Sunday, September 20

Philips Africa’s health-focused competition finalists revealed

Phillips Nigeria obviously understand the key importance of health and the role that health plays in the life of every individual. This year, they have demonstrated that knowledge of health’s importance by organizing a competition that is solely themed on health.

Calling for entries, Phillips Nigeria which is a diversified healthcare company received several submissions from over 61 candidates whom they had no narrow down to just five finalists.

Philips Africa's health-focused competition finalists revealed Technology: General

The contest, which was tagged the South Africa Innovation Fellows competition 2015 had all entries reviewed by a special panel of judges – The Phillips Innovation Fellowship Adjudication Steering Committee. This panel of judges picked Carol Thomas as the overall winner of the competition for her innovation named iMobiMana. iMobiMana is an online platform and kiosk that aims to service pregnant and nursing mothers. In short, maternal care is the driving force behind iMobiMana.

Dean Hodgkiss grabbed the second place in the competition with a solution that would be applicable in low resource settings for people to have adequate access to healthcare while the top three was capped by bronze winner, Ragesh Pillai, who developed mhealth – what would come to be known as a small kit for managing diabetes even in remote areas.

Looking to have a total of five finalists, the fourth and fifth are respectively ZAR 12,000 alongside some training to develop their ideas, business plan and presentation before competing for final grand prize of ZAR 200,000 come November, 2015.

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