April 2018 Innovate Kenya Finalists


Contact: Richy Bikko
Phone: 070-179-1002
Email: info@gmin.org
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Global Minimum Inc. is proud to announce the 34 finalists for the first 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 300 students contributed to 90 applications from all over Kenya. These secondary students proposed ideas and projects that solve tangible problems in their communities. The applications demonstrated passion and drive that make 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 April 8th – April 14th, 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, April 14th, 2018.

Congratulations to our finalists!

A. Hydraulic Hydroelectric Pump
A solar-powered machine that enables the production of hydroelectric power in rivers. The machine operates using electromagnetic principles to increase the Kinetic energy in the river yielding significant electricity from relatively small rivers and high electricity from larger rivers.

School: Pumwani Boys High School
Location: Nairobi County
Category: Energy
Team Members: Emmanuel Mulengwa & Stephen Karogo

B. My Trans Toto App
A mobile application for schools and parents that will enhance efficient pick-up and drop-offs for commuting students. The application will ensure parents can track their children on their way to and from school and the schools can notify the parents when their students are picked from school.

School: Menengai High School
Location: Nakuru County
Category: Housing & Transport
Team Members: Mahfudh Omar, Hiram Kimaku, Abdallah Ali Moor.

C. Farsight
Farsight is a holographic display technology solution that will assist doctors to examine their patients. The imaging system will provide a clear visualization of patients’ structure before surgery increasing chances of successful surgery while saving time.

School: Nova Pioneer Boys
Location: Kiambu County
Category: Healthcare
Team Members: Austin Wangahu, Neville Wambichi & Stephen Mukiri.

D. Team Croton
The team is commercializing the Croton tree by using croton nuts to produce biodiesel. The community will also benefit from the high protein animal feeds and Nitrogen-rich fertilizer made from croton nuts.

School: Mubere Secondary School
Location: Trans-Nzoia
Category: Agriculture & Energy
Team Members: Samuel Bahati, Peter Simiyu, Dennis Tum & Shadrack Barasa,

A mobile application that aims to reduce road accidents caused by reckless drivers in Kenya. The app, once installed, gives the user the ability to report the reckless driver to the relevant authorities while maintaining anonymity.

School: Precious Blood Riruta
Location: Nairobi County
Category: Transport
Team Members: Stephanie Shiyenze, Grace Hellaine, Cynthia Bonareri & Mercy Kemunto

F. University Knowledge
An application that gives students access to a database of all universities, their entry requirements and available courses with their details. The app will increase awareness among students leading to informed choices regarding their higher education.

School: Nova Pioneer Girls
Location: Kiambu County
Categories: Education
Team Members: Stephanie Rono & Shirmim Mwangemi

G. Wildlife Sniffer Fence
A system that monitors the movement of wildlife out of the park using photocells and a weighbridge. The system notifies a rapid response team whenever an animal leaves the park. The sniffer fence will help eliminate conflict between humans and wildlife and increase wildlife conservation.

School: Maranda High School
Location: Siaya County
Category: Wildlife
Team Members: Lennox Tweyo, Collins Obota, Pessy Margaret & Ann Onyango

H. Electric Arc Furnace
An environment-friendly way to recycle steel using carbon electrodes. The solution will reduce industrial pollution by toxic gases like sulfur dioxide.

School: Agape Hope School
Location: Nairobi County
Category: Environment
Team Members: Amos Otieko, Millenium Zisaga & Shadrack Omuriai
Faculty Mentors: Mr Moses Kerumba

I. M-naswa
A mobile application that aims to eradicate tax-related fraud in the government to boost the country’s economy. Through the app, revenue authorities can track their transactions within the country and in foreign markets, and keep financial records of all working adults.

School: Precious Blood Riruta
Category: Governance
Team Members: Robert Aziza, Winnie Nzuve
Faculty Mentors:

J. Solar-Powered Water Purifier
A water purifier that utilizes the UV-rays in sunlight to eliminate microbes in water, making it safe for consumption. The solution is suitable for a wide range of settings including rural areas, cities and areas without access to electricity.

School: Loreto Convent Msongari
Category: Water & Sanitation
Team Members: Pauline Muthoka & Amal Latiff
Faculty Mentor: Maxwell Ondeyo

K.Ideal App
A mobile application that links young entrepreneurs to potential investors in the market. The app will promote information and idea sharing among communities and encourage people to build solutions to challenges they face.

School: Riruta Satellite
Location: Nairobi County
Category: Entrepreneurship and Employability
Team Members: Frank Kinuthia, Sharon Juma, Stella Adhiambo

L. Indomitable Blind Aid
A cane aid for the blind that will help them navigate by detecting obstructions in their way.The cane will use advanced sensors to communicate to the user and will be customized to the user’s preference.

School: Nembu Girls High School
Location: Nairobi County
Category: Healthcare
Team Members: Georgina Wanja, Gloria Zawadi & Angela Mwai
Faculty Mentors: Mr Micheni