Late last year, we introduced you to the Ericsson innovation Award that is out to challenge today’s youth with not only changing their world but the world of thousands of others through harnessing the transformational power of ideas, technology and connectivity.
A team of students from the Safaricom Academy, based at @iLabAfrica, entered the competition and have been ranked in the top 50. Many congratulations to them indeed. With this in mind, we would like you to help them get to the semi- finals by voting for them here. Voting closes on January 16th 2015.
What problem are they trying to solve?
Agriculture is the backbone of most economies in the world up to date. 100% of the world population depends on agriculture from day to day. In most countries, farmers are not well informed surrounding issues in farming. The farmers lack basic knowledge and skills about irrigation systems, soil fertility, soil water levels, weather patterns, crop compatibility, farm maintenance, and pest control, choice of seedlings in a geographical location and different modes of farming. By helping the farmers learn more about this, the agricultural sector will be fully exploited and maximized to its full potential.
What is their solution?
Minja is a mobile based system which aims to educate farmers on the best way to use their farms, farm implements and resources. This application gives farmers in-depth insight on the current farming trends and advices them on the most effective methods of farming, which alternative crops can be grown on the same land and advice on market prices, both locally and internationally. The system will enable farmers automate redundant processes in their farms by using latest hardware and software technologies.
What we need you to do….
Kindly share this post with your friends, colleagues, family and others to enable them clinch the award. The more you vote, vote, vote, the more you increase their chance of them realizing their dream of solving agricultural challenges in Kenya.