Arthur Zang, Cameroon, WINNER
The Cardio-Pad is a medical tablet that allows any medical professional to conduct heart examinations quickly and without expensive equipment. The Cardio-Pad produces a digitised electrocardiogram (ECG) to assess heart conditions and a patient’s heartbeat. Results are sent by a mobile phone network to a cardiologist, who can interpret the data and send their diagnosis and instructions back to the local doctor or nurse within 20 minutes.
Edmand Aijuka, Uganda, FINALIST
Electricity theft has a massive cost to society, causing financial losses and disrupting access to power for homes and businesses. Kamata, meaning ‘to seize’ is a prevention system that alerts regional utility centres when power is being tampered with or manipulated. Built into household power metres, it sends the location, metre number and type of interference. The utility centre can seize control, cut off the power and alert authorities and then remotely restore power after the incident is resolved. Kamata is designed and developed by Kamata Online Protection (KOP) Services Limited and has so far launched two products to the market: Kamata single-phase solution and a three-phase version to cater for industrial power consumers.
Matt Wainwright and team, South Africa, FINALIST
Standard Microgrid is a self-contained, community-managed renewable power grid that can be deployed anywhere at a standard cost. Rather than paying a utility company for electricity by the kilowatt unit, a local Microgrid manger is provided simple tools to manage the grid and distribute subscription credit to connected community members. Power generated is stored in batteries and supply and demand is balanced to ensure reliability and eliminate electricity waste. The system is low-maintenance and robust, making it ideal for rural African electrification.
Felix Kimaru, Kenya, FINALIST
Totohealth, meaning baby health, guides parents through pregnancy and childhood by sending vital maternal and child health information via text message. Twice a week parents receive information on nutrition, immunisation, hygiene, breastfeeding, family planning and childhood diseases. Designed to solve a problem Kimaru’s own family had faced, Totohealth helps parents to identify abnormalities and advises on milestones and changes to expect in infants and toddlers. Parents are registered for the service by hospitals, clinics, community workers or NGOs.
Werner Swart, South Africa
The Drylobag is a heavy-duty plastic bag designed to dry and store grain, without the need for expensive silo infrastructures. The Drylogbag prevents loss of stock from grain going mouldy by reducing the grain temperature and drying it evenly, even in the high humidity typical of Africa’s most fertile regions. This enables farmers to harvest earlier, which reduces the risk of weather damage and crops being eaten by wildlife, and helps farmers get crops to market sooner.
Kahitouo Hien, Burkina Faso
In Burkina Faso, half the population live below the poverty line. FasoPro makes nutritional products from ‘chitoumou’ caterpillars, which feed on the Shea tree. Traditionally harvested for only three months of the year, FasoPro has developed a breeding system to ensure a year-round supply of the caterpillars. They produce a powdered meal supplement that is rich in Omega 3 and three times higher in protein than beef. This combats malnutrition and helps to protect Shea trees by making communities more aware of their value.
Taita Ngetich, Kenya
Illuminum Greenhouses use solar panel and sensor technology to create a controlled environment for growing crops. The sensors collect data on temperature, humidity and soil moisture and send this to farmers via text message, allowing them to monitor and regulate their greenhouse, including turning irrigation on and off, without having to be on the farm. The system works on all types of phones and the use of solar power makes Illuminum ideal for rural areas with poor access to energy.
Mechanical Cassava Harvester
Professor Emmanuel Bobobee, Ghana
The labour intensity of cassava harvesting is the biggest constraint to its commercial production. The Mechanical Cassava Harvester is an affordable tractor-mounted mechanical tool which turns up the soil to expose the root vegetable without damaging it. It takes five to ten minutes to harvest one cassava plant by hand, depending on the softness of the soil. The mechanical harvester can uproot one plant every second.
Bukhary Kibonajoro, Tanzania
Okoa, which means to save, is a web-based monitoring software designed to combat the theft of medical supplies across the Tanzanian hospital network. By monitoring medicine inventories at the national medical store and in hospitals, and reporting discrepancies to the Ministry of Health, it cuts healthcare costs and helps ensure medicines are available to those who need them.
Olufemi Odeleye, Nigeria
Tryctor is a three-wheeled mini-tractor based on a motorbike. Using low-cost local components, it is easy to maintain, efficient and simple to operate. The Tryctor is manufactured in Nigeria and provides affordable mechanisation to smallholder farmers and cooperatives. Its size-to-power ratio makes it a multipurpose vehicle which can be used to transport goods, and can even generate power.
Brian Bosire, Kenya
UjuziKilimo, meaning knowledge farming, measures soil characteristics to help farmers understand and quantify soil qualities. Information is collected by an electronic sensor in the ground, and sent for analysis to a central database, which collects agricultural information from research institutions, universities, and financial markets. Farmers receive a text message with a guide on the soil, and personalised advice on preferred crop breeds, pest control, current market value of crops, tools required and where to find them.