Initiated by the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) six years ago, the IPA, in celebrating it's sixth anniversary with the theme "African Innovation: Investing in Prosperity", has released it's top ten finalists to contend for this years award.
The initiative, which is the most celebrated innovation event in Africa seeks to support African innovators, and increase Africa's prosperity through investing in homegrown innovations and entrepreneurs.
The IPA 2017 Awards Ceremony and Innovations Systems Connector will hold on the 17th and 18th of July, this year with Ghana as the host country.
The Nominees (and their projects) are:
1. Gift Gana - Dr. CADx, ZImbabwe
A software solution that helps doctors diagnose medical images accurately, Dr CADx is designed to work in low-resource settings with little or no internet connectivity thereby opening it up for use in the rural settings in Africa.
2. Phillipa Ngaju Makobore - ECGF, Uganda
The Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set(ECGF) is a medical device that is designed to administer intravenous fluids and drugs. The device controls the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.
3. Olanisun Olufemi Adewole- Sweat TB test, Nigeria
Sweat TB Test is a rapid diagnostic test to detect tuberculosis.
4. Dougbeh-Chris Nyan - New Technology for Rapid Detection of Many Infections using Only One Test, Liberia
The device can detect and simultaneously differentiate at least three to seven infections at the same time within 10 to 40 minutes.
5. Aly El-Shafei- SEMAJIB, Egypt
The Smart ElectroMechanical Actuator Journal Integrated Bearing, is a smart bearing which is versatile and can change it's characteristics as it operated. The device is designed to be used to support energy generating turbines and can be used to improve efficiency and reduce costs of generating energy in Africa.
6. Badr Idriss- Atlan Space, Morocco
Atlan space develops software technology that is deployed to manage the operations of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
7. Nzola Swasisa- Lokole, Democratic Republic of Congo
Lokole enables access to efficient email communication anywhere with cheap cellular coverage.
8. Omolabake Adenike- Voice Recognition and Speech Synthesis Software for African Languages, Nigeria
This is a software solution that can understand and digitise spoken African languages and synthesise speech from African languages presented as digitised text. This innovation opens up opportunities for Africans to interact with hardware devices and digital services.
9. Nokwethy Khojane- Lakheni, South Africa
A social and business model innovation, Lakheni seeks to aggregate low-income households into buying groups in order to negotiate discounts for supplied goods and services.
10. Peris Bosire - FarmDrive, Kenya
FarmDrive has developed a mobile phone-based application that collects data and provides an alternative risk assessment model for smallholder farmers.
IPA offers a Grand prize of $100,000, Second prize of $25,000, a Special Prize for Social Impact $25,000 and other incentives.