#BigBangMoment: Matibabu Takes Home the Trophy

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We have another great #BigBangMoment from one of our Accelerator alumni to share with you: Matibabu, which is developing a non-invasive malaria testing device, has just been named the winner of the 2017 ASME ISHOW Competition in Kenya!

Publish Date

07 JUN 2017

We have another great #BigBangMoment from one of our Accelerator alumni to share with you: Matibabu, which is developing a non-invasive malaria testing device, has just been named the winner of the 2017 ASME ISHOW Competition in Kenya!

The ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) is a global competition for hardware-led ventures set up by ASME, a global network of engineers, designers, investors and entrepreneurs. The competition focuses on rewarding design & engineering excellence in physical products which are on their way to market.

Matibabu’s device pairs with a smartphone-based diagnostics platform to provide instantaneous, self-contained malaria diagnostics. This means that malaria diagnoses can be carried out in remote areas by people with minimal training, and comparatively inexpensive equipment – a great advancement in the fight against malaria on the African subcontinent. Aside from improving mortality rates associated with malaria, better access to reliable diagnostics will reduce medication misuse among people who simply (and sometimes erroneously) take malaria medication if they develop a fever, fearing that they may have contracted malaria. This will allow for even more effective allocation of resources in the fight against malaria in the coming years. Matibabu is currently releasing its 5th generation prototype of the hardware, and is now looking to go into clinical trials.

The Matibabu app is able to turn diagnoses around much faster than current blood-drawing tests – it can provide an answer in around 60 seconds, compared to the 30 minutes currently taken. It can also emit mosquito-repelling noises to ward off insects in the immediate vicinity of the user. The Ugandan startup took part in the Accelerator program in Darmstadt in Spring 2016. Since then, they have gone from strength to strength, with highlight including meeting Bill Gates , participating in the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield 2017 and presenting at the CES. As winners of the ISHOW, Matibabu will receive technical support and an extensive design and engineering review from the ASME foundation’s network of experts to help them develop their product further. They also receive a cash prize of $10,000, and will become part of the global ISHOW alumni network.

This is a fantastic achievement from Matibabu, and we wish them all the best as they continue developing their offering!

Are you interested in creating some #BigBangMoments of your own? Now’s your chance! Applications for our Accelerator are open until Monday 26th June 2017. Apply now here: http://bit.ly/2pxkYIm (Germany) or here:http://bit.ly/2oIm3if (Kenya).

 

 


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