Kenya and Uganda contestants win Singularity University East Africa challenge

SingularityU East Africa has announced the winners of the inaugural Global Impact Challenge (GIC) in the region, a competition launched on February 13, 2017 in partnership with ICT Authority, Kenya and the East Africa Community.

The SingularityU East Africa GIC was open to applicants from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania. The challenge was an open call to innovators to come up with moonshot innovations to pressing global grand challenges such as: energy, environment, food, shelter, space, water, disaster resilience, governance, health, learning, prosperity and security.

(TOP: The three winners pose with their certificates).

The winners include Alvin Kabwama of Urisaf Healthcare Kit (Uganda, first place:), Elisha Bwatuti of Shamba Sensor (Kenya, first place), and Denis Sigei of Smart Water System (Kenya, first runners-up:).

The three winners from Kenya and Uganda were awarded a prize to attend Singularity University’s transformational Global Solutions Program (GSP) in Silicon Valley this summer of 2017. Upon returning to East Africa after the 9 week GSP, they will have the opportunity to develop their project, supported by the SingularityU’s alumni network and mentors in East Africa.

The fourth and sixth place finalists benefit by having access to a cadre of mentors and coaches who will follow them in the start-up phase of their project.

The jury consisted of of representatives from Singularity University, ICT Authority, Kenya Open Data Initiative, Craft Silicon, as well as senior representatives of the entrepreneurship, business or innovation community.

Singularity University (SU) is a global learning and innovation community which uses exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all. SU’s collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology.

Global Impact Challenges (GICs) are annual competitions created by Singularity University and held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide to find solutions to global grand challenges. GICs serve as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists, and engineers with the most innovative ideas for positively impacting millions of lives locally and globally within the next 3-5 years. Since 2010, Singularity University has worked with partners to host 94 Global Impact Challenges in 38 countries, awarding 121 winners with fully sponsored seats at the Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program (GSP) in Silicon Valley.

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