Pan-African Competition – in Low cost instruments and entrepreneurship for development

The 2020 Pan-African competition in low-cost technologies served to identify and develop next generation of young scientists, leaders, and entrepreneurs in Africa. It was open to all countries of Africa.

The organizers

UK: Stoyan Smoukov, Kaspar Althoefer, London, UK
Africa: African Spectral Imaging Network (AFSIN,, Ivory Coast


  • Design and fabricate a proof-of-concept low cost instruments using a microcontroller in these themes:
    1. COVID-19 or malaria-related innovation
    2. Robotics and/or automation in the fields of agricultural, energy, or medical use
    3. Entrepreneurship in upcycling of computer hard drives into centrifuges for field diagnostics
  • Develop technical and entrepreneurial innovation capacities of young scientists in African countries.