SAYeTECH, Sesi Technologies to compete in regional finals of the 2019 ASME ISHOW
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Two local Ghanaian entrepreneurs SAYeTECH and Sesi Technologies are expected to compete with other six entrepreneurs from across Africa in the regional finals of the 2019 ASME ISHOW.
The eight social entrepreneur teams will have their design prototypes judged as part of the final round of the 2019 ASME ISHOW in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, the only global competition for hardware inventors with a social purpose.
SAYeTECH “Multi-crop Thresher and Sesi Technologies Ltd “GrainMate Grain Moisture Meter, all based in Ghana’s second capital, Kumasi would be joining breastIT (Kampala, Uganda), E Tuk Tuk “Solar E Cycle” (Nairobi, Kenya), hearX Group “hearScope” (Pretoria, South Africa), Safi Organics (Naivasha, Kenya), Savanna Circuit Tech “MaziwaPlus Pre-Chiller” (Kapenguria, Kenya) and Solar Freeze (Machakos, Kenya) to vie for the first three grand prizes of the show, which make them eligible for a share of the $30,000 award, in-kind technical support, and a ticket to the ISHOW Bootcamp in New York.
Whiles SAYeTECH “Multi-crop Thresher” produces multi-crop threshers to reduce grain waste and empower grain farmers, Sesi Technologies Ltd “GrainMate Grain Moisture Meter” helps grain farmers reduce post-harvest losses by making it easier to accurately measure grain moisture content before storage.
This year’s competition will witness the Executive Director, Gearbox, Dr. Kamau Gachigi, Dr. Robert Karanja, Co-founder and CEO, Villgro Kenya, Dr. June Madete, Professor, Kenyatta University, Tom Odoyo, Product Development Engineer, Toyota Kenya Ltd., Hino Division and Sylvia Mukasa, Founder & CEO, GlobalX Investments Ltd/GlobalX Innovation Labs as judges and advisors for the event.
The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASME, Tom Costabile said the 2019 entrants are among the most promising ASME has seen since ISHOW went international in 2015,we are confident the finalists all have the potential to address some of the most vexing issues faced by communities in need,” he stated.
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society.