Three students from the School of Science and Technology selected to take part in the Red Bull Basement Competition

By Brenda Odhiambo

Three students from the School of Science and Technology have been selected as part of the 85 teams that are representing Kenya in the Red Bull basement, a competition that sees University students from around the globe share innovative ways to use technology to bring about positive change.

The competition, which was launched in 2015, will be held virtually this year, in keeping with the global restrictions to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizers hope that a virtual event, which breaks down location and physical barriers to entry will spur participants to come up with a wider array of innovative ideas.

The students who are in the running to represent the country, and also representing USIU-Africa are:

  • Jeet Gohil and Khushi Gupta, whose project, Vision Autocorrect, explores an application that is able to detect changes in facial expressions and adjust the screen resolution of your advice accordingly making your eyes not to strain and therefore avoiding injury. This application will play a key role in enhancing the visual health of users who constantly use the screen unaware aware of the impact it has on their eyes.
  • Lisa Mwikali and Ivy Wanjiku, who are pitching Livy Connect, an application that will be able to link venture capitalists and idea owners with an aim of making ideas being converted into viable innovations that will change the world. This will create more employment opportunities for people with fresh viable ideas.
  • Khushi Gupta and Abdihamid Ali, with Embedded Green, which is based on the premise that 60 percent of students run out of money before the end of the semester, most of which is consumed by the purchase of food. Embedded Green will therefore provide sustainable urban farming for students by remotely monitoring the environmental conditions, the plants health and tutoring the students on how to take care of specific plants. The student is also assured that whatever they are eating is organic. The solution is envisioned as one that will play a key role in enhancing a greener, cleaner, cheaper, and beautiful environment, source of food, source of income, enhanced mental well-being and extra-curricular activities for students.

    The voting process is currently closed, with selection of the best projects by a local panel of judges closing on November 1. The shortlisted projects will be presented at the Global Workshop, scheduled to run from December 11 to December 13, 2020, and preceded by a Development phase from November 2 to December 10. This will culminate into the Final Pitch, to be held on December 13, where one idea will be crowned as the “Best Idea of 2020”.The students will be competing against their peers from other local universities, including the University of Nairobi, Maseno University, JKUAT, Strathmore, among others.

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