Contact: Mahmoud Javombo
Freetown, Sierra Leone (September 6th, 2018) – Global Minimum Inc. is proud to announce the 47 finalists for the seventh Innovate Salone competition in Sierra Leone. Building on the success of past innovation competitions in Sierra Leone, we are pleased to announce that more than 500 students contributed to over 30 applications from the five cities. All of these secondary students are proposing to solve tangible problems in their communities. The applications as usual demonstrated passion and drive that make us very excited for the future of Sierra Leone.
Below are the 10 finalist projects with their associated schools, innovators, faculty mentors, and project description. Each finalist team will receive between $100- $200 to build a prototype for their solutions. They will also be exposed to a network of local and global mentors. All applicants will be invited to the Innovate Salone Celebration of Young Innovators Event to be held in their respective cities to receive feedback on their project idea. The semi-finalist below will be invited to the Innovation Camp in Bo scheduled for December 2018. During the camp, teams will be provided with seed funding, mentors and additional feedback. After the Innovation Camp, select teams have the opportunity to receive up to $500 to refine their prototypes over a course of one year.
Congratulations to our 2018 Innovate Salone Finalists!
1. Solar Generator
School: Saint Andrew’s Secondary School, Bo
Team Members: Edward Hindowa, Sylvanus Alie, Sallay Dyfan and Agatha Momoh
Mentors: Mr. Habib Kamara and Mr. Kabba Tarawally
The team from Saint Andrews is proposing to build a generator that is powered by sunlight and by manually turning a device attached to the generator. The goal is to make effective use of the sun which is abundantly available across Sierra Leone, in addition to the fact that the generator’s fuel is sunlight which is free and accessible to everyone.
2. Solar Electrical Tricycle
School: Methodist Boys High School, Freetown
Team Members: Emmanuel Alie Mansaray, Andrew Sahr Norma, and Joseph Ellie Cooper
Mentor: Richard Brewoh
The team’s design consists of a 24-volt solar panel, a 24-volt motorcycle battery and a 24-volt electric motor which serves as the engine. The aim is to make the tricycle accessible to disabled people as a form of transportation. Since it will be driven by an engine, the disabled person would have an opportunity to have a vehicle to move them around town. Also, the vehicle will use the battery as its energy and fuel source.
3. Team Local Fertilizer
School: The Kings and Queens International, Kenema
Team Members: Jenneh Sannoh, Margaret Mansaray, Fatmata Jalloh and Alpha Kamara
Mentor: Siatty Yussif.
The team intends to locally produce their own fertilizer as a way of boosting agricultural production within Kenema and its surrounding. The aim is to produce an appreciable amount of fertilizer to be used in their school garden as a pilot that can be replicated. Farmers will be in turn taught the art of making the local fertilizer using accessible materials in the community.
4. Windmill Electricity
School: Limount College, Freetown
Team Members: Abdul Razak, Isatu Bah and Philip Gbondo
Mentor: Mr. Koroma, Head of Science Department
Access to electricity is still a very big challenge for Sierra Leoneans. However, the country can boast of high-speed wind which, if well harnessed, can help solve the electricity crisis. The goal of this project is to create a windmill so that others can access electricity through the windmill created thereby solving the electricity problem in the society.
5. AC Wireless Switch Generator
School: Sierra Leone International Mission Senior Secondary School
Team Members: Ibrahim Parizco Dainkeh, Ibrahim Hassan Turay, Osman Gbla, Moses Brima and Emmanuel Weller
Mentors: Mr. Ibrahim Bangura and Mr. Fayia Rogers
The hope is to build a wireless generator that does not use fuel and can be powered by using a remote. Also, devices can access the generator wirelessly. Because the parts that will be used are accessible and cheap, we hope to scale the production of this device across the country after building the prototype through the InChallenge competition.
6. Local Flower Pot
School: Awada School, Bo
Category: Arts and Craft
Team Members: Clara Prideux, Judith C Minah, Jeneba Conteh, and Hawa Bangura
Mentor: Mr. David PM Scott-manga
The team’s goal is to make a unique flower pot for home and school beautification. In Bo, there have been attempts by people to make flower pots for home beautification but they are very expensive and materials less accessible. Meanwhile, this team intends to make a flower pot that is more unique, materials easily accessible and a possibility to teach pupils of other schools to enable them to create more flower pots in their homes and community for a wonderful facelift.
7. KMF Jet Pump
School: Modern School of Science and Business, Makeni
Category: Water and Sanitation
Team Members: Lamrana Gibateh, Mahmoud Conteh, Foday Kamara, Hassan Kalokoh and Paul Sesay.
Mentor: John Cookson Kamara
Digging boreholes and the installation of pipes to access clean drinking water have become expensive and less accessible for low-income earners. The team has identified the cost of providing services like these to communities and had therefore decided to pilot a project in their school compound which has a well. The team intends to build a KMF pump and install it in the school well for possible replications to other areas. Pupils and traders in the school compound through the school well would have access to clean drinking water with less challenges of using rubbers manually to fetch from the well.
8. Innov-Tec Freezing Cooker
School: Benevolent Secondary School, Makeni
Team Members: Patrick Mohamed Sesay, Christiana F Kamara, and Patrick Bangura
Mentor: Timothy Bangura
The gas cooker is the primary cooking mechanism in middle-income houses across Sierra Leone. However, the maintenance cost is a high part of why it is not found in most houses. Meaning, a considerable number of our people continue to use charcoal and firewood which effects are highly detrimental. Therefore, the team has decided to build a two-in-one device that provides gas cooking service while at the same time serving as a freezer. The dual functions, including its affordability, are worth mentioning for positive social impacts.
9. Local Bulb
School: Kate Mcgrath School for Girls, Bo
Team Members: Regina Alfreda, Fatmata Sheriff, Mariama Sawaneh, Bintu Foday and Lucinda Kallon.
Mentor: Mr. John Massaquoi
Since the national power service is the main source of energy access, including the fact that electricity supply is limited to the numerous homes across the city, the team has decided to create a bulb that is battery powered and that can provide electricity in homes and very cheap. Creating affordable bulbs is something we intend to teach members of our communities to help them lead the process so that everyone in our community would be able to access electricity at an affordable cost.
10. Free Wifi
School: Haikal Academy, Bo
Team Members: Peter Oliver Ngeya, Abubakarr Moiwo, Christiana Yamie, and Elizabeth Mansaray
Mentor: Mr. Muana Rogers
Access to the internet is an utmost priority across all sectors, but it is still very expensive for people in Sierra Leone. Therefore, this group of students from Haikal Academy have challenged themselves to build a system that allows people in their community to access the internet for free using relatively cheap electronic and technological components. The goal of the project is to help Sierra Leoneans have access to the internet.