A student from Egerton University has been recognized for his efforts in favor of innovation.
Joseph Nguthiru has been selected as one of the top six young innovators in the East Africa region.
This followed a competitive selection by a panel of eminent experts established by the East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO).
Nguthiru received its president Innovation Award from Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, represented by Vice President Jessica Alupo.
The award was presented in the presence of EASTECO President, Prof. Walter Oyawa, Executive Secretary, Dr. Sylvance Okoth and other members of the Board of Directors of the Commission.
Oyawa is also the Director General of the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI).
The award saw Kenya demonstrate its prowess and leadership in innovations aimed at improving prosperity and livelihoods in the East African region.
Nguthiru was awarded for her potentially game-changing innovation on a global scale as she seeks to convert or transform troublesome water hyacinth into biodegradable alternatives to single-use plastic products.
The innovation mainly converts water hyacinth (the most problematic aquatic weed in the world) in biodegradable products such as wrappers, plastic straws, cups and party plates.
These biodegrade in three to six months. Innovation can have several objectives related to the use of plastics.
Professor Oyawa commended the leadership of EASTECO, through Dr Okoth, and expressed the Commission’s determination to identify and work with young innovators in the region by providing the necessary advice and experts on the protection of innovation through patenting, scaling up and commercialization of innovation, the legal framework for innovation, innovative entrepreneurship. and innovation royalties.
The three-day event was organized by EASTECO with the support and in collaboration with ITS stakeholders in the region.
Ministries in charge of STI, National Science and Technology Councils/Commissions are also involved.