The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum founded by the Falling Walls Foundation with the intention to connect aspiring innovators, to discover and develop talents and to build new and strong networks. All participants get the opportunity to present their initiative, research work, or business models to a high-calibre jury in 3 minutes each.
The 4th edition of the Falling Walls Lab Ghana took place on 17th may, 2019 at the conference room of the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, Legon. Aside the competitive aspect of the event, the concept of the event is to create a platform for young scientists and entrepreneurs in Ghana to enable them to network and share ideas.
About 50 candidates applied for the competition and 12 were selected to present at the event. All participants are either Bachelor or Master students and majority came from Accra. Three participants came from Jamasi, Tarkwa and Kumasi. Families and friends of the selected competitors as well as invited guests from the German Embassy, the university community and DAAD alumni were part of the audience. The delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana was a key partner in marketing the event and selection of participants.
Charlotte Abena Benyarku, a student from the University of Mine and Technology, Tarkwa, emerged as the winner with the idea ‘’Breaking the wall of deforestation for charcoal production’’. The audience award went to Harry Akligoh (also 1st runner up) for breaking the wall of instrument access for medical diagnostics. The 2nd runner up selected was Isaac Kojo Yedonu Aboah for breaking the wall of mental healthcare.
The winners were selected by a distinguished jury of experts from academia and business. On the 8th of November 2019 Charlotte will join 99 other competitors from all over the World for the Falling Walls Lab Final in Berlin. We wish her the very best and look forward to hosting the next Falling Walls Lab Ghana event next May, 2020.
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