Sote Innovation Fair 2018 - Recommendations from the judges
SOTE INNOVATION FAIR
JUDGES COMMENTS ON ECONOMIC VIABILITY
Three comments before discussing the individual ideas and their potential for viability.
● Firstly it was impressive that the students were in touch with the pressing matters facing
the nation and various incidents and were moved to build solutions to solve these
problems. Things that made the headlines found their way into their innovation e.g. The
Solai Dam incident, road accidents, electoral fraud.They also dealt with things that
weren’t headlines but were societal issues such as dangers facing the girl child, maternal
mortality, waste management and food security.
● Secondly there was a lot of contextual innovation especially around the areas of wildlife
conservation and the other on the Tomoko (Custard apple) fruit which again was
● Finally teacher effort reflected in the presentation and innovations - some students
seemed to have good ideas but seemed to be pulling the weight by themselves.
Viability can be looked at in several ways - we will try to classify it as follows
1. Viable if remixed and combined
2. Viable if improved
3. Viable but has to compete with existing solutions (not unique)
4. Viable with focus on a paying market
5. Viable as is
VIABLE IF REMIXED AND COMBINED
Three solutions around wildlife can be viable if remixed and combined as one. Anisan, Pori
Booster and Okoa Rhino all focused on wildlife tracking.
In the news this week the KWS had launched an app called WILD to combat poachers.
So while on their own Anisan, Okoa Rhino and Pori Booster might not compete. A combination
of the three which offers
● Signal boosters when the animals are moving around which help in relaying data
● Monitoring of animal vitals - Blood pressure, infections, injuries impeding movement
● Monitoring of environment - Air quality and other measures
Then they can compete.
Also they can use the recent history of Anisan having competed in the US and the fact that they
are high schoolers.
VIABLE IF IMPROVED
The two waste management solutions are viable if improved.
1. The smart bin from Moi Girls (a. Globe?) the sensor part is great and also the fact that it
allows household collectors means every house doesn’t have to keep a bin for long and
whichever garbage collection or sanitation company that adopts it will win.
The additional improvement that might work will be to add compartments for different
type of waste e.g. plastic, organic and the rest (highly likely paper) and a chemical filter
component which by assessing carbon combinations can determine what kind of waste it
is without passing the cognitive load to the homeowner.
2. The sewer management from Murray Girls need to focus on repackaging the output
from sewage recycling… while people might find it obnoxious to eat food grown on
sewage… no one will find it obnoxious to use sewage to grow trees or rehabilitate desert
areas. Circular management is a big thing in the world right now… they are onto
something but it needs work. Also sewer isn’t the best of names - maybe again focus on
the end result Green Africa or something… Also the other uses might have been viable
but the fact that they presented all of them in one sitting made the waste the focus of the
presentation instead of making the new output the focus.
VIABLE BUT HAVE TO COMPETE WITH EXISTING SOLUTIONS (NOT
Reflux GT and other teams working on car trackers as well as all other teams working on
employment solutions have to compete with existing solutions in the market. Nothing really
differentiates them. The biometrics solution and Linda Mama also did not have a differentiator.
It will require too much of an investment to compete.
VIABLE WITH A FOCUS ON A PAYING MARKET
All the winning solutions need to find a paying market.
WE - SAFE while we understand that they would like to alert residents on dams breaching can
be viable if they focus on possible payers (other interested parties in dam levels)
● City Water companies
● Emergency response organizations (Red Cross)
● Horticultural farms with similar installations to Solai
S-APP has a great concept of peer to peer learning. If they can sell the concept to schools it
would be an easy win. If they can’t they will have to work with advertisers and student data to
make revenue (of course this will have privacy and consent challenges)
Sitaki can also be used by organizations working with women and girls such as CREAW and
others. Licensing can be the business model and they can use high schools to increase the
number of girls on the application (numbers are what will sell to any NGO).
Ukulima Digitech need to focus on the Urban Household - they should tailor their solution for
the person growing food in their flat terrace. This means they have to cut costs to be less than
the average spend on groceries, offer support and advice on growing. To sell in bulk they will
have to target real estate developers who can offer houses which come with a unit of their
VIABLE AS IS
Tomoko Juice is viable as is. They just need to find a distribution model and slightly improve
packaging but they are good to go. They need to get rid of “Afia” from their name - too similar
P. S - It helps if the team names have memorable names that allude to the product SAWABE
seem to have good marks on our sheets but we can’t remember what they were working on