3rd Mining4i Winner – Audrey Mulama
Audrey Mulama, a graduate from Taita Taveta University emerged as the best innovator, in the 3rd Mining4i held at Strathmore University on the 25th of March 2017. Her innovation entailed developing an efficient gold processing technique and proofing the existence of microorganisms that are relevant in optimizing gold recovery as opposed to mercury which pose a health and environmental threat to communities.She has so far received a monetary assistance from the development fund to transform her idea into a final business product, Furthermore, she has also been able to patent her gold processing innovation via Kenya Industries Property Institute (KIPI). She is currently working in partnership with the Ministry of Mining and Petroleum towards realizing implementation of the idea.
1st Energy4i winner – Elijah Kiplimo
Elijah Kiplimo, a 4th year student at Kenyatta University emerged as the winner for the 1st Energy4i even with his innovation dubbed ‘hydrolink’. He is currently undergoing mentorship from two of the Simba’s towards commercialization of his innovation and has also secured internship at Tsavo Oilfield Services. He has also secured useful connections with a water drilling company for further development of the innovation.
1st Energy4i Runners-up – Alex Riri and Dorothy Koskei
This has also been extended to the participants who did not win but had innovations that had potential for investment i.e Alex Mari and Dorothy Koskei and their smart meter innovation have secured significant orders for use by the Kenya Lighting Company. They have also secured orders for use of their meters in home systems in Uganda as well as from Factor E in the United Kingdom for use in their research. Furthermore, they are also in discussion with mini-grid developers, PowerGen for their meters to be used in their mini-grids.