Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology innovation profile has received considerable boost following the crowning of a mobile application designed by JKUAT students to promote road safety in Kenya.
Presented by Gilbert Nakiboli, a JKUAT final year student of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, the application dubbed SafariWiz, emerged tops, March 5, 2018, bagging the Start-up for Better Energy award under the Total Startupper of the Year 2019 Challenge, organized by oil multinational, Total.
The challenge running in 55 countries around the world, aims at supporting good ideas and projects that help address widespread problems affecting communities.
Employing the use of GIS, GPS, and Maps technologies, SafariWiz is able to readily aid road users by providing crucial information on, for instance weather and accidents. It also enables drivers to easily gauge essential trip time service providers such as garages, service stations and ambulance services among others.
Having bagged the first place in the 9th JKUAT Tech Expo, Nakiboli attests that the challenge gave him and his team a platform to showcase the innovation to the world and increase the number of downloads of the application.
“The Challenge came at the right time for us. Winning Tech Expo 9.0 gave us the confidence and hunger for more and the challenge provided an opportunity to increase traction to our innovative product,” said Nakiboli.
With over 13,000 downloads, Nakiboli believes the app plays a vital role in reducing road accidents, congestion and enhances the response time of emergency services to road accidents.
With the award, SafariWiz is looking at a possible partnership with the Total affiliate in Kenya in matters road safety.