Arthur Zang

2014 Young Laureate, Applied Technology
Cameroon, Born 1987

Project Goal

Invent Africa’s first medical computer tablet to help diagnose people with heart disease

Location: Cameroon

Arthur Zang, the inventor of the Cardio Pad, is part of a new generation of African social entrepreneurs who are determined to build high-tech business ventures while helping their fellow citizens.

Zang is the chief IT engineer of the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé. He first moved there to study for his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Yaoundé (which he finished in 2007). Two years later, Zang did a Master’s at the National Advanced School of Engineering of Yaoundé to give him the necessary expertise to design the Cardio Pad.

Zang reaches out to social media, particularly Facebook, whenever he faces an obstacle. “Just as there aren’t many cardiologists in Cameroon, so there aren’t many technology specialists. I sent messages to Microsoft and other companies when I needed advice,” he says. And he got it.

Zang’s prowess as an innovator is increasingly being recognized; in 2011, he was a semi-finalist in Microsoft’s Imagine cup, a student technology competition, and, in 2012, he won medical innovation awards from both the Cameroonian Association of Engineers and Computer Scientists in Germany, as well as from the Junior Chamber International, a global network of young active citizens. Not all inventions succeed, but Zang’s talent is that he is not merely a dreamer who has great ideas – he has the determination to see them through. “To me, if you start something, you must finish it. That is what gives me the greatest satisfaction.”

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