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News   Hazviperi Mbizi   December 3, 2019
PIC: Masikini and Chimole
Two Polytechnic Bachelor of Science in Information Technology fourth year students, Yusuf Chimole and Sam Masikini have gained local and international recognition in their Internet of Things (IoT) projects which each has developed.

The duo, who are also partners, had an auspicious month of November 2019, where Chimole was chosen to be among 1000 youths in the world to attend the World Expos, officially known as the International Registered Exhibitions in China with the system he developed called Lync Energy.

Chimole explained that the aim of the workshop was to create a conversation around Expo 2025’s role in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to serve as a source of inspiration for their communities’ challenges. 

“I was selected because of my system which is programmed to provide solutions according to the SDG number 7 which talks about affordable and clean energy as the population increase to grow,” he explained.

While Chimole was in China, Masikini’s voice controlling system called “Thandi’ received an annual Information Communication Technology Association of Malawi (ICTAM) innovation award for the best  IoT in the Artificial Intelligence category.

“This system is able to conduct an intruder detection alert, evidence capturing, facial recognition, voice control, gesture handling, smoke and fire detection plus electrical appliance control among others,”Maskini said.

Thandi also came second on the overall award of all projects presented where Masikiini will be required to represent ICTAM at the African Summit later.

During the presentation, Thandi was able to switch off the lights at the Sun and Sand Holiday Resort in Mangochi where the function was taking place.

The students would like to encourage their fellow students to engage in practical work while in college so that they should not find challenges once they finish school.


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