JKUAT Council Marvel at Innovations as Tech Expo Winner is Unveiled

Kiura explains how her innovation, Bamboo Enriched Yougurt, works. From Right; Prof Otoki, Prof Imbuga, Mr. Onyango, Eng. Tanui, Ms. Kivisi, Mr. Archer and Kebati Calvin, Expo Chairman.

Domestic Avocado Oil Extractor was announced the winner of the 8th edition of the JKUAT Tech Expo. The innovation exhibited by Betty King’ori and Susan Njeri aims at revolutionizing the avocado fruit farming industry by diversifying the capital a farmer can make from the sale of different avocado products especially avocado oil in order to empower themselves.

Pascal Aloo and Maureen Nkatha with their innovation, Simatech Automated Vending Machine, emerged second in a field of 28 innovations. The Simatech Automated Vending Machine dubbed SAVE is an innovative liquid vending machine that leverages on mobile money to allow for autonomous operation. The project aims at enabling people who look to get into the liquid vending business to do so with more efficiency and accountability, and to be able to run their businesses 24 hours a day.

Agriculture, the backbone of our economy was not left behind. Bamboo Enriched Yogurt project led by Kiura Kambi scooped the third position. The project aims at providing yogurt with a very high nutritional value with the help of bamboo powder.

Betty showcases one of her Avocado fruit product

This, Kiura says, provides nutritional attributes which help prevent diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. The bamboo enriched yogurt also contributes to increased contents of fiber, minerals, vitamin E, phytosterols contents and antioxidant capacity.

Earlier, JKUAT Council members led by Eng. John Tanui marveled at the exhibitions being showcased at the Expo. While lauding the students’ innovations, the Council indicated that innovation was the way to go if the country was to transform. They acknowledged that the innovations being showcased aimed at tackling the challenges faced by the country especially in agriculture and the health sector.  

“To tackle unemployment in the country, we need to encourage the students to continue coming up with innovations that can lead to wealth creation and betterment of their lives,” said Eng. Tanui.

Eng. Tanui, also the CEO of Konza Technology Development Authority, advised the students to take their innovations to the next level and liaise with the relevant departments of the University to help them commercialise  thus creating wealth for both the institution and the innovators.

Aloo and Maureen demonstrate how SAVE works

“As a Council, through the university, will help the innovators find relevant partners and investors to propel their innovations to the next level,” opined Eng. Tanui.

Eng. Tanui was accompanied by Council Members; Mr. Archer Arina, Ms. Felister Kivisi and Mr. Maurice Odhiambo Onyango, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) Prof. Mary Abukutsa, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance) Prof. Bernard Otoki and Chief Corporate Communication Officer, Dr. Hindzano Ngonyo.