Innovate Salone 2016 Finalists

Contact: Mahmoud Javombo
Phone: +232-76-308-337


Freetown, Sierra Leone (July 30, 2016) – Global Minimum Inc. is proud to announce the 48 finalists for the fifth 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 1,000 students contributed to over 100 applications from all over Sierra Leone. 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 Sierra Leone.

Below are the 11 finalist projects with their associated schools, innovators, faculty mentors, and project description. Each finalist team will receive up to $100 to build a prototype for their solutions. They will also be exposed to a network of local and global mentors. All semifinalists will be invited to the Innovate Salone’s Celebration of Young Innovators Event to be held in their respective cities and the Innovation Camp in Freetown, where seed funding and feedbacks are provided respectively. Teams selected after the Innovation Camp could receive up to $500 to refine their prototypes over a course of one year.

Congratulations to our finalists!


Automatic Bluetooth and Call Device

School: St. Edward’s Secondary School, Freetown
Category: Engineering
Team Members: Brian Sankoh, Jeremiah Thoronka, Moses Conteh, Mohamed Turay, Mohamed M Bah
Mentors: Blain Walcott Taylor

The team from St. Edward’s Secondary School has a prototype of the bluetooth and call device. The device allows people to switch their appliances on and off away from home using GSM and Bluetooth communication.

Hands-on Agricultural Training for Students

School: Sierra Leone Grammar School, Freetown
Category: Agriculture
Team Members: Dalton Williams, James Ade Williams, Chinua Taylor Pearce, Arthur C Cole, Mohamed Lamin Turay
Mentors: Kalilu YG Brima

Drip irrigation layout is a method to supply water to plants in the field. The shortage of water in Freetown, for example, discourages urban farming because most crops need water to grow. This method encourages city dwellers to do both indoor and outdoor garden using irrigation 

Portable Windmill

School: Government Technical Secondary School, Freetown
Category: Energy
Team Members: Precious Wilkinson, Hinga A Arthur, Alhaji D Samura, Mathew George, Electrodial Clarkson, John Kipper
Mentors: No mention of mentors

As electricity continues to be the biggest challenge in Sierra Leone, youths continue to find solutions to solve this problem using models that have worked in other parts of the globe. Youths of Government Technical Secondary School intends to build a portable windmill that could power devices by harnessing the wind in Freetown.

Solar Powered Rechargeable Book

School: Annie Walsh Memorial School, Light Salone and Oswald Tech, Freetown
Category: Engineering
Team Members: Akiatu Thomas, Gifty Sesay, Salamatu Kamara, Hannah Gbla
Mentors: Mohamed Fullah, Oswald Dundas, Mustapha Umarr Lolleh

All three students intend to build a book that uses light so that students and nurses without access to electricity could use it to study and do entries for patients where there is no access to electricity. Innovate Salone has decided to bring the three students together so that they could all work together to build a prototype of their idea at the Innovation Lab.

School Garden

School: Sunday Foundation for Girls, Kenema
Category: Agriculture
Team Members: Fatmata A Bangura, Mabinti A Kamara, Aminata K Sillah
Mentors: No mention of mentors

Starting a school garden and sharing the initiative with other schools is a good way to inspire others in their areas to start putting lessons learnt in Agricultural Science into practice. The team intends the garden to serve as the main place for hands on Agricultural lessons not only for students in their schools, but also as a hub for other students around Kambia to benefit from the school garden.


School: Benevolent Secondary School, Makeni
Category: Agriculture
Team Members: Alie Dawoh, Adikalie Conteh, Mariama Kallon, Alie Turay
Mentors: No mention of mentors

Since most people within their community use wood as fuel for cooking, the impact is devastating and catastrophic especially with the impacts of climate change. Therefore, the team is planning to put mechanisms in place by planting more trees to solve the problem of deforestation in their community.

Local Fertilizer

School: The Door International Academy, Kenema
Category: Agriculture
Team Members: Abu Vandi, Mariama A Kamara, Anthony Kaikiai, Augustine Kabba, and Mohamed L Kabba
Mentors:  Abdul Koroma

The school has a large portion of land which we want to turn into an Agricultural Laboratory. The team intends to grow crops in the farmland while at the same time test the use of the local fertilizer that would be created by the team. With a successful testing in their school, they would teach other farmers to make their own fertilizer to improve their agricultural yield.

Chat Salone

School: Ansarul Islamic Secondary School, Kenema
Category: Information Technology
Team Members:  Bashiru Mansaray, Mohamed Jalloh, Abubakarr Mansaray
Mentors: Mr. Alie Kamara

Chat Salone will be Sierra Leone’s version of WhatsApp that can host more than 500 members. The plan of the team is to create a WhatsApp version for Sierra Leoneans for easy and effective communication.

Electricity to School Dormitory

School : Harford School for Girls, Moyamba
Category: Engineering
Team Members: Daniella M Kargbo, Isata Y Kambeh, Memunatu B Bendu, Fatmata N Abdulai, Mairose Konneh
Mentors: Isatu Aminata Peacock

Harford is a boarding home facility for girls in the Southern rural district of Moyamba. Like other rural areas in Sierra Leone, electricity is a challenge. Their school have access to electricity for only four hours at night between 7pm-11pm every day through the school generator. After 11pm, students could only rely on lights made in China to study, which not all can afford. The team therefore wants to build a system using car battery and other materials capable of powering their dormitories so that everyone could benefit and access electricity at night.

Cash Crops Production

School: Allawalie International Academy, Bo
Category: Agriculture
Team Members: Margaret Moseray, Tejan Jalloh, and Gabriel Banya
Mentors: Umarr Koroma

The team intends to grow cash crops in their school garden while at the same time encouraging students and youths in their community to participate in hands on agricultural learning.

Anti-Theft Alarm System

School : Saint Theresa Secondary School
Category: Engineering
Team Members: Aminata Boima, Abie Jalloh, Mustapha Fakondoh, Patrick Sivalie and Kamanda  Farma
Mentors: Sylvester Kanneh

With the high rate of crime in our community, particularly bulgary, this team is planning to build an affordable alarm device to alert owners and neighbors in case properties are breached. The goal is to build a system that discourages thieving.