#ElGerentedeFrenteconlaGente The company utilities Emserpucar Esp We want to congratulate Jorge Hernan Salazar Baena and Jimy Aguirre with the innovation endeavor GreenyWave #SaveWater is for us a pride that in our country develops these technologies, it would be very useful for our municipality to implement them. Cartagena del Chaira for years suffered the violence and forced displacement of many relatives, and received no social investment, nor infrastructure, now in times of peace, it needs urgently. We are interested in the implementation of the @Greenywave technology to improve the welfare of the population and guarantee potable water service. Robinson Ochoa – CEO
The shortlist for the prestigious £1 million 2018 Newton Prize has been published, featuring 22 proposals between researchers in the UK and Brazil, Chile*, Colombia and Mexico.
Each year the Newton Prize is awarded to projects that demonstrate the best science or innovation; promoting the economic development and social welfare of Newton partner countries. The prize sheds light on the challenges faced by the developing world and how Newton Fund partnerships are helping to solve them. It also incentivises researchers to join the Newton Fund as partners with the UK to address global challenges such as poverty, climate change and public health.
This year 140 Newton funded projects, fellowships or other awards applied for the Newton Prize. Four prizes of up to £200,000 each will be awarded to winning projects with the eligible Latin American countries. There will also be an additional prize (the Chair’s Award) of £200,000 for a project with the potential for broader impact with other developing countries.
Applications for this year’s prize were received from a range of institutions, including universities and companies from the UK and abroad. Shortlisted applications take on numerous sustainable development goals: from improving health and wellbeing to reducing inequalities, building sustainable cities, and contributing to peace and justice. They also span the Newton Fund’s three pillars of work: the development of people, new research, and translating ideas into innovations.
Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, Newton Prize Committee Chair and President of the Royal Society and Nobel Laureate, said: “As the Chair of the judging committee I am thrilled that we have such an exciting and competitive shortlist and I look forward to working with the international judging committee to decide the winners.
“One of the aims of the Newton Prize is to highlight the lasting partnerships developed between UK researchers and their colleagues in Newton Fund partner countries to solve global challenges.
“Latin America has a wealth of excellent researchers working in collaboration with the UK to tackle issues as diverse as post conflict studies, biodiversity, health and energy through the Newton Fund partnerships in the region. Science and innovation often depends on working in partnership across the globe: sharing knowledge and resources to enhance our understanding and make discoveries with the potential to change lives.”
Sir Venki leads a distinguished and independent Newton Prize committee with expertise in the development sector, the Latin American region as well as science and innovation. The committee will review the short-listed applications, along with feedback from expert peer reviewers, and choose the winners.
During November the shortlisted projects below will be celebrated at award events taking place in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, where the winning project for that country will be announced. These events will be followed by a UK reception in December hosted by Sam Gyimah MP, the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation to celebrate international and science innovation collaborations.
The shortlisted applications are as follows:
Bioelectrochemical systems to reduce the environmental impact of coffee agro-industry. Project lead: Associate Professor Lina María Agudelo Escobar, Microbiology School of University of Antioquia.
Peace-building and equitable development in Colombia: using community-based knowledge as a basis for negotiated development strategies at the intersection of urban and rural areas.
Project partners: Maria Soledad Garcia Ferrari, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design, University of Edinburgh and Monica Elizabeth Mejia Escalante, Professor, National University of Colombia Medellín Campus.
Biomarkers of therapeutic response in children affected by neglected tropical diseases.
Project partners: Richard Burchmore, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow and Maria Adelaida Gomez, Coordinator, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Unit, CIDEIM International Training and Medical Research Center.
Sustainable Energy Storage Technologies using Palm Tree Residues from Colombia.
Project partners: Professor Magdalena Titirici, Queen Mary University of London and Diana Lopez, Professor and Group Coordinator, University of Antioquia.
To scale up the development of an intelligent water measurement device at the industrial level in order to save this valuable resource in Colombia and to serve as a model to be replicated in other countries. Project lead: Jimy Alexander Aguirre, Hardware Coordinator.
Design, creation and implementation of a “Mineral Benefit School Plant, municipality of Segovia – Antioquia, Colombia”.
Project lead: Lesli Zapata Sánchez, Co-founder and Assistant Management, Nanotecol.
The leader of the GreenyWave Research team, is interviewed by the Regional Newspaper of the South of Colombia
Se trata de Jimmy Alexánder Aguirre Vallejo, quien hace parte del selecto grupo de proyectos que está nominado al Premio Newton, de la Real Academia de Ingeniería de Inglaterra. Participan México, Colombia, Brasil y Chile. Por parte de Colombia, hay solo seis proyectos en los que se incluye la del neivano. Las otras cinco son todas de Antioquia.
