UKaid funded Climate Information Prize holds first awards event

Climate Information Prize winners
The 2016 Climate Information Prize

Yesterday (6 April), the Climate Information Prize hosted its first ever awards event.

The event was a resounding success with much excitement and entertainment throughout the day.

The purpose of the event was to stimulate discussion around climate information and innovation and award winners of the first CIP prize, the Wazo Prize.

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We were honoured to have the Kenya Meteorological Department Director, James Kongoti as our Guest of Honour and comedian Eric Omondi as our Master of Ceremonies.

James Kongoti
Nicki Spence with Kenya Meteorological Department Director, James Kongoti. Photo: Twitter/NickijSpence

13 winners were chosen to receive a cash award for putting forward innovative ideas designed to improve accessibility and usability of climate information to help reduce vulnerability to the weather and climate.

Sam Owilly
Winner Sam Owilly collects his award.

We were also delighted to launch our next prize, the Tekeleza which is focused on implementing new initiatives using climate information to help vulnerable communities. The maximum prize will be $200,000.

The following were awarded cash prizes:

Sam Owilly and his partner Boniface Akuku Virtual Platform for Agro-Weather Advisory Services (Pawa-Farm)

 

1st place – $15,000
Dennis Odera and Kenneth Ewan WeFarm 2nd place – $10,000
Grace Mativo Kyamatu Climate Smart Village

 

3rd place – $7,500
Runner ups    
Serah Kyalo

Mukingi Climate Information Users CBO

 

Mukingi CBO Cereals, Pulses & Grass Seed Production Business

 

Runner up – $5,000
Daniel Murgor

 

I-Farm System Runner up – $5,000
Berlyne Oganji

Green Belemy Africa

 

Climate Information for Improved Crop Production

 

Runner up – $5,000
Charles Ng’an’ga and his partner Patrick Munene

 

Climate Change Research and Advisory Centre

 

Visoi Ward Climate Information Services

 

Runner up – $5,000
Teddy Odindo

Eco Frontier

 

Eco Frontier Climate Smart Agriculture Resource Centre

 

Runner up – $5,000
Nicholas Ozor

ATPSnet

 

LandInfo Mobile App

 

Runner up – $5,000
Magdalene Kitai

Emayian Organization

 

Project: Improving access to climate information with a view of enhancing pastoralism among the Maasai people

 

Runner up – $5,000
Arafat Mukasa

 

Mobiaas Runner up – $5,000
Flora Nzambuli and Purity Mueni

 

Flora & Partners Livestock Fattening Enterprises Runner up – $5,000
Jacqueline Orme

 

Drink-able solutions’ – to predict and harvest rainfall Runner up – $5,000

For more information please visit www.climateinformationprize.org or on Twitter at @CIPrize.