The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
The Royal Academy of Engineering has launched the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation to stimulate, celebrate, and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Africa Prize will encourage ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as a driver for improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialization support in the form of a six month period of training and mentoring will be awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants. Following this period of mentorship, finalists will be invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner will be selected to receive £25,000.
Africa faces a range of major challenges which practical, innovative engineering solutions can help to address. Research shows a dearth of engineering capacity, which the Royal Academy of Engineering seeks to address through activities that improve awareness and the quality and status of engineering in Africa. The Royal Academy of Engineering works to highlight the role of engineering in tackling development challenges, to inspire and enthuse young Africans about engineering and to bring together global stakeholders and African business and innovation communities to establish a closer dialogue on African and global engineering issues.
Applicants are invited from engineers affiliated with a university or research institute who have developed innovations that can provide scalable solutions to local challenges. Engineers from sub-Saharan Africa and from all engineering disciplines are eligible to enter.
Applications for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation will close at midnight on 30 May 2014. Fore more informations visit www.raeng.org.uk/