Seven months ago, we raved about Bilikiss Adebiyi, who quit her job in the US as a software programmer to return to Lagos and help fix the degradation of our environment – with her recycling startup, Wecyclers.
Wecyclers, with some help from the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), collects waste from low-income communities and rewards households with redeemable points that can later be exchanged for prizes.
A couple of days ago, on June 2, Bilikiss was awarded the prestigious 'International Grand Prize' at Le Monde's Smart Cities Innovation Awards for her work with Wecyclers.
For the second edition of the awards, French newspaper, Le Monde, awarded seven world prizes for urban innovation – where an international jury of 17 innovation experts rewards the best projects from over 200 nominations from five continents.
A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) technology in a secure fashion to manage a city's assets.
With Wecyclers' smart waste collection initiative – that can be replicated in other developing countries – the startup fits perfectly into the new smart city paradigm.