The competition that was held for the first time in Tanzania and spear headed by the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) attracted 80 participants from universities across the globe.
The three James Daniel, Angela Mkindi and Aurea Kanyange from the Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA) and Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) emerged overall winners at a colourful ceremony conducted in Arusha.
The winners were each awarded with US$ 1000 and a return ticket for USA where they will attend a one-month training on business and Innovation that will take place in June, this year.
The SMART competition focuses on technology based ideas, considering social responsibility and businesses utilizing art and design.
Students from Universities are given an opportunity to present their ideas with special emphasis on energy and sustainability, Smart systems and technology, education among other related topics.
The business plan titled “Development of an Effective Plant-Based Pesticide” is what saw the Tanzania students beat about 80 other competitors. Out of the 26 institutions that made it to the finals, Tanzania had 17 students.
Speaking during the ceremony, the director of the Innovative Technology and Energy Centre (ITEC), Herb Rhee said it was a win well deserved for the Tanzania students adding that Tanzania universities exhibited a lot of confidence in the ideas presented.
The awards were presented by the Arusha Regional Commissioner, Mrisho Gambo. Others who scooped the awards include seven female students from St. Johns University of Tanzania for their business plan that focused on “Novel Affordable Products” as well as students from Seoul National University and University of Waterloo for their business plan that focused on an online education program working on connecting students from developing countries to the elderly in developed countries.
During the event, the Social Excellent, Social Impact Award was presented to Tanzania’s Frank Sabaya Mollel for his business plan focus on “The Manure Spreader (MS) while Outstanding Empowerment award was presented to students from Seoul National University for their business plan that focused on “Developing a Multi-Functional Vaccine Carrier”.
The Outstanding Technology Award was presented to students from Nelson Mandela for their business plan focus on “E- Health Mobile Application” while Outstanding Empowerment Award was presented to students from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and NM-AIST for their business plan focus on “Botanical Insecticidal for Repealing”.
Outstanding Technology Award was presented to Gerald Reuben from Sokoni Farm Fresh Company Ltd for his business plan that focused on “Fruits and Vegetables Order Collections” while Pioneering Innovation Award was presented to students from University of Dodoma for their business plan that focused on “Mobile Application System” .
While congratulating participants for the good business plans presented and the awards received, NM-AIST Vice Chancellor Prof Kaloli Njau urged participants to actualize their business plans and subsequently aid in the country’s economic development.
The Award ceremony was jointly organised by e3Empower , University Industrial Technology Force (UNITEF), (NM-AIST), Seoul National University (SNU) and Innovative Technology and Energy Centre (ITEC)