Malawi computer scientist Rachael Sibande wins $25 000 Next Einstein Innovation Award

Malawian technology expert and computer  scientist, Rachel Sibande has done the country proud by scoping a $25,000 award (approximately K18,375,000) in a pan African competition for scientific innovations and inventions at the just ended Next Einstein Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.

Sibande: CEO of Malawi’s first technology hub called mhub. This is an incubator for technology startups.

Sibande who is the brain behind Malawi’s first innovation hub and incubator for emerging entrepreneurs, Mhub Company, emerged winner in the Climate Smart Innovation Track category.

She presented her technology prototype on use of maize cobs to produce combustible gas which ultimately generates electricity. This could solve some of Malawi’s energy challenges.

In her victory speech, Sibande said; “This is for the daughters of the continent. May they thrive in science to innovate and invent more home grown solutions.”

This is not the first time Sibande has brought home prestigious awards; she is a Google Awardee, she has been listed by Forbes, she was awarded at the World Youth Forum and recognized by the Commonwealth Polytechnic of African Universities, among others.

The Next Einstein Forum is the largest gathering of African scientists bringing together over 1600 scientists and academics from Africa in different research areas. The Global Gathering was graced by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Mak Sally of Senegal.

The NEF received 133 scientific applications from African scientists mostly pursuing PhDs in science fields such as Climate Smart Technologies, Deep Technology and Personalized Health Technology.

The top 16 applicants were selected and pitched their innovations in three categories to judges for three to four minutes each on two occasions focusing on the technology, impact and scalability. The final two in each category then presented in plenary live at the closing ceremony of the NEF Global Gathering 2018 which was graced by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Mak Sally.

The Next Einstein Forum will happen again in 2020 in Nairobi Kenya. The innagural forum was held in Dakar in 2016.

In her words: Sibande’s education background

I attended Carewell Primary School in Lilongwe. In 1997 and I went to Our Lady of Wisdom Secondary School in Blantyre. I read for a Bachelor’s degree in Science at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College (Chanco) for the love, passion and curiosity that I had and still have for computers and mathematics. In 2005, I graduated from Chanco majoring in Computer Science and Statistics. In 2009, I attained a Master’s degree in Coding Theory and Cryptography with a distinction from Mzuzu University. I am currently reading for a PhD in Computer Science from Rhodes University in South Africa

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Dr Mwawi Chipapi MBBS
Dr Mwawi Chipapi MBBS
4 years ago

Good one mlongosi. This is what we want. Alomwe sangazithe izi. Iwo koma kupakula misonkho yathu

RawStuff
RawStuff
4 years ago

Congrats mlongosi !!!

Jof
Jof
4 years ago

Congratulations.

MAGUFULI
MAGUFULI
4 years ago

WITH BUSHIRI AS YOUR PRESIDENT GUYS ,I CAN SEE MALAWI
MOVING TOWARDS PROSPERITY

LET THESE OLD MADALAS WITH
SICKNESSES ALL OVER THEIR
BODIES (NYAMAKAZI FROM HEAD TO TOES)

REST IN PEACES LIKE THEIR MATE BOB MUGABE

LONG LIVE OUR YOUTHS !!

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
4 years ago

Congratulations mwali……. You make us all proud to be Malawian.

Andrew
Andrew
4 years ago

Hmmmmmmm you lady, you are great! You are another daughter of that ambitious and intelligent, daring place.

D. Tembo
D. Tembo
4 years ago

Congratulations Rachel Sibande. Indeed you made us Malawians proud in Kigali /Rwanda and Malawi flag raised up again because of you. We need more Rachel Sibandes and Matthews Mutumbukas around for our country to develop further. Yes we can

Solomon Nkhalamba
Solomon Nkhalamba
4 years ago

Congratulation, so proud of you. Wish you more successful achievements!

Wamkulu Zinthu
Wamkulu Zinthu
4 years ago

Congrats gal. Mkazi uyu wofunika kumukwatira basi

malawi
malawi
4 years ago

Rachel tiyambe ubale waukazembe. Ndufuna mkazi wa brain ngati uyu

BANDA
BANDA
4 years ago
Reply to  malawi

Problem, amuna a masiku ano are mostly losers. Let her be cleverer and choose a man who will not put her down.

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