37 students represent African innovation at ISEF

37 of Africa’s brightest minds are contending for the honour of being awarded US$75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pennsylvania this week.

May 12, 2015
Intel ISEF 2015

Representing the continent are 11 students from South Africa, with the remainder from Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt.

“In what can only be described as a David vs. Goliath contest, the developing countries represented in this year’s ISEF are taking centre stage due to their innovative entries,” Intel said.

“Time will tell if one of the African countries will nab the prize, and the glory.”

Focusing on the ladies

11 of the African students are young ladies, and Intel encourages the support of young women on the continent in the fields of science and engineering.

Out of the 78 countries participating, 19 countries have a higher representation of women vs. men with 6 countries entering the same number of male and female students.

“Although the shift is positive, 17 countries still do not have female representation indicating that the fields of science and engineering need to do more to attract the interest of female students,” Intel notes.

“Coupled with this, more must be done to groom the abundant raw talent available.”

The African finalists

ISEF runs from 10 to 15 May and will see 1,700 students from around the world showcasing the best innovations in science and engineering across 20 categories.

On Friday 15th May between 09h00 and 11h30 (USA time) the Intel ISEF Grand Awards Ceremony will be held.

The African finalists include:

Country

City

First Name

Surname

Kenya

Nairobi

Dulari

Varsani

Kenya

Nairobi

Jaspreet

Matharu

Kenya

Nairobi

Siddeeq

Parpia

Kenya

Nairobi

Jamaldin

Mohammed

Nigeria

Lagos

Oluwanifemi

Bolawole

Nigeria

Lagos

Oluwafisayomi

Fatoye

Nigeria

Lagos

Emmanuel

Adegbile

Nigeria

Ogun State

Abiola

Omosowon

Nigeria

Funtua

Umar

Bala

Nigeria

Funtua

Ahmad

Auwal

Nigeria

Ipaja, Lagos

Omogbolahan

Bruce

Nigeria

Lagos

Desola

Damola Okesiji

Nigeria

Lagos

Omotayo

Akinola

South Africa

Cape Town

Roland

Dubb

South Africa

Pretoria

Armand

Duvenage

South Africa

Ladysmith

Nishka

Ramkhelawan

South Africa

Secunda

Siyabonga

Nkosi

South Africa

Durban

Tyrique

Byroo

South Africa

Cape Town

Fritz

Keyzer

South Africa

Cape Town

Josiah

Senior

South Africa

Pretoria

Bernard

Smit

South Africa

Bloemfontein

Iselle

Van Den Heever

South Africa

Cape Town

Anna

Midgley

South Africa

Kokstad

Avuyile

Mbangatha