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UoN student shortlisted for the African Prize for Engineering Innovation

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Taita Ngetich, 5th year, Mechanical Engineering explains how Mkulima Hodari works.

Taita Ng’etich, a 5th year, Mechanical Engineering has been shortlisted for the 2015/2016 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation by the Royal Academy of Engineering, for his innovation.

The innovation is a solar powered greenhouse automation system with sensors that monitor temperature, humidity and soil moisture and regulates water through the drip lines. The innovation is among the twelve innovations being presented at the Africa Prize.

The Africa Prize, now in its second year, is Africa’s largest award dedicated to engineering innovation. It covers all engineering disciplines from mechanical, civil and computing to agricultural, biomedical, oil and gas, mining and electronics.

The twelve engineering entrepreneurs will be encouraged and supported to grow a business from their innovation through six months of training and money-can’t-buy mentoring from business development and engineering experts. An overall winner will be announced in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in May 2016. The winner will receive £25,000, with £10,000 awarded to two runners up.

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation was established to celebrate innovation in Africa and highlight the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. It 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.

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Anonymous (not verified) wrote:

Tue, 2015-11-10 14:04

Hello Mr Taita kudos for the good work, the current generation is faced with a shortfall in innovativeness most of us do copy but you decided to be different. Be blessed. Thanks