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Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 Finalists Announced

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The finalists for the innovation prize for Africa 2014 has been announced. The 10 Finalists who emerged from a pool of 4000 applicants from 42 countries will be present for the Award ceremony of the winner in Abuja come May. The award ceremony will have Nigeria’s coordinating minister of the Economy and Finance minister asNgozi Okonjo-Iweala as Keynote speaker.

The finalists  include:

Farmking Mobile Multi-crop Processor (Nigeria)

The innovation uses centrifugal forces to process cassava, sweet potatoes, soy, she-nuts, grains and cereals. It helps to separate the tubers from liquid, particles and impurities/toxic elements. The extractor is designed to replace the present crude fermentation and pressing technology which is extremely slow and wasteful and offers limited output and profitability. The extractor reduces a process that normally takes 3 – 4 days into a 5 minute process offering higher quality product outputs

OculusID Impairment Screening (South Africa)

The OculusID Impairment Screening device is designed to measure pupil response to light emissions. The pupil response can then be measured against pre-determined benchmarks. These benchmarks are applied to measure substance abuse, physiological defects and even fatigue. The device is a far less invasive procedure than existing methods.

Domestic Waste Biogas System (Kenya)

The Domestic Waste Biogas System is a new type of biogas digester which utilizes any material capable of decomposing instead of relying on animal dung to generate gas. Materials that can be used include dirty water, leftover food, spoiled grain, and vegetable and fruit peelings. This makes biogas usable even by households that cannot afford animals.

GMP Traceability Management Software CC (South Africa)

This software is programmed to capture, store and trace data about livestock and enables data to be captured in real-time. The data is linked to the unique visual ear tag and stored on the system/remote server.

WinSenga (Uganda)

This innovation is a low-cost mobile phone based antenatal diagnosis kit that captures foetal heart beat sounds and provides diagnosis which is sent to the mother through SMS. The data can also be uploaded to cloud storage.

Foufoumix (Togo)

This is a device designed to replace the mortar and pestles used in preparing the popular West African dish, foufou. The “FOUFOUMIX ” is a small electrical food processor that allows generates discreet, quick and hygienic foufou in 8 minutes, substantially reducing the amount of time needed to prepare the dish, while also enhancing the hygienic conditions during production.

Altis Osteogenic Bone Matrix (Altis OBM™) (South Africa)

Altis OBM is the world’s first injectable bone-graft product containing a complex mix of various bone growth compounds derived from porcine (pig). It is used to stimulate the host’s own tissue regeneration system in a way that leads to the healing of a fracture or bone void, much in the same way as occurs in a normal unassisted fracture healing processes.

Horticultural tele irrigation (Niger)

The Horticultural Tele-Irrigation system is a technological process that allows growers to remotely control their market garden irrigation system through a mobile or landline regardless of geographic location.

Aybar BBM (Ethiopia)

The Aybar BBM is a low-cost farming device that can be used by farmers to plough fields that are usually waterlogged and helps them easily drain the water. This turns soils or fields that were otherwise unavailable for farming into high yielding fields.

WaferMatTM (South Africa)

WaferMatTM is a tasty paediatric formulation of ARV therapy in the form of a wafer that dissolves within 3 seconds of being placed in the mouth. The wafer makes the process of administering the drug to children easier and also makes absorption more efficient.

Everyone at Spectacles congratulats the finalists.

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