Better Cities Challenge
The Better Cities challenge is a programme that works with young people to create social enterprises that address the problems facing Kenyan cities.
The themes of the first challenge held, 12 – 15 October 2020, were crafted around Sustainable Development Goals 6: clean water and sanitation, 7: clean energy, and 11: sustainable cities and communities.
- 16 participants in the STEM field preselected through an online hackathon
- Aged 18 – 35
- 11 females and 5 males
- 4 days social innovation bootcamp
- 5 startups co-created
Winners in numerical order:
- E-safiri – The team plans to develop electric charging stations for two and three wheelers to help increase the adoption of e-mobility for commercial use in an effort to reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector.
- Casa – The team plans to use ultra-thin wall technology for slum upgrading.
Ufanisi Power – The team plans to create a hybrid solar-powered system that can power homes and small businesses appliances.
Other teams that participated were:
- Usalama wa Kijinsia – The team plans to start a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) initiative that will act as a bridge between Non-Governmental Organizations and safe houses that host both the male and female victims
- Betco Solutions – To reduce the carbon footprint the team wants to make a machine that uses organic waste to create bioethanol fuel at home.
The three winning teams underwent online incubation and mentorship and are working on their prototypes.