process of teacher appraisals and development based on the collected data and rate each and every teacher hence making it even easier for the Teacher’s Service Commision (TSC) to offer promotions to the teachers.

I. Paper Mache Sculptures Ornaments
Repurposing paper mache for sculptures and ornaments

School: Starehe Girls Centre
Location: Kiambu County
Category: Energy & Environment, Arts & Crafts
Team Members: Medina Moraa, Caroline Njambi
Faculty Mentors: John Njoroge Nduta, Peris Wanjiku
Project Mentors: Karl Heinz

We live in a society where all and sundry want our houses, offices and classrooms well decorated, not just from flowers, but also from beautiful sculptures and models. Students from Starehe Girls want to make sculptures and ornaments from use of paper mache, newspaper and glue being the main ingredients. It is an improvement of use of cement and clay soil. Using papers is cheap and also comes with a lot of advantages, such as curbing unemployment.

J. Piezo Street Lighting
Piezo Street Lighting

School: St. Elizabeth Girls Academy
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Energy & Environment
Team Members: Owiti Cazeah (F3), Lily Wambui (F3), Alexandra Amondi (F1)
Faculty Mentors: Mr. Mburu, Mr. Bramwel, Mr. Kata
Project Mentors: TBD

The project will be based in one of the villages in Limuru sub-county of Kiambu district near the Nairobi Nakuru Highway. The area is usually toggy and use of solar panels is limited. With the permission of necessary authorities, a section of the road will be carpeted with piezzo which will be used to generate electricity as the vehicles passes. Due to the almost constant high flow of vehicles, we expect to generate enough electric current which during the day will be stored in large batteries for use at night. The lighting will be done using energy saving LED bulbs. The neighboring communities will be requested to provide space for the light poles for security. The model will be at a road section with a new piezzo, a simple battery to store current a few LED bulbs and some simple vehicle models to be moved on the piezo on the model of the road.

K. Tyre is Gold
Repurposing tires for furnitures

School: Kajiado Township Secondary School
Location: Kajiado County
Categories: Energy & Environment, Arts & Crafts
Team Members: Agnes Mwihaki (F3), Esther Waithera (F3), Naomi Masae (F3)
Faculty Mentors: Emily Ogenche, Ezekiel Mido, Job Nyakwara
Project Mentors: Karl Heinz

Many tires are thrown away every year causing environmental pollution. If burnt, they destroy the ozone layer. These tires can be used to make furnitures which can be sold to earn one’s living therefore eradicating poverty. We came up with ‘TYRE IS GOLD’ to control pollution in a safe and affordable way. These tires can be cut where necessary, shaped and painted to make fashionable furnitures. We will also use discarded pieces of materials to make pillows, cushions and pieces of wood. This method of making furniture is quite affordable and environmentally-friendly. We will also talk to members of the community to help us collect the materials we need as we teach them how to make the furniture and the importance of preserving the environment.

L. Usalama App and PRISM Intelligent System
Integrated police and emergency management expert system

School: St. Mary’s Boys High School and Alliance Boys High School
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Mobile App & Web Development
Team Members: Lewis Wanjohi, Jefferson Ngugi
Faculty Mentors: Michael Ndung’u
Project Mentors: Savannah Kunovsky

Usalama App and PRISM Intelligent System will be an Integrated Police and Emergency Management Expert System as well as Applied Artificial Intelligence in Law Enforcement through Surveillance and Smart Data Analytics. The system will provide a platform for police and emergency operators to have secure registration, view incident reports sent by the public through the app, and begin investigations on the cases. The public can report incidences through the app by filling the report forms to describe the incidents details. It will also provide a platform where the general public and government agencies can work together to prepare, respond, recover, and mitigate once an emergency occurs and it will be the first law enforcement and computer system to employ artificial intelligence through the use of smart data analytics and surveillance.


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