Zimbabwean inventor nominated for Innovation Prize for Africa 2017

June 27, 2017 by Innovation for Africa - No Comments

Gift Gana, a Zimbabwean app developer and start-up co-founder, is set to travel to Accra, Ghana for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) awards that are being held on the 18th of July.

This comes after the African Innovation Foundation (AIF), which hosts and runs the Innovation Prize for Africa awards, announced the 10 finalists from nine African countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Gana, a former Applied Physics student at the National University of Science and Technology, came up with the Dr CADx system in 2016 with the intent to build a computer aided diagnostic system to help doctors diagnose medical images more accurately.

The system seeks to eliminate the human errors which have resulted in patients not being adequately treated and reduce theirhospital bills through a computer aided diagnostic system that helps doctors diagnose medical images more accurately. The system works by deploying an artificial intelligence system that will be available at any given time of the day, even in remote areas, greatly improve the quality of patient management and saving lives in the process. This system is very useful especially in the marginalized areas of Africa.

This year the IPA awards are running under the theme Innovation: Investing in Prosperity.IPA is offering a prize of US$185 000 to the winner and incentives to spur growth and prosperity in Africa through home-grown solutions. Each nominee is getting a $5000 voucher as well.

The IPA awards will focus on how innovators and businesses can get funds, investments and resources that are critical to unlock the potential of African innovators. Participants at the IPA Awards will get an opportunity to attend the official opening of IPA 2017, take part at the innovation marketplace, join roundtable discussions, and networking activities, ending with a celebration of African ingenuity when the IPA 2017 winners will be announced.

Article by Nelson Madzima