Former Kenya U19 lock Kelvin Gacheru has been shortlisted for the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2016/17 Africa Prize For Engineering Innovation.
An alumni of the Nairobi School, Gacheru won the 2012 Impala Floodlit with University of Nairobi side, Mean Machine Rfc. He started all of Kenya’s fixtures at the 2009 Junior World Rugby Trophy in Nairobi and was part of the Kifaru franchise that lifted the Rugby Super Series title in 2014 and currently turns out for Kenya Cup side Nondescripts RFC.
His innovation, “Tank Mkononi” is a system that allows building managers and tank owners - urban and rural - to monitor and control water levels in their reserve tanks.
The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through a six-month period of training and mentoring.
We congratulate Kelvin and wish him all the best as he continues to make a mark on and off the pitch.