Global Minimum Inc Announces Innovate Kenya April 2020 Finalists

 

Contact: Richy Bikko

Phone: 0792-486-014

Email: richy@gmin.org

Web: www.gmin.org

 

Global Minimum Inc. (GMin) is proud to announce the 31 finalists for the first round of the 2020 Innovate Kenya competition in Kenya.

Building on the success of past innovation challenges, this round we had over 260 youth who contributed to 86 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 11 finalist projects with their associated schools and project descriptions. Each finalist team will be invited to a 2-week virtual innovation camp from 22nd April – 5th May 2020 where they will undergo a series of design thinking training, leadership clinics, virtual community tours, and rigorous technical training and exploration in their area of interest. 

The finalist teams will participate in a virtual pitch event where they will exhibit and present their project prototypes developed during the innovation camp on Tuesday, 5th April 2020 via zoom. 

Congratulations to our finalists!

A.Environmental Pollution 

A wind-powered zero-emission vehicle that runs on wind energy transmitted through wires to power its movement thus eliminating fuel emissions. 

School: St. Theresa School

Location: Nairobi County

Category: Environment and Pollution 

Team Members: Andias Ruth, Sandra Akonya, Rebecca Wairimu, Andias McCreadie 

B. Daucer Project 

An application that connects residents with the water company in order to ease the access of the services they provide. 

School: St. Catherine’s Girls High School

Location: Uasin Gishu County

Category: Technology 

Team Members: Vallerie Koech, Lynn Onyango, Serah Ngendo, Mercy Menjo

C. Liquid Level Sensor 

An Arduino based automated gadget that senses sewer levels and sends signals real-time to the sewer company. This is meant to encourage a fast response to prevent sewer blockage and blow-ups. 

School: St. Catherine’s of Siena 

Location: Uasin Gishu County

Category: Environment and Pollution 

Team Members: Kimitei Jeptoo Doreen, Judy Kemunto Mose

 

D. IoT Based Smart Vigilance System

An application that utilizes the IoT technology to monitor the user’s home and alert them when their house is in danger. The application can be installed on the user’s phone.

School: Kanga High School 

Location: Migori County 

Category: Security

Team Members: Keith Brian, Phillip Oyoo, Maxwell Okoth

E. Biomass Energy Initiative 

A machine that uses bio-waste material to make charcoal briquettes as a substitute for wood fuel thus reducing deforestation in the country. 

School: Elite Senior School 

Location: Laikipia County

Category: Energy 

Team Members: George Karimi Karani, Victor Collins Kihara, Purity Muthoni Karaithi 

F. Solar Water Purifier 

A water purification method that utilizes the power of a solar panel to distil water thus making it safe to drink. The team anticipates that this will reduce diseases caused by drinking unclean water. 

School: Keriko Secondary School

Location: Nakuru County

Category: Water and Sanitation 

Team Members: Teresia Njeri, Francis Mathia

G. Kelvin Essence 

A steam distillation project that extracts limonene from orange peels. The limonene may be used for different industrial purposes, thus increasing orange farmer’s income.

School: Joytown Secondary School

Location: Kiambu County

Category: Food and Agriculture 

Team Members: James Mwangangi, Vincent Gaita, Kelvin Munala, Edison Ngure

 

H. Automatic Dustbin 

An automatic dustbin that uses ultrasonic sensors to detect approaching objects from a distance. This project aims to solve the problem of littering and pollution. 

School: Timbila Boys High School

Location: Taita Taveta County

Category: Environment and Pollution 

Team Members: Bright Brian, Raphael Kenny, John Mathenge, Gerevas Mghisha

I. Soilless Agritech

A hydroponics system that allows the farmer to monitor farm parameters through an Arduino. The team aims to prevent the problems farmers face when using soil such as pests and use of a lot of water.

School: Maryhill Girls High School

Location: Kiambu County

Category: Food and Agriculture 

Team Members: Barbra Wangui, Vrunda Patel 

         

J. Hydrogen Fuel Cell

A fuel cell made of hydrogen that electrolyses water to produce electricity that can be used for different purposes. The team aims to use this source of electricity in their community to perform tasks such as studying when it’s dark.

School: Enna Girls’ High School 

Location: Nairobi County

Category: Energy 

Team Members: Miriam Nabwire, Marcelynne Wanjiru, Shammila Akinyi

 

K. Fum-x-alerter

A liquid sensor placed on the beds and in the user’s clothes that sends an alert once wet thus preventing leakages.

School: Nembu Girls’ High School 

Location: Nairobi County

Category: Technology

Team Members: Mitchelle Wamaitha, Mary Waithera