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Better Cities Challenge

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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