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Global-NAMRIP member Timothy Kayondo from Uganda recognised by Royal Academy of Engineering

Published: 20 November 2019
Timothy Kayondo

Global-NAMRIP are delighted to announce that Timothy Kayondo, a young innovator from Uganda, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation . Founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the competition recognises ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges.

Timothy with his Eco Water Purifier
Timothy with the Eco Water Purifier

Timothy’s technology Eco Water Purifier is a digital system that turns bones, cassava peelings, coconut shells and other waste into an activated carbon water filter providing safe drinking water. Once installed the unit is entirely powered by solar panels making the purifier ideal for rural schools and clinics where access to water is limited.

Raw material used in the Eco Water Purifier
Raw material used in the Eco Water Purifier

Global-NAMRIP members had the opportunity to meet Timothy and see the Eco Water Purifier at the 2nd Global-NAMRIP conference in Kampala earlier this year. Impressed by the device and Timothy’s achievements to date (the device is currently in use in refugee camps and schools in Uganda), Professor Tim Leighton has continued to work with Timothy, including supporting his application to the Africa Prize. The conference in Uganda was organised by Professor Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye and his team at Makerere University School of Public Health.

Shortlisted candidates
2020 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation shortlisted candidates

As one of the 16-strong shortlist, Timothy will receive an eight month package of support to help him accelerate his Eco Water Purifier innovation. This includes three week-long residential training weeks, the first being in Cape Town, South Africa this month. Timothy will receive tailored business training, bespoke mentoring, funding and access to the Academy’s network of experienced engineers and business experts in the UK and across Africa.

Eco Water Purifier device
Clean water produced from Eco Water Purifier

Following this period of support, four finalists will be selected and invited to pitch their improved innovation and business plan to a high profile event in June 2020. The event will include an exhibition showcasing all 16 shortlisted innovations. The winner will receive £25,000 and three runners up will receive £10,000.

I am delighted that we were able to support and mentor Timothy and the team in their tremendous efforts to get this far in the competition. They are an exceptional team and have developed a tremendous product

Professor Tim Leighton - Chair of Global-NAMRIP
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