In partnership with Gearbox, the Lemelson Foundation, Villgro India, Villgro Kenya, Engineering for Change, Form labs and Catapult Design, ASME’s 2018 Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) was hosted in Nairobi 9th – 11th May 2018.
The event held at Azure hotel saw 9 teams of social enterprises from across Europe and Africa attend the competition with projects that gave customized solutions to problems in different industries; agriculture, health, energy production among others.
Among the top winners was SimGas, a Dutch enterprise that offers affordable, high-quality biogas systems for household use. Their Biogas Milk Chiller provides off-grid biogas-powered milk cooling on-farm, allowing smallholder dairy farmers without access to electricity to store, deliver and sell the highest possible quality of raw milk and increase their income.
Bentos Energy followed closely with their project of offering sustainable energy solutions through recycling of bio waste into Eco-friendly green charcoal briquettes. While George Chege, made it to the final 3 with the smart brooder, an environmental control device which ensures the conditions within the brooding space are kept within optimal levels
Finalists walked away with not only the seed grant but a load of resources, connections and insight. Dr. Kamau Gachigi, executive Director for Gearbox, awarded the finalists with a full access membership to Gearbox for 6 months which includes access to resources in terms of space and machinery while ASME offered technical assistance, design and engineering reviews with access to the vast partnership network owned by ISHOW.
This will continue to encourage hardware led social innovation in Africa and across the globe. The next event, ISHOW U.S.A., will take place June 21-22 at the District Architecture Center in Washington, D.C. For more information, or to register, visit https://thisishardware.org/competition/2018/usa.