Por: Caterin Manchola
Diario del Huila, especial
Cuando era niño hacía experimentos con cables, bombillo, luces y motores. Siempre se ha caracterizado como muy inquieto y ha tenido pasión por crear. De esta manera se define así mismo Jimmy Alexánder Aguirre Vallejo.
El neivano de corazón, hace parte del selecto grupo de proyectos que está nominado al Premio Newton, de la Real Academia de Ingeniería de Inglaterra.
Cuenta que su madre ha sido clave en todo este proceso y que gracias a ese amor por la tecnología, pudo crecer y salir ileso de un contexto con bastantes problemáticas sociales.
“Crecí en Neiva en una zona bastante olvidada por el Estado, con un índice alto de inseguridad, violencia y consumo de sustancia alucinógenas; entonces mi mamá nos orientó a la innovación, investigación y desde muy pequeños jugamos con estas cosas. Eso nos logró alejar de ese ambiente”, expresó.
Gracias a ello, estudió ingeniería electrónica y durante su aprendizaje tuvo varios reconocimientos fruto de sus proyectos. Realizó una especialización en una universidad del exterior y actualmente está cursando otra. Ha participado en ferias de ingeniería, innovación y asegura tener cientos de inventos.
Pero de las cosas más curiosas que recuerda, es uno de sus inventos a los 10 años, que se robó la admiración de sus compañeros de clase y la profesora.
“Cada ocho días debíamos llevar un invento. Una vez creé un juego de preguntas y respuestas, con puntillas clavadas en una tabla. Le puse una hoja de papel encima con preguntas, y las respuestas al otro lado las seleccionaba con un cable. Si era correcta, alumbraba un bombillo. Entonces era al final bastante peligroso porque era una tabla con 200 de clavos saliendo, pero también curioso porque uno aprendía. Tenía claro que si cerraba el circuito el bombillo alumbraba, y eso era lo más importante. Este funcionaba con 110 voltios, no con baterías, entonces varias veces tuve descargas de energía”, rememoró alegremente.
The prestigious magazine of the Royal Academy of Engineering of England, interview our Research Leader
GreenyWave – say goodbye to water waste
Jimmy Aguirre, a Colombian Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF) entrepreneur, is piloting GreenyWave, an IoT (internet of things) device which works alongside traditional water meters and aims to reduce water waste. We interviewed him about his innovation, his achievements since participating in LIF and his lessons learned:
Can you briefly describe your innovation and tell us what inspired you to create it?
One morning I got out of bed early, turned on the light and saw the whole house was flooded. I went out to the balcony and saw that there was water in the street, and in several of my neighbours’ properties, creating a lot of expensive damage.
I began researching water issues, and discovered that around 42% of the water supply in Colombia is lost. This is a global problem, with 22 – 30% of water lost from European water systems. Surprising to some, London is recognised as one of the 11 major cities most at risk of running out of water.
Three Royal Academy of Engineering projects have been shortlisted for the 2018 Newton Prize, an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that promotes the economic development and social welfare of Newton partner countries.
The selected projects are working to address a range of challenges – from sustainable mining practices in Colombia to the development of virtual reality teaching simulations for medical students in Mexico.
The three Academy-supported projects are:
- Surgical planner and simulation based on virtual reality – Fabio Antonio Gonzalez Sanchez, Chief Executive, Verum VR Medical (Mexico)
- To scale up the development of an intelligent water measurement device at the industrial level in order to save this valuable resource in Colombia and to serve as a model to be replicated in other countries – Jimy Alexander Aguirre, Hardware Coordinator (Colombia)
- Design, creation and implementation of a Mineral Benefit School Plant, municipality of Segovia – Antioquia, Colombia – Lesli Zapata Sánchez, Co-founder and Assistant Management, Nanotecol (Colombia)
The three projects are led by alumni of the Academy’s Leaders in Innovation Fellowships programme, which offers UK-based training to help researchers from emerging economies build the entrepreneurial skills needed to commercialise their work. Since launching in 2015, LIF has provided commercialisation and entrepreneurship support to over 700 innovators, working across all technology sectors from 15 partner countries. From 2015-2017, $70 million of innovation investment has been raised by participants of the programme.
When I woke up one morning. I saw that a water leak made my whole house flooded. AS the water reached the avenue it Caused damage to my neighbors. From there I am interested in the problems with the water that the cities have. In Colombia, 42 percent of drinking water is lost on its journey from the water utility company to the point of use, due to leakages and inadequate infrastructure. In Europe, between 22 and 30 percent of water for human consumption is lost. In 2030, global water demand will exceed by 40 percent the total available. London is one of the 11 largest cities in the world most likely to run out of drinking water. GreenyWave is a smart device installed on the conventional meter and connected to the network that will help you to Save money. Have access to online readings and online consumption data. No change meter Save water Detect leaks early to avoid waste Monitor 24/7 Leaks Alert BE connected. Connected with bi-directional communication that enables connections with other IoT devices in a customer’s home. Open / Close valve to cut water