Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, founder of L’Africaine d’Architecture and WoeLab, has chosen to combine architecture, design and local know-how. He aso created WoeLab, first African space for technological democracy. He will attend the LAB in order to discuss the emergence of a new African model of smart cities.
Brenda Katwesigye, 26, founder of WaziVision won the Prize ARA 2016 of feminine entrepreneurship.
Created a year ago in Kampala the capital of Uganda, WaziVision proposes cheap glasses made of recycled plastic material. This company is mainly aiming to help children. It offers a mobile app helping diagnose eyesight illness.
“More than 190 000 Uganda children are visually impaired. It limits their ability to go to school as 90% of them cannot afford medical care,” explains Brenda.
Mariama Mamane, Nigerian founder of Jacigreen won the ARA Jury’s favourite Prize 2016.
The organisation Jacigreen produces natural fertilizer from water hyacinth, a plant harmful for the sea’s biodiversity which spreads on the River Niger’s surface. This process is made by compost, which produces a biogas that is collected in order to make electricity.
Boubacar Sagna, CEO of Yenni, won the Price of the diaspora at the ARA 2016.
Yenni is an online payment device for healthcare. Created two years ago, it allows Africa’s diaspora members to help their relatives get access to medical appointments and medicines in Senegal.
Christian Hafidh Mwijage, 31, managing director EcoAct Tanzania, won the Grand Prix ARA 2016.
Born in Tanzania, Christian recycles plastic waste and turns them into environmentally friendly plastic lumber. With that action, he protects the environment by reducing deforestation in his region but also helps his community. As a child, Christian grew up in slums where he faced a massive number of plastics waste and unhealthy living conditions.