InventorBLANTYRE (Maravipost)–A scientist from the Physics Department, Chancellor College, a constituent college of the Malawi University (Unima), has been shortlisted for this year’s Global Scientific Innovators Award.

Mixon Faluweki, a third year student pursuing Bachelor of Education Science degree, majoring in physics, developed a bicycle charger,which he named the ‘Padoko Charger’.

His innovation allows people who use bicycles for transport to also use it for charging their cell phones, power their radios or mp3 players, and also recharge their torch/lamps. 

The Padoko charger, which uses a bicycle dynamo whose output is regulated to a stable DC power at a 5V and 400-500mA, has been warmly accepted by people in rural areas who use bicycles for transport and especially those people who run kabaza business. 

It does not need too much energy to work, once the wheel starts revolving, charging begins. It can also charge almost every mobile phone.

His innovation will greatly reduce the running cost of using cell phones by cutting down the money spent for charging the

In view of this development, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and GIST Tech-I selected his innovation alongside other 66 innovations from a total of 502 applications worldwide, to compete for this year’s Global Scientific Innovators Award.

Mixon is the only Malawian in the competition hence acting as Malawi’s ambassador to the competition. 

The competition has now entered a voting phase where 30 contestants out of the selected 67 will proceed to the finals in

Help Malawi win this award and put it on the world scientific map by voting for MIXON FALUWEKI online daily until 1st October, 2014.

To vote, click this link: You can vote for Mixon once every 24 hours. You can also use either your e-mail address or a facebook account to create your voting account. When you use an e-mail account remember to verify through your inbox by clicking on the link sent by wisehive, otherwise your vote/s will not be counted. Verification is done only once, i.e. after you cast your first vote. Vote daily to increase his chances of winning.

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