The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced that the application phase for the fourth Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is now open. Individuals and small teams living and working in sub-Saharan Africa, and who have an engineering innovation, are invited to enter. Potential entrants can find more information here. The deadline for entries is 24 July 2017.
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 a period of mentorship, finalists are invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.
The winner of the third edition of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation was announced this week in Nairobi with the prize going to Godwin Benson of Nigeria whose innovation – Tuteria – was selected as the best among the 16 projects that were nominated as finalists.
The runners-up were Andre Nel from South Africa with GreenTower Microgrid system, Hindu Nabulumba from Uganda with Yaaka Digital Learning Network and Kelvin Gacheru from Kenya with his Mobi-Water system.
The Africa Prize – whose application details are available here – is supported by Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund, Consolidated Contractors Company, Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Africa Prosperity Fund, ConocoPhillips and Mo Ibrahim Foundation.