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Malawian Scientist Wins Next Einstein Innovation Competition

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Lilongwe, March 30: Malawian Scientist, Rachel Sibande, has won a pan African competition for scientific innovations and inventions at the just ended Next Einstein Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.

Sibande, who is the founder of Malawi’s first innovation hub; mHub, emerged winner in the Climate Smart Innovation Track winning a $25,000 (about K18.3 million) award.

She presented her technology prototype on use of maize cobs to produce combustible gas which ultimately generates electricity.

Sibande told Malawi News Agency that her innovation could solve some of Malawi’s energy challenges and expressed hope that daughters of the continent may thrive in science to innovate and invent more home grown solutions.

“I take this as a challenge to do more so that there can be more passion and enthusiasm in developing innovative scientific solutions by our young people, it can be done.

“I believe we need to develop a generation of young people that can transcend from consumers of technology to creators of technology; from passive thinkers to critical thinkers. Only then can we have a generation that transcends from job seekers to job creators for themselves and others,” she said.

Speaking at the forum, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda said it may be too late for him (Kagame) to become a Zuckerberg; but he is committed to creating a conducive environment for young African leaders to become even better than Zuckerberg.

This year’s forum received 133 scientific applications from African scientists mostly pursuing PhDs in science fields such as Climate Smart Technologies, Deep Technology and Personalized Health Technology.

This is not the first time Sibande has brought home prestigious awards; she is a Google Awardee, she has been listed by Forbes, she was awarded at the World Youth Forum and recognized by the Commonwealth Polytechnic of African Universities among others.

The Next Einstein Forum is the largest gathering of African scientists bringing together over 1600 scientists and academics from Africa in different research areas. The next forum will be in 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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