Two University of Nairobi students, Taita Ngetich, 5th year, Mechanical Engineering and Brian Bett, 4th year, Economics and Statistics, have been declared finalists of the Global Innovation for Science and Technology (GIST) competition. This will give them the opportunity to pitch their innovation dubbed ‘Mkulima Hodari’ during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit scheduled for July 2015, in Kenya.

The duo who are now among the 30 finalists, were ranked position 2 in Africa and 5 in the world out of 792 innovations pitched. While thanking the University of Nairobi community for voting for them to proceed to the finals, Taita revealed that their innovation garnered 6,059 votes. The summit is expected to draw attention from world leaders including United States of America’s President Barack Obama.

Mkulima Hodari is a solar powered greenhouse automation system with sensors that monitor temperature, humidity and soil moisture and regulates water through the drip lines. The system is then linked to the farmer’s mobile phone via SMS to enable remote monitoring and control of the greenhouse from anywhere.

The competition is now in your hands so vote for your favorite application or those teams from your nation! These amazing young scientists and entrepreneurs are looking to change their communities. Vote and give them the best possible chance to change their world and progress to the Finals in Nairobi, Kenya in July. Also new this year is the opportunity for all voters to enter for the chance to win a GIST Regional Startup Boot Camp for 2016 in their country or a country of their selection in the March to One Million Votes Campaign. For more information on this and instructions on how to vote, visit