Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

We are delighted to announce that Dr Askwar Hilonga  has won the  first Africa Prize for Enginneering Innovation.

Dr Askwar Hilonga’s innovation – a sand-based water filter that cleans contaminated drinking water using nanotechnology – has earned him prize money of UK £25,000 (TZS 79 million). Dr Hilonga competed against three other finalists at the final pitch event held in Cape Town on 1 June 2015. 

The prize aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa.

Read more about the final and the winner in our press release.

  Africa Prize Winner Press Release


The 2015-2016 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is now closed for applications 

The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialisation support will be awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through a six month period of training and mentoring. Following this period of mentorship, finalists will be invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner will be selected to receive £25,000 along with runners-up who will be awarded £10,000 each. 


Dr Moses Musaazi, Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation judge and Siemens Stiftung Empowering People Award Winner


The Africa Prize is generously supported by The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund, Consolidated Contractors Company, ConocoPhillips and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

If you would like to know more or are interested in being involved please contact the Africa Prize team.