The University of Ibadan (UI) students working as Team HIVE have won the third edition of the Professor Ayodele Awojobi Design Competition (PAADC) and got the grand prize of N1million.
The team emerged winner of the contest out of the five institutions that made it to the grand finale. The contest which was organised by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Lagos (UNILAG), had over 100 submitted entries and convened participants from over 23 public and private higher institutions in Nigeria.
The team won with its produced robotic and artificial intelligence project which can be used for learning in tertiary institutions.
According to Erinoluwa Morenikeji who led the 5-member team, the “device intends to create a conducive environment for students to work, learn and build a network.
“Hive is an elite African robotics and artificial intelligence society that leverages the skills of adequately talented university students to build a society of incredibly adept engineers that are ready to contribute innovatively and dynamically to the advancement of the rapidly evolving fields of robotics and artificial intelligence.
“We want to create an enabling environment for university students to co-work, co-learn and co-build so that when they invade the global work space, they are a sum total of the skills of other ‘Hivers’ with which they have actively collaborated.
“The device is also meant to spark the flame of innovation in the hearts and minds of the next generation of Nigerian roboticists and engineers by organising and facilitating bootcamps and or initiating the infusion of robotics into the present curricula of secondary and primary schools.”
Erinoluwa also noted that the innovation has the potentials of influencing the Nigerian technological space as well as gearing it up for the next phase of technological progress.
Team WANTOPRINT of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) came second, with a cash prize of N800,000; while team iGLASS of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, came third with N700,000 cash prize.
Likewise, team LETMESEE and team FARMASS, both of UNILAG and UI, came fourth and fifth respectively, receiving consolation prizes for their intellectual efforts.