Jimma Institute team places with long-distance presentation from Ethiopia

Team marantha,lead by Habtamu Abafoge, third place prize award representing Jimma Institute Technology (JiT) of health from Ethiopia.

Team maranatha_took third prize with its clever yet simple device for alerting practitioners about an overflowing suction pump — a serious situation in developing-world hospitals that often lack backup pumps. The award marked the first time that a team has placed in the competition via a long-distance submission, and conference organizers said they hope the win will spur international interest.

“It is especially exciting to have the continued participation of teams from JIT, which first competed last year with two teams,” said competition organizer Veronica Leautaud, director of education for Rice’s Beyond Traditional Borders program. “Their participation is leading the way for us to expand the event to include more international teams in the future. The JIT teams offered everyone a glimpse into solutions that are being developed locally in Africa, and that’s something we’d like to feature more.”

The competition, which is sponsored by Rice 360° Institute for Global Health Technologies and Beyond Traditional Borders, grew by more than 30 percent this year and drew 35 teams, including nine from Rice and five from the Jimma Institute of Technology (JIT) at Ethiopia’s Jimma University. Twenty-three teams from 18 universities participated in the final round of competition. :@Jimma,Ethiopia


Jimma University has also appreciated Mr.Stephan Dria for his hard working and advisory role during the competition.


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