Godwin Benson’s “Tuteria” Wins UK Engineering Award
A tutoring app developed by a 27-year-old Nigerian has won an engineering award given by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering.
Godwin Benson designed Tuteria, a platform that links qualified tutors to students in their area and within their budget.
He developed the platform based on the experiences he had as a tutor. The engineering innovation award was launched in 2014 and rewards innovators in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr Benson beat 16 participants to clinch the £25,000 ($32,000) prize money.
Other entries in the competition included a system that reduces the amount of energy used to heat water, an app that controls water consumption and a smart jacket to identity pneumonia. The group received coaching on preparing business plans and communication ahead of their final presentation on Tuesday in front of a live audience in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
The head judge of the competition Malcolm Brinded said that Tuteria could change the lives of people eager to learn:
The app will connect tutors and students on a range of academic subjects. The app has a ratings system, and allows students to book lessons using an upfront online payment system.
Tutors are then paid once the lessons have been confirmed, and Tuteria takes 15 to 30% commission for each paid lesson. Tutors cover a range of academic subjects.
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