The creators of three new social innovations — a device for detecting malaria, a portable science lab (science set), and a glove that translates sign-language — were named the grand-prize winners at the recent ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) in Nairobi, Kenya, which was the second of three regional ISHOWs the Society is holding this spring.
A total of 10 teams presented their inventions at ISHOW Kenya, which was held May 25 in Nairobi at the Golden Tulip Westlands Nairobi Hotel. The 10 ISHOW Kenya finalists presented prototypes of their hardware-led innovations to a panel of judges and advisors that included entrepreneurs, academics and founders of venture-funded startup companies. The three grand-prize winners — who hail from Uganda, Ghana and Kenya — will share in more than $500,000 in cash prizes and in-kind technical support, including an extensive design and engineering review of their products.
Charles Antipem of Ghana, is the inventor of Science Set, and was adjudged one of the three grand prize winners. The Science set is an inexpensive, portable and highly scalable science lab that can fit in a student’s bag or on a desk top. With the affordable mini-science lab, Antipem and his team hope to transform the state of education in Ghana and the rest of Africa by making the kit widely available to students, which in turn will hopefully show them first-hand that science can be both fun and exciting.
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Read about the other winners here
Watch the science set video below.