It was a night of inspiration, disruptive speeches and networking even as innovators walked away with mentorship opportunities at the Silicon Valley’s Singularity University.
Remote monitoring technology called Urisaf that relays medical data for pregnant women who have no access to hospital won Uganda’s Alvin Kibwana a six week accelerator experience in Silicon Valley as Elisha Bwatuti from Rongai in Nairobi whose Shamba Intel gadget that sends weather conditions and state of the farm data to the farmer in real time also won him a place at the prestigious university.
The audience was treated to exponential speeches and challenged to live productive lives of abundance as the present scene of Uber, electric cars, Andela and bridge type education are just but a glimpse of the future abundance schools even as they networked and sharpened their pitches.
There were 172 applications for the awards where six finalists were picked for Thursday’s event dubbed: Yes we can create Abundance held at the Nairobi National Museum all of which were amazing and had exponential abilities.
“We need to rise and thrive in this exponential age of productivity and leave behind linear thinking models,” said Regina Njima, director Global Impact Challenges, Singularity University.
Other great innovations included one from Denis Sigei whose remote water infrastructure monitoring gadget targeted at water providing companies promises to end wastage due to leakages and help improve revenues and boost profitability. The device uses GIS to send real time water usage information helping to eliminate traditional water meter.
Uganda’s Shaffeque Tebusweke presented a security mechanism that helps to guard against hacking of human microchip, specializing on health where chips placed under the skin of patients are protected from hackers who can infiltrate and cause damage.
Strauss Energy also dazzled with roofing solar panels that are creating abundant supply of electricity in rural areas where the whole roof is made of small panels significantly boosting power supply.