Hacking for Social Impact

Lloyd Teta’s Success in Charting the Way on Social Impact

He is passionate about problem-solving and creating innovative and user-centered solutions such as how he re-designed and developed an inflatable wing that could make it easier for African drone companies to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles.

Published: 19 August 2021

Lloyd Teta (ALA ’15) graduated from Ashesi University with BSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is passionate about problem-solving and creating innovative and user-centered solutions by applying his knowledge and understanding of Design Thinking in conjunction with Mathematics and Pure Sciences. Lloyd enjoys designing, analyzing, and manufacturing mechanical systems by applying physics, engineering mathematics, and materials science principles. He has cultivated SolidWorks, CNC machining, project management, and product development skills through diverse experiences. He looks forward to a career in Aerospace Engineering. He has worked on research in the area of aerospace to hone his understanding and possibly immerse himself in the field. In his studies, he re-designed and developed an inflatable wing that could make it easier for African drone companies to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles.

Amongst his several professional achievements, he was selected to participate in the Potraz Hackathon that was held in Bulawayo from 2 to 4 December 2020. The challenge, which was organized by Potraz and Zimbabwe’s Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, is a program designed to assist in scaling the country’s ambition to realize its sustainable development goals which require progressive innovation. The strategy is centered around the values of transparency, professionalism, creativity and teamwork.

The challenge called for the submissions of innovative ideas or projects that make use of ICTs to solve social and economic challenges likely to face the country, beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Lloyd’s team, LK-Flight Tech presented an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Tech for the effective delivery of medical essentials, winning the top prize and awarded a grant valued at $5000. “I am extremely proud and elated to share that my team’s idea emerged as the most creative SDGs idea in the “Hacking for SDGs post Covid19 and beyond challenge”.

Lloyd has big dreams. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology starting in fall 2021. He looks forward to growing as a researcher and will continue solidifying his skills as an innovator.

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