Rwanda Polytechnic contestants in the 2019 StartUpAfrica Talent and Innovation Challenge exclusively won the projects pitch competition that held at Kigali Convention Centre on August 27, 2019 as it seized all the tree prizes.
IRADUKUNDA Olivier is the first prize winner and student at IPRC Kigali in Electromechanical Technology Engineering, year 3. He invented the SMART HOME, a technology that enables people to monitor and control their homes appliances anywhere, anytime.
After having been crowned the best innovator in the 2019 StartUpAfrica Talent and Innovation Challenge competition, IRADUKUNDA said that he is going to expand it in order to help the community to manage and save the power lost unwillingly.
“The 7,000 USD, that I won, will help me to develop my project in perspective of helping residents to secure their homes if they are attacked by thieves for example and save electric power lost as well as to facilitate people with disability who are not capable to access the control point of home appliances. A test had been already done in Kicukiro District, Kagarama Sector and recently, the customer told us that It reduces energy bill by 8.9% per month. Another thing is that the project is not expensive. Anyone can benefit from it.” IRADUKUNDA Olivier said.
Addressing the youth at the competition, after awarding the winners, the Director General (DG) of Workforce Development Authority (WDA) GATABAZI Pascal believes that young innovators will contribute to the industrial revolution era.
“I want to appreciate the organizing team for bringing on the board our young people, innovation and competition. I acknowledge efforts devoted to realize this activity. I wish to congratulate you as you are all winners except that you’re represented by these three winners. We are challenged that we are not doing a good job, but this gives a hope that a good job is being done. Nothing to worry about, we are going to cope with industrial revolution.” GATABAZI Pascal, WDA DG said.
11 projects that competed are: Self-Feed Portable Multi Crop Thresher and Winnowing Machine, Smart Home, Smart Egg Incubator, Vehicle Pollution Restriction System, Smart Solar Water Heater with Metering and Billing System, Pro-Geeks, Drunk Driving Prevention Device, Chick Sex Control Incubator, Wivunika Ticketing, Torsoy Health Drink and Solar-Pendulum Irrigation Pump.
Among all pitched projects, IPRC Kigali students have won the first and second awards. The Smart Home worth 7,000 USD by IRADUKUNDA Olivier and Drunk Driving Prevention Device worth 5,000 USD by RUTIKANGA Fiston and IZERE Honore. The third award worth 4,000 USD went to Smart Eggs Incubator innovated by IMANI Bora from IPRC Tumba. Hence, Rwanda Polytechnic (RP) exclusively won the 2019 StartupAfrica Talent and Innovation Challenge competition.
This competition is one of the 2019 CAPA Kigali International Conference activities that is taking place at Kigali Convention Center.