37 students represent African innovation at ISEF

shout outRepresenting 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