The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is Africa's biggest prize devoted to engineering innovation, covering all disciplines from mechanical, civil and computing to biomedical, oil and gas, mining and electronic engineering. Whilst the overall winner receives £25,000, every shortlisted entrant will receive six months of extensive mentoring, training and support in commercialising their innovation, as part of the Academy's commitment to international development.
"Engineering is crucial to social and economic development throughout sub-Saharan Africa and globally," said Malcolm Brinded, a Fellow of the Academy and Chair of the judging panel for the prize. "The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation aims to recognise the importance of African engineers and to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship, while encouraging young people to become engineers by creating successful role models."
"This new competition is designed to incentivise engineers to use their passion to develop innovative solutions to their country's challenges. The Africa Prize will demonstrate how engineering is at the heart of economic development."
South African judge of the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, Liesbeth Botha at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), commended the Academy for launching the new prize.
"The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation will show how African engineers build countries, communities and economies, and put the spotlight on our education system to deliver professional engineers into the economy with the right knowledge and skills," said Botha.
Engineers from all disciplines are invited to submit innovations with a social, economic or environmental benefit.