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Young Malawian innovator wins global ICT award in Hungary

Written by  Chikondi Chimala

Lilongwe, October 18, 2015: Malawi’s young innovator in ICT-based Innovations, Mixon Faluweki has won an Excellence Award at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, Hungary, with his Padoko Charger Creation.

The award was presented to him Thursday afternoon at a ceremony presided over by ITU’s Secretary General, Houlin Zhao.

Mixon, who has just completed his first degree in Education Science, majoring in Physics at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, developed the phone charger last year in his third year Electronics class.

According to a statement made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana), by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) spokesperson, Clara Mulonya, Faluweki was widely praised by participants and the ITU for his innovation that has helped place Malawi on the map as far as ICT innovations are concerned.

Mulonya said Faluweki was awarded for developing a Padoko Charger which is a bicycle powered phone charger that allows people using bicycles to charge their mobile phones as they ride.

 

The Padoko Charger innovator won the first international award in 2014 at a Global Innovations Through Science and Technology (GIST TECH-I) competition finals organised by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and funded by the American department of state.

Faluweki was voted number one in the world competition which was held in Morocco last year.

 “The Padoko charger is thought to be probably the cheapest means of charging mobile phones to people who do not have access to home electricity in Malawi and other African countries where electricity connection rate is still very low.

“In Malawi, only about 11 per cent of the households are connected to electricity and the whole sub-Saharan Africa electricity connection rate stands at less than 11 per cent,” said Mulonya in a statement.

The Padoko Charger could benefit approximately more than three million people in Malawi who spend money every time they charge their mobile phone and many others indirectly. It has also the potential to generate forex for the country through exports.

 

Mulonya also disclosed that “currently mass production is what is remaining to take the charger to the market. Mixon has managed to accumulate raw materials for about 500 chargers  but he says that this number is very small compared to the market and as such, funding as well as protecting the product will do Malawi  a lot of good.”

Locally, the University of Malawi honoured Faluweki as the outstanding student innovator during Unima @50 Celebrations held at the College of Medicine last Saturday, 10th October, 2015.

He has also been invited to make presentations at various universities in Cameroon in November 2015 as a way of promoting innovations among African students in universities.

MACRA sponsored three ICT innovators to showcase their talents at this global event. The other innovators are Elijah Phiri of Auction Holdings Limited (AHL) who developed a warehouse management system and Samson Fiado, a fourth year student at the Polytechnic who developed accounting software called Easy books.

The sponsorship is in line with the regulator’s mandate of promoting research in ICT.

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