Zambian innovator to exhibit at 2018 innovation summit


ZAMBIAN innovator Chifungu Samazaka of Recyclebot has been listed among 49 others from the African continent to exhibit their works at the 2018 Africa Innovation Summit. And Africa Innovation Summit director Olugbenga Adesida says it is heart-warming to see Africans engaged in finding solutions to the pressing challenges facing the continent.

Recyclebot LLC. is a mobile application technology company founded by Samazaka in 2018 with a vision to help communities sustainably add value to their waste and maintain clean and safe environments. With Recyclebot, waste management companies can integrate their mobile web assets and business systems into their branded mobile app on all smartphone platforms in minutes.

Samazaka has a nine-year track record of success in the software industry, having previously created a leading blockchain company from the ground up, delivering highly sophisticated, transaction based, point of sale (POS), loyalty and payment solutions for the banking and payments industry.

And Dr Adesida said Africans should actively participate in building innovation driven societies in Africa.

The AIS on Wednesday announced the innovators selected from across the continent to exhibit their solutions at the forum, taking place from June 6 to 8 in Kigali under the patronage of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Pedro Pires (ex-president of Cape Verde and 2011 Mo Ibrahim Laureate).

The AIS serves as a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue and a catalyst for coalition and action towards building robust innovative ecosystems in Africa.

AIS 2018 will focus on innovation as a tool to address Africa’s pressing challenges.

“It is heart-warming to see so many Africans engaged in trying to find solutions to the pressing challenges facing the continent. The hope which we have is to build the AIS into a platform that will support innovators, refine the ideas and scale them up across Africa and the world. Also important, we need all Africans, especially those with the power to act, to actively engage in building innovation driven societies in Africa,” said Dr Adesida.

According to AIS, an important aspect of this year’s summit will focus on profiling and supporting solutions that are already examples of how Africa is addressing her challenges with new and innovative thinking. As such, AIS 2018 Innovation Track and Exhibition is an integral part of the Summit.

The exhibition will showcase homegrown innovations on the continent.

Below are some of the AIS 2018 innovators:

Pidson Abaho, PedalTap, Uganda
James Dick, Food Security for Everyone, South Africa
Victor Shikoli, HYDROIQ, Kenya
Immanuel Hango, Chlorine Production Using Solar Energy, Namibia
Venuste Kubwimana, School Water Kiosks, Rwanda
Emmanuel Noah, BenBen, Ghana
Carlos dos Santos, IGRPWeb 1.0, Cape Verde
Jackline Kemigisa, Parliament Watch Uganda, Uganda
Chifungu Samazaka, Recyclebot, Zambia
Clement Mokoenene, Vehicle Energy Harvesting System (VEHS), South Africa
Bryan Mwangi, Pyro-Degrade Waste Management Solutions, Kenya
Simbarashe Mhuriro, Oxygen Energy Commercial Rooftop Solar Solutions, Zimbabwe
Tony Nyagah, Strauss Energy, Kenya
Ahmed Abbas, SunCity, Egypt
Zachary Mbuthia, Prosol Limited, Kenya
Zuko Mandlakazi Senso, South Africa
James Makumbi, the EpiTent, Uganda
Joan Nalubega, Union-Ganics (Uganics), Uganda
Dougbeh-Chris Nyan, The Nyan-Test, Liberia
Atef Ali, Sign Heroes, Egypt

According to AIS, applications were accepted in one of three categories; either idea stage, ready to commercialize (minimal viable product) or ready to scale. The focus is on innovators who are tackling the challenges in Water and Sanitation, Food Security and Agriculture, Healthcare, Governance and Energy.

Over 600 innovation submissions were received from 44 African countries. AIS has partnered with Enterpriseroom, a transformation consultancy specializing in starting, sustaining, and accelerating enterprises, to drive the sourcing and selection process.

Enterpriseroom chief executive officer Tracey Webster said the evaluation process was thorough.

“The evaluation process was extremely thorough, and we are grateful for the valuable support of a panel of 25 leading African experts from across all sectors and regions, who served as evaluators in the review process. We ensured that we had French speaking sector experts vetting the francophone countries to ensure that every application received an equal chance in the process,” said Webster.

Other key sponsors of the summit include the government of Rwanda, the government of Cabo Verde, the European Union, Luxembourg, African Development Bank, Development Bank of Southern Africa, NEPAD, UNDP and Accenture

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