Global Minimum Announces Innovate Kenya Finalists For April 2017!

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Contact: Richy Bikko
Phone: 070-179-1002

Nairobi, Kenya (March 30, 2017) – Global Minimum Inc. is proud to announce the 32 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 70 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 April 9-15 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 Ksh.50,000 ($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, April 15th. Those interested in attending the Final Showcase Event should RSVP here by April 10th.

Congratulations to our finalists!

A. Medbit Inc
An ICT solution that seeks to reduce mortality rates in East Africa by providing reliable information about medical facilities,their locations and services offered.Medbit Inc will provide a platform for patients access healthcare facilities when needed including emergency services. Additionally, Medbit will have a database with information on drugs previously accessible to chemists and pharmacists.The information is provided by professions in health care and legit medical facilities ensuring accuracy and reliability.

School: Loreto Convent Valley Road
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Health & Medical Care, Mobile App & Web Development.
Team Members: Mary Christine, & Renee Auma
Faculty Mentors: Mrs. Alice Gatoto
Project Mentors: Marian & Elsis

B. Skypod
Skypod is a futuristic transport solution that seeks to reduce road accidents and traffic by creating a rapid and efficient transit system which will comprise of pods and rails. The team is hoping to use the electro-magnetism concept to provide a hovering effect to propel the pods forward. The system will be controlled by computers and is intended for country wide implementation.

School: Makini High School
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Transport & Engineering
Team Members: Vera Atieno & Kendy Anyika
Project Mentors: Irving

C. Plastic and Wine Bottles Chandeliers

This project seeks to solve the problem of environmental pollution by recycling plastic bottles, spoons, cups and wine bottles to manufacture beautiful and affordable chandeliers for homes. The end product is long lasting since the material is non-biodegradable.

School: Mary Leakey Girls’ High School
Location: Kiambu county
Categories: Environment
Team Members: Tracy Peninah & Mary Muthoni
Project Mentors: Wangari Muchue

D. Waste to Watts
The Waste to Watts project will utilize organic waste to generate electricity by designing a battery made out of organic wastes. On a larger scale, the group is looking to target for informal settlements with their project which will help in reducing pollution and also providing waste management solutions in the target areas. Furthermore it will improve community development and provide employment opportunities for young people.

School: Loreto Convent Msongari
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Energy, Environment
Team Members: Michelle Kibias, Tamara Cheruiyot, Tracy Muthoni
Faculty Mentors: Mr Ondeyo
Project Mentors: Tom & Andrew

E. Decorative Tiles
This team has seen how much dumping of egg shells contributes to environmental pollution in Kawangware. The Deco tiles project is working towards creating a clean and safe environment by using egg shells to make affordable decorative tiles. Decorative Tiles will also provide employment opportunities for young people.

School: Beth Mugo High School
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Environment
Team Members: Sandra Otieno
Project Mentors: Wangari Muchue

F. Modified CCTV
Despite the existing CCTV infrastructure, people still face insecurity challenges whether in their homes and on the roads. The Modified CCTV will help save lives by monitoring inside vehicles. With the control of a servo motor, the CCTV cameras will rotate through 360 degrees capturing a 3D view of objects and people. The team hopes to collaborate with security companies and vehicle manufacturers to achieve their goal.

School: St.Theresa Secondary School
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Engineering
Team Members: Cynthia Juma, Specioza Matista, Victor Kiarie & Samson Mukiri
Project Mentors: Ken Abwao

G. Energy Revolution
Many Kenyan communities depend on Kenya Power and lighting Company(KPLC) for electricity.This over dependence leads to unexpected blackouts and unreliable supply of power. Energy Revolution project intends to provide alternative sources of power by establishing an industry that will produce electricity using both wind and solar energy.

School: St.Theresa Secondary School
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Energy
Team Members: Rhoda Atieno, Titus Ochieng & Edna Kavosa
Faculty Mentors: Mr. Humphrey
Project Mentors: Andrew & Marian

H. Takaposts & Takablocks
The project will utilize the increasing number of plastic waste and produce valuable products such as building blocks and posts that are strong and can endure termites. Using plastic waste will provide an alternative for wood thus reducing deforestation. The project will also provide employment for young people through plastic waste collection.

School: Sokoke Boys High School
Location: Kilifi County
Categories: Environment
Team Members: Gedion Karisa, Salim Kitsao & Ronald Otiyo
Faculty Mentors: Simon Kuria
Project Mentors: Andrew

I. E-Gen
Generating electricity to meet the high demand in the market is expensive. E-Gen is a device that utilizes electromagnetic induction, programming and other engineering principles to generate electricity for households. The innovative solution seeks to reduce environmental pollution by providing clean energy solutions for consumers.

School: Graduated
Category: Energy
Team Members: Washington Kamadi & John Adongo
Project Mentors: Tom

J. Range Extender
The Range Extender seeks to increase the recharge time for electric machinery and cars while minimising air pollution. By adding a small generator to the driveshaft of an electric car, the power drawn from the batteries will be boosted thus increasing the range of the vehicle. The solution will reduce the cost of running electric machines including cars, ships and diesel-electric trains

School: Graduated
Categories: Energy
Team Members: Amos Gatuku & Ian John
Project Mentors: Ken

K. BlueDrive
BlueDrive is a Universal Serial Bus that will use bluetooth technology to aid safe storage and transfer of personal data through an application software designed for a range of hardware. The device is cross functional as there exist numerous bluetooth enabled devices to interface.Moreover, BlueDrive offers data security for the user. Some of the features the user gets to enjoy are streaming music and videos from your device, organizing documents and synchronizing them for offline access and editing pictures.

School: Graduated (Moi Forces Academy)
Location: Nairobi County
Categories: Mobile App & Web Development
Team Members: Daniel Kihanya Gitau,Isaac Venant Mwondi & Patrick Linsen Asembo
Project Mentors: Irving

L. i-Sight
i-Sight will help visually impaired people including children and students. The special glasses will use real time processing to enable blind people perform basic tasks such as crossing the road, shopping, getting a taxi. The gadget also allows the user to call for help by using a distress button.

School:St. Mary’s Boys High School
Location: Nyeri County
Categories: Health & Medical Care,Web & App development
Team Members:Brian Kariuki Kamenju & Eric Mbaki Mwaura
Faculty Mentors: Mr. Michael
Project Mentors: Monicah & Joseph

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