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The mission of the Planet NI program is to empower engineers in emerging countries to achieve sustainable prosperity by providing increased access to NI technology. The program focuses on nurturing local innovation through partnerships, as well as supporting entrepreneurs and organizations building solutions that contribute to the economic development of emerging nations.

NI offices around the world locally define and develop their Planet NI programs. The primary focus of the Planet NI program in Africa is to support local small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The program also provides local universities and technology companies with cutting-edge lab equipment to train the next generation of engineers.


Nurturing Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Planet NI Program for Small and Medium Enterprises

Innovative SMEs and startups are key contributors to the socioeconomic development of emerging countries because they generate new and high-value jobs and social value. However, a dynamic entrepreneurial sector depends on many factors including financial support, market expertise, and access to cutting-edge technology - these are especially true at the nascent stage. The Planet NI program helps entrepreneurs in established small businesses and startups increase their access to world-class development tools, technical training, and technology-based markets.
  Approximately 40 abstract papers were submitted from engineering and science schools in Cameroon and 20 teams were selected based on how students showcased their work on socioeconomic projects that impact their local communities in Cameroon.
The 20 groups selected received NI myDAQ devices, NI LabVIEW software, and mentorship opportunities as they carried out their projects in a one-month time frame. A panel of anonymous judges selected three projects as the winners.

The Winners are:


1st Place - University of Douala (Faculty of Industrial Engineering) for “Design of Packaging Chain for Dry Beans”

2nd Place - Higher Institute of Technology and Industrial Design of Douala for “PC-Based Instrumentation System for Fire Prevention of Buildings”

3rd Place - University of Yaounde (National School of Advanced Engineering) for “Hybrid Cocoa Beans Dryer”


Congratulations to all participants of the Innovation Design Competition

Planet NI Africa

National Instruments South Africa

G3 Midview Building

Thandanani Office Park, Invicta Road,

Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa

Tel: +27 11 805-8197                       

Fax: +27 11 805-8194



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