Polytechnic Student Wins ICTAM Awards
Chimole was declared a winner during a competition which was conducted by ICTAM at its annual General Meeting at Nkopola lodge in Mangochi.
The competition had seventeen shortlisted teams which were competing in the categories of: health care delivery, financial services, infrastructure and energy, education and training, social equity and robotics.
“I knew about the competition through a poster which made me submit an application which was later shortlisted. The event ran for two days from 5th to 6th November,” Chimole explained
Chimole came first in the Infrastructure and Energy Category with his invention of the Lynch Energy System. This system comprises of a small device which has sensors that enables users to monitor electricity usage remotely using a mobile phone or a computer.
In addition, Chimole won the overall award of the ‘Best Project’ during the whole competition.
For being voted the best project, Yusuf Chimole is expected to get K1million and a fully funded trip to either Kenya or Rwanda for the ICT event for Africa. These will be presented at a later date to be communicated.
The Lynch Energy System was also voted the best coding system in another competition during the African Science week which took place at the Chancellor College in Zomba.
Yusuf Chimole alongside a fellow classmate Francis Ganya took part in the coding competition where Chimole came first while Ganya came third with his invention of the Ulimi-net.
Ulimi-net is an information sharing platform that accommodates farmers from different places and languages to interact and communicate about agricultural related issues. It is similar to the well-known platform ‘Facebook’.
The Coding competition saw Chimole getting away with K80, 000 while Ganya got away with K40, 000 for coming third.