A third-year student has won the Inaugural Kibabii University Students’ Innovation Challenge 2020. Joshua Odhiambo of the Faculty of Science emerged winner after thorough vetting from the Research and Innovation Technical Committee with his project entitled: Production of Charcoal Briquettes using Waste Papers. The competition was conducted at the Faculties and Schools level between 22nd and 23rd October 2020 while the grand finale at the University wide level was held on 28th October 2020. Initially, the contest planned for 29th April 2020 was disrupted by University closure due to COVID-19 pandemic.
This Challenge is part of the European Union Funded African Higher Education Leadership in Advancing Inclusive Innovation for Development (AHEAD) Project activities geared towards helping nurture innovative ideas into powerful business models and activation of a series of innovative solutions for various community challenges.
The areas of focus for this year’s Innovation Challenge themed “Sustainable Innovation and Kenya’s Big Four National Agenda” were Food Security and Nutrition; Universal Health Coverage; and Affordable Housing in line with the Big Four Agenda of the Government of Kenya.
The awards ceremony that was held on 27th November 2020 was graced by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Ipara Isaac Odeo. The winners and finalists took home various awards in form of certificates, cash rewards and trophies.
According to the Director of Research, Consultancy and Extension Dr. Paul Obino, this inaugural contest sets the stage for even bigger and better events of this nature going forward.