Mohamed Sanad is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. He was an adjunct professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, USA, and the Director of Antenna Engineering for some of the largest telecommunication companies in the USA and the world, such as Nokia and others. He invented the first small internal integrated micro strip antennas for cellular phones, which significantly reduced the interaction between the human-body and the radiation from cellular phones. Dr. Sanad was born in Egypt in 1954. He got his B.Sc. degree from Cairo University, Egypt in 1977 and his PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1986.
Project title: A low cost, foldable/deployable, multi-band base station antenna
Thematic area: ICTs
A low-cost, lightweight, low wind-load, foldable/deployable, multi-broadband base station antenna has been developed using dual parabolic cylindrical reflectors with novel small size broadband resonant feeds invented by the applicant. The new base station antenna has the following 8 important advantages over the existing ones in wireless applications: (1) One base station can cover all wireless applications at different frequency bands including WiMax, digital TV, CDMA, GSM, etc. (2) The station is foldable/deployable and can thus be shipped and stored in a very compact form (3) It is very easy to assemble and disassemble (4) It has a low wind load (5) It is light (6) It can stand on the ground without mounting towers (7) It is low-cost and (8) It can generate beams of arbitrary angles in the horizontal and vertical planes.
SUSAN KAHUMBU STEPHANOU
Su Kahumbu Stephanou is a social entrepreneur, founder of Green Dreams Ltd and Green Dreams Tech Ltd companies focused on creating solutions for smallholder organic farmers in Africa. She has 14 years of extensive experience across the organic value chain from production to consumption, policy and advocacy. She is the creator of the Apps4Africa Award winning app iCow, a mobile application developed to help smallholder farmers increase their knowledge and productivity through access to agricultural information. Su is a TED Fellow, a passionate farmer and committed enabler of the Youth to "Build a better Africa from the ground up".
Project title: iCow
Thematic area: ICTs
iCow is an SMS and voice-based mobile phone application for small-scale farmers in Africa. iCow started as a virtual veterinary midwife, helping farmers track the estrus stages of their cows, while giving them valuable tips on cow breeding, animal nutrition, milk production and gestation.
The app prompts farmers on vital days of the cows gestation period; helps farmers find the nearest veterinary physician; collects and stores milk and breeding records and sends farmers best dairy practices. The text messages and voice prompts are sent to farmers within the 365-day cow cycle, and the app is designed to run on both low-end and high-end mobile phones.
Farmers register for the service on their phones by sending a message to a short code. Afterwards, the farmers key in important information about their cows, such as serve date and the birth date of the cow. The farmers then start receiving timely and tailored messages, advice and information. In the past two months, thousands of farmers across Kenya are using iCow and 4 new modules have been added to the platform due to farmer demand.
EVANS MUCHIKA WADONGO
Evans Muchika Wadongo is the founder Chairman and Executive Director of Sustainable Development For All-Kenya (S.D.F.A-Kenya); a non-governmental organization. He has a BSc. in Electronic and Computer Engineering. He invented a solar lamp dubbed 'MwangaBora® '(Swahili for better light) in 2004 to address poor education, climate change, health and poverty in rural areas in Kenya. Mr. Wadongo was a CNN top ten hero for 2010, a winner of the inaugural Mikhail Gorbachev Award and also the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011.
Project title: "Use solar, save lives"
Thematic area: Green Technologies
The 'Use Solar, Save Lives' program involves the design, production and distribution of Solar Powered Lanterns dubbed "Mwanga Bora" to poor rural households without electricity; and helping communities set up economic ventures from the money initially spent on kerosene. The lanterns are made from scrap metals, using simple technology with no major tools and equipments. The distribution is done through community groups, which uses the lantern and saves part of the money initially spend on kerosene. 'Use Solar, Save Lives' helps communities set up small economic ventures linking them to micro-finance institutions, which facilitates the expansion of the economic ventures. Later on, they are able to sponsor more lamps from their savings. The targeted communities include the rural poor households, which have no access to electricity and other cleaner sources of energy, youths and women who have no regular source of income to meet their daily livelihood needs, etc.
Zeinou Abdelyamine graduated in industrial chemistry, lived in United Arab Emirates for 13 years (1994-2007), and returned to his native Algeria to start his own company, Bit Bait. He has two patents on manufacturing of insecticides at INAPI in Algeria and a PCT in the same field. He is actively involved in research and development of environmentally friendly insecticides and rodenticides.
Project title: La Fabrication des Produits Insecticides et Rodenticides non Chimique, 100% Naturel, Ecologiques, non Toxique et Bio
Thematic area: Health and Food Security
Bit Bait (petit appât) est une invention dont le prix et la qualité rivalisent avec les produits mondiaux. Les appâts Bit Bait (insecticides et rodenticides) sont non chimiques et 100% naturels. L'extermination est physique et non pas chimique, non toxique, préservant la santé humaine, les animaux de compagnie et l'environnement. Cette solution a été brevetée en Algérie, enregistrée et publiée par I'OMPI. La fabrication des appâts est produite dans un processus de fabrication sUr, puisqu'il ne laisse aucuns résidus ni déchets solides, liquides ou gaz. Bit Bait peut être considérée comrne une percée mondiale et un pas géant dans la lutte contre les insectes et les rongeurs.
Joel Nwakaire has worked six years as a lecturer in the department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he is currently pursuing his PhD. He obtained his Graduate and Masters Degrees in Engineering in Nigeria, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. He won an award as best serving National Youth Service Corps member in 2005 batch A in Nassarawa state, where he designed and constructed a low-cost maize sheller for rural dwellers. Joel's Masters project on design, construction and testing of a 30 liter per hour continuous biodiesel plant won the first prize in an all African-wide Young Professional in Science competition in 2009 organized by CTA, ATPS, AGRA RUFORUM, and FARA.
Project title: Design, construction and testing of an optimized automated biodiesel continuous production plant
Thematic area: Green Technology
An optimized automated biodiesel plant, which can be used for processing various types of vegetable oil, has been developed. The plant has been tested on non-edible vegetable oil Algae and Jatropha producing superior results. Rural communities were involved in the aquaculture and algae culture. Rural dwellers could harvest algae from fish ponds and sell them to biodiesel processors and thus increase their income.
RUI EDGAR CONCEIÇÃO BRAM
Rui Edgar Conceição Bram has a Masters Degree in Mechanic Engineering. He is a National Chief of ICT Department at National Police of Angola and consults in information systems security fields. He has developed the surveillance and security system in criminal and penitentiary fields, critical software, information systems, UAV's and robotics. He is currently developing the QINet and the InteliGOV for use in Africa, Latin America and Pacific Asia. He is an Angolan citizen.
Project title: QINet Digital Network of Qualification
Thematic area: ICTs
QINet consists of a global platform with a set of integrated applications that allows the automatic introduction, management and distribution of multilingual educational content in electronic or printed format. The development and implementation of the QINet project will allow millions of students to have access, under the same conditions, to educational resources and quality content, regardless of their social background, race, creed or nationality.