Source: www.africanakua.com |Conrad Kakaraba, Ghana
Hoola One, a team from the Universite de Sherbrooke, Canada, won the Grand Prize of $22,000 in the 2019 Global Social Innovation Challenge held at the University of San Diego, USA.
Hoola One developed a machine to clean microplastics from beaches. The idea is to limit the consumption of micro plastics by aquatic animals which causes plastics to enter into the food chain and poison it.
The 12 Sherbrooke Mechanical Engineering students developed the vacuum cleaner for beaches as part of their major design project in the university.
Video on Hoola One Machine: https://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2019/04/25/video-hoola-one-microplastic-removal-machine-arrives-on-hawaii/
Team Plastic-Blocks from Heritage Christian College, Ghana made it to the top 10 finalists this year with their project on using plastic materials to make pavement blocks (walkway slabs).
This year, the plastic waste menace featured prominently as 5 of the top 10 finalists focused on various solutions to deal with plastic waste.
The 2019 edition saw 42 teams from 25 universities from 12 countries on 6 continents.
The 2018 edition was won by Team Charcoal of Heritage Christian College, Ghana that produced charcoal from human excreta.