The idea of a 22-year-old engineering University student in Cameroon has been chosen as the best innovation in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the country for the year 2020. Nervis Nzometiah Tetsop, who hails from the country’s war-torn South West region, has developed a system known as E-Waste 3D Printer, to build 3D printers for educational purposes.

The winner of the prize was handed a prize-money of XAF 10 million (about $18, 000) and material items worth XAF five million (circa $9, 000). The material items included a high-quality laptop, a smartphone, and a 4G internet modem. He has also won a chance to attend three online ICT training programs, with one of the training to be done by the Foundation of Nigerian billionaire, Tony Elumelu.

Nervis’ project was selected from a lot of 15 ideas submitted within the framework of Cameroon’s second ICT innovation week which took place from 24 – 28 August 2020 in the capital, Yaounde. The projects bordered on innovations intended to proffer solutions to some challenges faced by Cameroonians on a daily basis.

Cameroon's Telecommunications Minister hands cheque to winner, Nervis Nzometiah Tetsop, at the end of the ICT week.

About the 3D E-Waste Printer

Nervis Nzometiah Tetsop’s project is designed to make 3D printers using recycled electronic waste. The project is said to be environmentally friendly because apart from making available high-quality printers for educational purposes, it also goes a long way in solving the problem of environmental pollution from the dumping of E-waste. The product is also meant to be affordable for many educational institutions.

“The money I have just won will help me and my team develop our project. As engineering students, we are focusing on developing printers that can help schools because many of them lack materials like 3D printers. We have already built one, but we hope that in the nearest future, we will be able to produce them in greater numbers for the market,” Nervis said after being crowned overall winner of the competition.

Cameroon government’s support for youth in digital endeavors

Posts and Telecommunications Minister Minette Li Likeng, who handed over the prizes to the laureates, hailed them for their strides, reiterating the government’s desire to support the youth in their efforts to help develop and expand Cameroon’s digital economy.

“Government, in this light, has undertaken to implement appropriate measures for the emergence of digital Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) led by young people through institutional mechanisms which are aimed at stimulating creativity,” Likeng explained as she closed the Cameroon ICT innovation week on Friday. She said the government remains committed to encouraging innovative ideas - the goal being to “promote an environment favorable for the creation and development of viable businesses in the digital sector in Cameroon.”

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