Innovate Salone 2015 Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 8th, 2015

CONTACT: Elli Suzuki
Chief Operating Officer

Innovate Salone Announces 2015 Finalists

Cambridge, MA – Innovate Salone, the flagship program of Global Minimum (GMin) is proud to announce the finalist teams for the 2015 Innovation Challenge.

GMin representatives visited 150 secondary schools across all 12 districts in Sierra Leone. More than 750 secondary school students contributed to 150 applications to the competitions. All of these students submitted ideas that propose solutions to tangible problems in their communities that are needed for improved future in Sierra Leone.

Below are the 10 selected projects with their associated schools, student innovators, category, and project description. 60% of the selected projects this year are related to energy while the remaining 40% are related to waste management, reinforcing the fact that these two areas require urgent innovations in Sierra Leone.

Each finalist team will be invited to the Celebration of Young Innovators (CYI) event scheduled for Wednesday, September 9th – Friday, September 11, 2015 where finalist teams will work with the Innovate Salone team.  Seed funding requested by the selected teams will be also provided during the event.

Mini Hydro Electric Plant

School – Saint Edwards Secondary School, Freetown
Team Members – Brian Sankoh, Moses Moore Conteh, Mohamed M Bah and Jeremiah Sankoh
Category – Energy

The Saint Edwards team intends to build a mini hydroelectric plant making use of a river in their community. The mini hydro electric plant will produce electricity about 220 volts which can help power streetlights. Most of the materials used for this project will be found easily in their community. The construction is cost effective and easy to maintain.

Solar Poles Indoor Electricity

School: Holy Trinity Senior Secondary School, Kenema
Team Members: Mohamed Allieu, Joseph F Kallon, Jamukoh Lamin, Gallia Kallon and Garmoh Alhaji
Category: Energy

The Holy Trinity Innovation Club wants to leverage the use of streetlights to power their classrooms at night. Solar poles are provided by Government at strategic locations within Kenema. Meanwhile, household power supply is still a huge challenge. Therefore, those bright solar poles are the spots for students to study outdoors at night. The plan is to use the poles as a source of electricity for four classrooms avoiding the risks of studying outdoors. Also, it is almost impossible to witness power cuts using solar light as opposed to the Government supplied electricity, which has intermittent power supply as one of its hallmark.

Biomass Briquette

School: Annie Walsh Memorial School, Freetown
Team Members: Jasonta Coker, Catherine Alim Sesay, and Paula Betty Nyangba
Category: Energy and Waste Management

The Annie Walsh team wants to manage the waste at the community level by creating biomass briquette from waste and using it as a source of fuel for cooking. Biomass briquette are brick shaped organic materials made from discarded matter such as papers, groundnut peels, wood shavings/saw dusts which are mixed together at a predetermined ratio, compressed and dried, to be used as a source of fuel, and a reliable and suitable substitute for charcoal and firewood.

Effective Waste Management

School: United Methodist Senior Secondary School, Makeni
Team Members: Aminata E Turay, Susan Conteh, Mohamed Kallon, and Abubakarr Bundu
Category: Waste Management

The United Methodist team has decided to mobilize resources within and around them to be able to contribute meaningfully to the development of Sierra Leone and particularly Makeni city. Poor waste management system is one of the toughest challenges that Sierra Leone face as a country. Makeni municipality is no exception. A good waste management system enhances the health condition of people living in a country, city or community.

New Irrigation Method

School: Modern School of Science, Makeni
Team Members: Mohamed Foday Sesay, Yirah Brima Kargbo, Ibrahim Abdul Bangura, Martha Mummy Sesay, and Albert Ketima Kamara
Category: Agriculture

The Modern School of Science team is working on a new irrigation mechanism that is used for irrigation of about one to more hectares of a backyard garden using a flexible and cost effective method. It comprises a household water supply system (tap), rubber pipes, large polythene pipes to serve as a junction for all pipes through which water easily exit. Due to the hard labor involved in taking care of crops especially when watering crops and vegetables, many people including the young do not want to bother themselves with the traditional, manual, and strenuous watering system. As a result, there is a drastic reduction in crops and vegetables.

Battery-powered Generator

School: The Awada School, Bo
Team Members: David Jakema, Jonathan K Williams, Victor AA Berewa, Christian A Kamara and Alfred SM Williams
Category: Energy

The Awada School Innovation Club intends to build a generator that will be powered by battery instead of the traditional method of using fuel to power the generator. This system will not only be cost effective considering the availability of the materials, but we also hope to replicate it in four communities in Bo cities for wide scale result. The Awada School team observed that there are downsides to the electricity situation in Sierra Leone and believe that they ought to take action as students passionate to solve problems using Innovation.

Locally-designed Solar Panel

School: Government Secondary School (Bo School), Bo
Team Members: Peter Alie, Mohamed B Kallon, James Abu and Joseph S Momoh
Category: Energy

The Bo School team is working on a locally-designed solar panel. The idea was borne out of the fact that the team was affected by the intermittent power supply, which to a large extent has affected the learning process in Sierra Leone. Their goal is to make electricity affordable and less expensive. The solar panel will be built using mostly local materials that are cheap, available, and accessible to everyone.

Plastic Weaving

School: Saint Francis Secondary School, Makeni
Team Members: James Turay, Marina F Kamara, Rugiatu Kalokoh, and Fatmata Koroma
Category: Waste Management and Art

The Saint Francis team has come up with an idea to put the plastic wastes into good use by collecting used plastic bottles and bags to create shoes, bags, key holders, floor/table mats and other household items. The team came up with this idea because they observed that plastic bottles and bags are covering up most of the landfills in Sierra Leone and it is presently the highest number of waste materials causing detrimental effects to the environment.

Afforestation and Waste Management

School: Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Bo
Team Members: Monjama V Kanneh, Adama CR Mandoh, Hawa Lansana, Mamie K Swaray, and Kadiatu S Jalloh
Category: Waste Management and Environment

Deforestation and waste management, especially plastic, is a huge problem for residents in Bo City. The Queen of the Rosary team intends to transform this plastic waste into a usable product with huge potential of beautifying their surrounding while at the same time planting trees lost by deforestation. The plastic will be collected and filled with compost where trees and other flowers will be nursed thereby effectively managing waste in the city.

Waste Utility Generator

Oswald Tech – Freetown
Team Members: Oswald Dundas, Orlando Kamara and Ibrahim Dumbuya
Category: Energy

Electricity problem is a concern to majority of Sierra Leoneans; Oswald Tech intends to build a generator that they have named “waste utility generator”. It generates electricity using papers, plastics, etc. Alternatively, coal and wood can be used as fuels to generate power between 4.5 – 24 volts depending on the heat produce. The generator provides electricity for small gadgets while at the same time managing waste in the community.