Two Top Caribbean ...

Two Top Caribbean Innovators Win Lucrative Science & Innovation Prizes

Two Jamaican entrepreneurs with connections to infoDev/EPIC’s training and facilitation in the Caribbean, Harlo Mayne and Jovan Evans, have won awards in the country’s 2014 Innovation Awards in Science and Technology.

Mayne, who is also a 2014 Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) Proof of Concept (PoC) winner, took the top prize of JMD750,000 (about USD 7,500)  as Innovator of the Year for his H2-Flex Hydrogen Hybrid Kit. The project, which was initially entered in the Education, Popularization of Science, Technology and Innovation category of the competition, is a hydrogen-powered generator. The device converts water into 100% pure hydrogen gas on demand. Since no electricity is required in the generation process, it can work in tandem with internal combustion engines to greatly improve fuel efficiency. 

Harlo Mayne (right) receives his Innovator of the Year Award from Jamaica’s Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, at the ceremony in November, 2014.

Commenting on Mayne’s achievement, Everton Hanson, CEO of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) said that he was thrilled by the latest recognition of the H2-Flex. “The latest prototype for the generator,” Hanson said, “which was designed in California and manufactured in China, has just arrived in Jamaica. We have established a dedicated mentorship group to support the management and administration of the innovation, and Harlo is getting assistance from the University of the West Indies (UWI) with collecting and processing the data from the performance trials of the machine as he conducts his proof.”

The CCIC is also providing legal oversight and intellectual property consulting for Mayne, who has already registered his invention in Jamaica.

Jovan Evans won one of the minor science awards in the ‘Other’ category for his 'Pump-N-Spray' innovation. The foot-operated device allows users with limited water resources to do domestic tasks or take a spray bath and shower using only a bottle of water. Evans recently showcased the innovation at the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Program (CMIP) wrap-up bootcamp  during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Jamaica. He will participate in infoDev/EPIC’s upcoming investment readiness training program.

First organized by the local Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining in 2005, the awards recognize the achievements of Jamaican scientists and support “the promotion of scientific and technical knowledge to increase efficiency, production and diversity of local goods and services.”


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