#NEF2018: 2 Nigerians, Emmanuel Owoebu and Tobi Dwoeye Among 16 Next Einstein Forum Finalists

David Afolayan
2 Nigerians, Emmanuel Owoebu and Tobi Dwoeye Among the 16 Next Einstein Forum Finalists

Two Nigerians, Emmanuel Owoebu and Tobi Dwoeye have been named among the 16 African finalists of the second edition of the Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i) competition of the Next Einstein Forum (#NEF2018). The competition, which kicked off today, is taking place at the NEF Global Gathering in Kigali, Rwanda.

The NEF is a platform that connects science, society and policy in Africa and the rest of the world – with the goal to leverage science for human development globally. Launched in 2013, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung

The finalists will compete to win the top prizes in three categories. These include Data Science and Deep Tech Innovations, Personalised Health Innovations and Climate Smart Innovations.

The participants will be pitching their ideas to a team of judges for a duration of three to four minutes with a focus on impact and scalability. The teams of judges include leaders from Johnson & Johnson, Elsevier, Rwanda Biomedical Center, Hello Tomorrow, Carnegie Mellon University, IBM Africa, the African Development Bank and some other stakeholders.

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The NEF received 133 applications from which the top 16 were selected. Among these are two Nigerians: Tobi Dwoeye, who is carrying out research using patient-generated data to assess the effects of pain medication. He will be competing under the Deep Tech Solutions Category.

Emmanuel Owoebu (Nigeria) is a medical doctor, social entrepreneur and mobile health enthusiast who has the passion for public health, research, e-health and ICT4D.

The other finalists include Donatus Njoroge (Kenya), Dickson Ayuka (Kenya), Isaac Brenya (Ghana), Rachel Sibande (Malawi), Isaac Sesi (Ghana), and Dr. Lahbib Latrach (Morocco) from the Climate Smart Innovations category. In the Deep Tech Solutions category, we have Abdoulaye Diallo (Guineau), Davy Uwizera (Rwanda), Oday Samad (South Africa), and Magondu Wairimu (Kenya).

Then, the personalised Health Category has Conrad Tankou (Cameroon), Joel Gasana (Rwanda), Muranyandzi Rushambwa (Zimbabwe), and Daniel Nyabdza (Zimbabwe).

The first two in each category will have the opportunity to present at the plenary tomorrow. The eventual winner will be announced on stage at the closing ceremony, while each winner of a category will receive a US$25,000 prize.

 


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