A five-week design conference organised by the International Development and Design Summit (IDDS) in partnership with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on innovation has ended in Kumasi with a final presentations and showcasing of products created by participants during the Summit.
About 70 foreign nationals drawn from 16 countries comprising farmers, teachers, artisans, students among other professions pulled together at the Suame International Technology Transfer Unit (ITTU) to display their products at the fifth annual Makers Faire Africa.
Products and innovations displayed included Nim oil mosquito repellent, Moringa seed shelling device, oil extracted from Moringa and other innovative products.
The annual programme, which is the second in Ghana, is aimed at sharing innovations with the public and celebrates African ingenuity.
In an interview with Focus fm’s David Apinga, the founder of IDDS and a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Professor Amy Smith said the only challenge the Summit is facing in Ghana has to do with logistics. She praised Ghanaians for the hospitality accorded her and her team.
Rev. George Fuakye, a member of the organising team in Ghana said the organisation of the Summit is satisfactory because competent people have been planted to man the programme. Their challenge according to Rev. Fuakye is acquiring raw materials for participants.
Speaking at the programme, Professor Samuel I.K. Ampadu, Provost of the College of Engineering at KNUST said the College has opened its doors to welcome any innovation aimed at national development.
The Provost stated that the College is aiming at becoming the best in the world hence its quest to partner agencies in different parts of the world. He pledged KNUSTs support to the Summit.
Focus Fm, KNUST