The Ericsson Innovation award for sub-Saharan Africa was recently concluded, and Kenya’s Illuminium Greenhouses came up as the winner, walking away with USD 10 000 and an entry into the Ericsson global Innovation Awards that takes place in early 2017.
The Ericsson Innovation award, which was operating under the theme “Future of Food,” picked Kenya’s Illuminium Greenhouses for their greenhouse concept which makes use of sensors and mobile technology.
Taita Ngetich, the co-founder of Illuminum Greenhouses said:
“Our team is extremely proud to have won this award. It is a real boost to us and will enable the internet of things further penetrate and reach the base of pyramid farmers across the region.
“Water management is key to agriculture across sub-Saharan Africa and we are happy we can play a role in this by minimizing wastage using solar-powered sensors.”
There were 99 entries from 13 different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as they all submitted their solutions which impact the agricultural value chain in an innovative way, while also being socially responsible as well as scalable.
The submissions were judged by a panel of four people; Caroline Berns, Head of Talent Acquisition at Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa, Pelayo Omotoso, Director of Strategy for GCU MTN, Brett Haggard head of Hypertext Media and Derrick Kotze, CEO, mLab Southern Africa.
The judges also had several criteria for selecting the overall winner, which became Illuminium Greenhouses.
“We are once again proud as Ericsson to stimulate and reward ICT innovation in the region through the Ericsson Innovation Awards. It is also appropriate that the winning solution confronts the issue of water scarcity using cloud and mobile technology, cornerstones of Ericsson’s technology leadership,” Managing Director of Ericsson Kenya, Aakaash Sehgal said.