Illuminium Greenhouses has bagged an award for their greenhouse concept that uses sensors and mobile technology at this year’s Ericsson Innovation award for sub-Saharan Africa. Themed “Future of Food”, the team walked away with KES1 million (USD 10 000) and an entry into the Ericsson global Innovation Awards that takes place in early 2017.
The regional Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016 provides an opportunity for start-ups and application developers to showcase solutions that will support the transformation of agriculture and food production across sub-Saharan Africa.
Taita Ngetich, Co-founder of Illuminum Greenhouses says: “Our team is extremely proud to have won this award. It is a real boost to us and will enable the internet of things further penetrate and reach the base of pyramid farmers across the region. Water management is key to agriculture across sub-Saharan Africa and we are happy we can play a role in this by minimizing wastage using solar-powered sensors”.
Aakaash Sehgal, Managing Director, Ericsson Kenya says: “We are once again proud as Ericsson to stimulate and reward ICT innovation in the region through the Ericsson Innovation Awards. It is also appropriate that the winning solution confronts the issue of water scarcity using cloud and mobile technology, cornerstones of Ericsson’s technology leadership.”
This year’s competition attracted 99 entries from thirteen countries across the region. Innovation hubs, universities, start-ups and SME’s were invited to enter applications and ICT solutions that impact the agricultural value chain in an innovative way.
Illuminium Greenhouses is a local Agri-Tech company that works with small scale farmers by providing modern greenhouse sensor to monitor humidity, soil moisture and most importantly regulate water supply.