Connect with us

Entrepreneurs

Young Kenyan engineer goes for top Africa prize in innovation

Kelvin Gicheru who has invented a mobile solution tackling water challenges in Kenya stands to win Sh3.3 million

Published

on

Kelvin Gacheru , the Kenyan entrepreneur behind Mobi-Water mobile solution.

Kenya’s Kelvin Gacheru’s has been shortlisted for the for the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation set to take place on 23rd May, 2017 in Nairobi for the first time.

Kevin’s innovation is Mobi-Water, a smart solar-powered water monitoring system.

The water resource engineer designed the Mobi-Water system to enable water tank owners to monitor and control the water levels in their tanks from any location using their mobile phones.

Mobi-Water sends a text message alert to up to 10 mobile numbers when water levels drop below a certain point. Users can remotely open and close valves and pumps if they want to refill the tank or redirect the water.

Kevin joins three other finalists from Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda, who were chosen for their engineering innovations which provide solutions to local problems. The winner will receive £25,000 (Ksh3.34 million) and £10,000 (Ksh1.33 million) will be awarded to each of the runners up.

The four finalists were selected from a pool of 16 shortlisted candidates from across sub-Saharan Africa, who all received six months of training and mentorship.

See Also: How to tell a great business idea from a bad one

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and launched in 2014, encourages talented sub-Saharan African engineers, from all disciplines, to develop local solutions to challenges in their communities. The Prize selects innovators from across the continent and provides training and mentoring to help turn engineers with incredible ideas into successful entrepreneurs.

Rise to fame

On completing his water engineering training, Kelvin Gacheru was stationed in various areas across the country setting up water projects.

Working in Matuu, Narok, and Loitoktok among other relatively dry areas, he saw the struggle to get water and also struggled with monitoring the projects. “We set up the projects but once we left it was difficult to monitor them and see whether they were sustainable,” said Mr Gacheru.

NEXT: Kenyan banks on high alert over cyber attacks

The challenge prompted the engineer to develop a way to keep track of the water, which was achieved through the Tank Mkononi monitoring system. The system keeps track of water levels and automatically sends a text to the user alerting them when the water levels go below a certain point.

This allows a user to monitor tanks across the country through the sensor connected to a controller in the tank.

[crp]

Business Today is the leading independent online business website in Kenya. Started in 2012 by a veteran business journalist, it has a huge following both in Kenya and abroad. It covers various business and related issues. Email editor at: editor@businesstoday.co.ke

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News Updates

Opinion2 days ago

All-round approach will prevent tax offences and financial crimes

Kenya has become increasingly exposed to illicit products and counterfeit goods, hence the need to take an all-round approach towards...

Economy2 days ago

Kenya’s GDP to hit 5.7% despite debt burden

Despite a debt increase, Kenya’s GDP is expected to reach 5.7% up from 4.9% last year, according to ICAEW’s (the...

NEWS5 days ago

DPP seeks to withdraw forgery case in Sh500m Karen land suit

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has requested for withdrawal of the case against Guy Spencer Elms, the lawyer accused...

Politics5 days ago

Chebukati ‘out to fix Chiloba’

When Judge Stephen Radido delivered his ruling on Thursday setting aside IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati’s decision to send the CEO,...

Health1 week ago

Pharmaceutical firm backs social investments in healthcare

Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, have held...

Education1 week ago

MKU ranked among 10 best universities in Kenya

Four local private universities in top 10 ranking of universities in the country.

NEWS1 week ago

4 MultiChoice traders win trip to watch World Cup in Russia

They will have an experience of a lifetime touring Petersburg, the Vodka Museum and enjoy a private boat tour along...

Bt Intelligence1 week ago

Inside the boda boda millionaire industry  

In small doses of Sh50 and Sh100, Kenyans spend Ksh600 million daily on motorcycle services

Education1 week ago

Daystar University sacks vice-chancellor

Striking students had decried mismanagement of funds and quality of education

Politics2 weeks ago

Battle for Machakos governor heads to the Supreme Court

The court faulted the IEBC returning officer for using an excel spreadsheet to record results instead of Form 37A

Advertisement

Trending