×
× Digital News Videos Health & Science Lifestyle Opinion Education Columnists Moi Cabinets Arts & Culture Fact Check Podcasts E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
Login ×

Kenyans feted for scientific innovations

By | April 4th 2012 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

By Peter Orengo

Five Kenyan scientists were feted for their exemplary innovations at the ongoing African Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Nairobi.

Calvine Okello from M-Shamba was awarded for inventing a new mobile application whose objective is to provide agricultural information to farmers about agricultural activities in the country and beyond.

The application informs people where to get the best agricultural products and gives farmers timely information on when to plant and the best practices on agriculture.

"We came up with M-Shamba application because agriculture is the back-bone of Kenyafs economy. This innovation is meant to help rural farmers avoid unnecessary losses due to lack of information," said Mr Okello after receiving his award from President Kibaki.

Prof Richard Mibei, Vice-Chancellor of Moi University, was awarded for coming up with a dye for the textile industry, which he named Tamidye.

The product is now being used by clothing company Rivatex Industries, owned by Moi University, based in Eldoret.

Revolutionary

Mbetsa Technologies Limited was feted for its revolutionary car tracking and security system, which uses a mobile phone to track and deliver actual geographical position of any vehicle when stolen.

The system accurately indicates the actual location, speed at which the vehicle is going and its travel direction.

Laurence Matolo from Machakos Technical Training Institution was feted for his innovation, Multipurpose seed Based Absorber. The innovation is based on the unique behaviour of the seeds of a local weed, which takes up to 20 times their weight of water in 30 minutes and become sticky.

Scientists at the conference said Matolofs innovation could be used in the production of sanitary towels in the country.

Elijah Kupata was awarded for a 3G mobile remote camera, which is able to detect the presence of an intruder in onefs house or property, then sends live video to the homeowner.

@

@


More stories


Take a Break

Feedback