GESA Makers Faire 3.0

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The cliché that locally made engineers talk more but do less is gradually fading out. Ghana in the few passing years is seeing young people do their possible best to engineer solutions to solve pressing problems. We’ve seen new local enterprises with cutting edge products and solutions.

To encourage young people to be innovative, the Ghana Engineering Students Association (GESA) organises an annual makers faire at the the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where students with brilliant ideas are coached to make their ideas a reality.

Participating groups; comprising five members each, are taken through months of training and mentorship. The participants then make a working prototype which is tested and pitch their idea to judges from industry and faculty.

 team came up with a micro hydroelectic power generation system. This is to solve the problem of rural areas not having electricity because they are not connected to the national grid.

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Another presented an app and a website that gives you everything that’s there is to know about agriculture -from planting to marketing. Let’s call it the Wikipedia of Agric.

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To solve the problem of patients waiting for long for their folders, a team developed a software that has synced the various hospital departments for virtual movement of a patient’s information to help save time and hence lives.

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A silo that can detect temperature? How cool is that! Yes, they designed a silo with a sliding base for easy removal of stored grains and with a sensor to regulate its temperature.

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Installing a solar system these days is on the high side. These students came up with a service that installs these panels at a very low cost and bill you as you use it. The user needs to buy units into a special meter, the system stops delivering power if the payment is not made.

The teams were many and all had brilliant ideas. It was great to see undergraduate students think outside the box. Ghana has a bright future.

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