Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
We are delighted to announce the 2015/2016 shortlist
Read more about the shortlist, and the innovations which got them to this stage in the Africa Prize in our press release.
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 is 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 each be awarded £10,000.
Meet Dr Askwar Hilonga the first winner of the 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.
Read more about the final and the winner in our press release.
On 1 December 2015 Dr Hilonga was invited to participate in the inaugural Pitch@Palace Africa held at St James' Palace in London, founded by the Duke of York, Alico Dangote and H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo and he was selected as the overall winner!
The Africa Prize is generously supported by The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund, Consolidated Contractors Company, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Africa Prosperity Fund, 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.