About nine students of the University of Ibadan have received cash awards ranging from N25,000 to N100,00 for their innovative and technological solutions towards ensuring sustainable development of Africa.
According to Nigerian Tribune, they emerged at the finals of the geo-hackathon competition held at the University of Ibadan.
The winners and their products include:
Abigael Anaza-Mark – Innovations on monitoring consumption patterns on LDPE packaged products and LDPE waste
Chukwuemeka John – smart pump which prevents wastage of water once storage tanks are full by David Idajili; and a kidnap alert mechanism
Emmanuel Aniala was the winner in the industrial research category for carrying out vulnerability analysis of catchment of River Ona, at Moniya-Eleyele axis, Ibadan
Nwaezuoke Anastasia – solutions to addressing the nation’s challenges of plastic pollution
Fatayo Opeyemi gave recommendations on effectively fighting flood.
In the “Tell Your Story” category, Alawode Lawrence’s investigation on water pollution in Oyo State was adjudged best, while an innovation on LPDE waste proposed by the trio of Abigael Anaza-Mark, Favour Oyesina and Demilade Adesulure was in the second position while Tomisin Babalola’s narration of the experience with Iddo-Ijoko Railway Transport was third.
Other tech-solutions espoused by the 22 university students who made the finals included a geo-app for road accident management presented by Olawuyi Dorcas; a sportswear that once charged with sweat served as source of electric supply developed by Olutosoye Taiwo and “healthAfriqueai” developed by Abegunde Nathaniel which predicted disease prevalence using artificial intelligence and geographical information system.
Speaking on the innovations, Geo-Hackathon Implementation Partner, David Afolayan gave the assurance that the student innovators will be supported until their innovations become marketable.