Nairobi, March 24 ​– SingularityU East Africa has announced the winners of the first ever Global Impact Challenge (GIC) in the region, a competition launched on February 13, 2017 in partnership with ICT Authority, Kenya and the East Africa Community. The SingularityU East Africa GIC was open to applicants from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania.

The challenge was an open call to innovators to come up with moonshot innovations to pressing global grand challenges such as: energy, environment, food, shelter, space, water, disaster resilience, governance, health, learning, prosperity and security.

Winners include:

● First Place: ALVIN KABWAMA (UGANDA), URISAF HEALTHCARE KIT

● First Place: ELISHA BWATUTI (KENYA), SHAMBA SENSOR

● First Runners-up: DENIS SIGEI (KENYA) , SMART WATER SYSTEM

The two winners from Kenya and Uganda were awarded a prize to attend Singularity University’s transformational Global Solutions Program (GSP) in Silicon Valley this summer of 2017. Upon returning to East Africa after the 9 week GSP, the winners will have the opportunity to develop their project, supported by the SingularityU alumni network and mentors in East Africa.

The 4 nd – 6 th place finalists benefit by having access to a cadre of mentors and coaches who will follow them in the start-up phase of their project. The jury consisted of of representatives from Singularity University, ICT Authority, Kenya Open Data Initiative, Craft Silicon, as well as senior representatives of the entrepreneurship, business or innovation community.

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