Royal Academy of Engineering in United Kingdom has launched the first ever Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation in efforts to encourage, celebrate and award innovation and entrepreneurship in South Africa and sub-Saharan African countries.
Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation gives opportunity to ambitious and talented sub-Saharan engineers from all related disciplines to showcase their skills and generate solutions to local challenges while highlighting the significance of engineering in transforming life and source of economic development.
South African judge of the esteemed Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, Liesbeth Botha applauded the academy for launching the new prize.
Botha said “The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation will prove how African Engineers build countries, communities and economies, and emphasis use of education to produce professional engineers into the economy with the right knowledge and skills.”
Application of entries will close on 30th May 2014 and shortlisted innovative applicants will undergo a six month period of training and mentorship. During this period the finalists will get a chance to present at an event held in Africa and the winner will receive £25,000.
Engineer applicants should be associated with a university or research institute that has developed innovations that are currently being used across Africa.
The Africa Prize is supported by The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund, Consolidated Contractors Company, ConocoPhillips and Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
To download the form visit www.raeng.org.uk/africaprize