According to Wikipedia ; Innovation can be defined simply as a “new idea, device or method”. However, innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs. Africa innovations needs fairly recognition and well marketed in the world market. We have sons and daughters in Africa who are thinking out of the box , thriving by all means to break the ground and erasing the darkness our continent used to be painted before. Khaled Shady, a 22 year-old Egyptian student and a group of computer engineering students at Menoufia University, Egypt developed Mubser which is navigational aid tool designed for visually-impaired people. It is a wearable belt with a Bluetooth-connected headset that guides blind people to move and navigate around common obstacles such as walls, chairs and staircases in a safe and easy way. Mubser recognizes these obstacles by leveraging on RGB imaging and infrared depth data captured by a 3D depth camera and quickly notifies the user through an inbuilt audio device and vibration motor. Neil du Preez , South African serial entrepreneur developed Mellowcab -high-tech electric pedicabs manufactured from recycled materials. These vehicles primarily provide first and last mile public transport in urban areas, thereby filling the gap for commuters who need micro transport within a 3 km radius. Mellowcabs have the ability to provide more than 100km of transport per day and feature cutting edge technologies like regenerative braking, Hydrogen fuel cells, illuminated body panels, human powered charging and on-board tablet computers which feature Mellowcab’s own proprietary software which includes augmented reality facility, geo-activation advertising and full social media integration features.The Cardiopad was invented by Arthur Zang, a 26 year-old Cameroonian.The Cardiopad is a touch screen medical tablet that enables heart examinations such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) to be performed at remote, rural locations while the results of the test are transferred wirelessly to specialists who can interpret them. The device spares African patients living in remote areas the trouble of having to travel to urban centers to seek medical examinations.
Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda,came up with a multi-purpose tractor called the MV Mulimi at the University’s Agricultural Research Institute. The three-wheel mobile innovation is made out of a combination of wood and steel, and has several functions other than ploughing fields and transporting farm produce.The MV Mulimi also pumps water for irrigation, threshes maize and can charge phones.The tractor can pump water from depths of up to seven metres to a radius of 33 metres, it can thresh half a ton of maize in an eight-hour shift and its wheelbase allows it to carry up to two tons of produce. The MV Mulimi comes with a three-disc plough, which will save farmers time and stress as the tractor’s plough is faster and easier to use. Africa future is bright. Prince Muta and Isaac Washa are graduates from the University of Malawi who recently designed a mobile security system that alerts users with a text message whenever there is an intruder or fire at their homes. The increase in number of fire out breaks and cases of breaking and entry in Malawi, Muta, a graduate of journalism, and Washa, a graduate of electrical engineering were moved to design and develop the app out of empathy and a need to change things. The software innovation works by installation and registration; once the software is installed in the home of a user, the person’s phone number(s) is then registered into the system. The software sends mobile alert to the owners once there is a fire outbreak, or an intruder in the house. The system works on every type of phone and is not barred by distance. The user can receive alerts anywhere they are, so long there is a proper network on their phone. The software was also developed with a set of backup batteries so the absence of electricity does not hamper work-ability. Everyday users of mobile phone technology are sometimes blissfully unaware that the Please Call Me service was invented in Africa. The service allows users who have no airtime to send a Please Call Me text message to any number to alert the receiver that they wish to be called back. While there has been some dispute as to who exactly invented the service, the fact remains that it was either created by an employee of Vodacom South Africa. Kenneth Nkosana Makate is a South African who invented the “Please Call Me” concept. Makate shared the concept with his employer .Vodacom started the Please Call Me service in 2001. Nzola Swasisa from Democratic Republic of Congo came with a device called Lokole. Lokole, is a device that enables access to efficient email communication anywhere with cellular coverage at a price that is one hundred to one thousand times cheaper than accessing email via regular cellular bandwidth costs. Lokole achieves this firstly by creating a shareable local area network where up to a hundred users within a 25 meters’ radius can access the network and share the costs. Secondly, it contains advanced algorithms that compress email and also schedules uploads and downloads of data to when data bundles costs are at their cheapest. Costs per user could be as little as $0.01/person/day. More than 71% of the African population doesn’t have access to efficient communications. Lokole solves this communication problem and enables many communities to access efficient communication for the first time. Applications of Lokole include: health (remote-doctor), education (remote-teacher), commerce (purchase orders via email), business (attachment documents) and many more.
I encourage young Africans never stop dreaming new solutions for our continent. As Africans we are the prescriptions to our challenges. We need more of our people to birth new inventory and innovations. In that harsh environment you can come up with ideas which can set our people free. Richard Turere is a young Maasai man who lived in
the wilderness of the Kenya savanna, on the edge of a national park full of rhino, giraffe, buffalo and lions. Since he was 9, Richard has held the honored chore of tending his father’s cattle; in his free time, he tinkered with electrical gadgets. After dismantling the few household appliances, Richard taught himself how to fix them, and then
he started inventing. He fit his parents’ home with fans made from car parts and other junkyard components harvested from junkyards, then built other inventions for his neighbors.Now 13, he is renowned for inventing “lion lights,” a fence made of basic pieces (solar charging cells, flashlight parts), which quickly and effectively scares lions
away from his father’s cattle.
The purpose is the discovery of a reason for your existence and is defined as the original intent for the creation of a thing and your purpose is key to your passion.Your strengths of breakthrough in every area of passion is stored in your God’s given ordained gifts. Africa is destined for greatness. We have many innovators please never give up.Never allow yourself to be destructed from your passion.Destruction is the enemy of distinction.They will be things trying to bring you down. Go for that idea ,Africa and entire World need it.
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