Project Isizwe among final SA Innovation Awards nominees

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Project Isizwe‘s City of Tshwane Free WiFi project has been nominated along with 19 other organisations as the top 20 finalists in the first ever South African Innovation Awards.

Hosted by Business Connexion’s My World Of Tomorrow (MWOT) conference taking place this month, the SA Innovation Awards are aimed at recognising technological innovation among local businesses.

Nominations were submitted in nine categories. The following organisations have been chosen as finalists:

Collaborative Innovation

• Barclays Africa Group – Rise (a global community for open innovation)
• Edit Microsystems – Ebraille Project
• Vuselela Energy – Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting
• Mabu Casing Soils – Pith Button Mushroom Casing Soil

Community Innovation
• Barclays Africa Group – Rise (a global community for open innovation)
• Greenside Design Centre College of Design – 10Percent Community Engagement Initiative
• Hearscreen – Hearscreen Smartphone Hearing Solution
• Project Isizwe – Tshwane Free WiFi Project

Corporate Innovation
• Alexander Forbes – Lifeguage
• Aurecon – Innovative Intelligent 3D Design Software at Sidwawa Substation
• King Price Insurance Company – Unique Pricing Model
• Resolve Capacity (Imperial Logistics) – Clinic-in-a-box

Hall of Fame
• AngelShack – POP (Perfect Operating Position) Chair
• Edit Microsystems – Ebraille Project
• Vuselela Energy – Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting
• Dr Ashraf Grimwood – Kheth’impilo

SMME Innovation
• AngelShack – POP (Perfect Operating Position) Chair
• Enviro Options – Enviro Loo
• Vuselela Energy – Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting
• Infotech Business Solutions – Infotech Mobile Workforce
• Jikejozi Tuk Tuk Services – The Tuk Tuk Outdoor Mavericks

SMME Innovator
• AHRLAC – Paramount Group
• Jacques Malan – Vuselela Power
• Jaen-Jacques Nell – Letidcode
• Vernon Harding – Environmental Process Solutions

“There are some very interesting innovative concepts and products we can look forward to seeing at the Awards presentation. There is a diverse variety of ICT related innovations which is to be expected and they range from health related innovations to solutions orientated products,” said Dr Sibongile Gumbi, group executive of biotechnology at the Technology Innovation Agency and one of the SA Innovation Awards judges.

The winners in each category will be announced at the awards presentation on 21st October 2015, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, followed by the MWOT conference on the from 22nd to 24th October at the same venue.

On a side not, if you are attending, you’ll want to use this guide to plan how you’ll get there as certain roads in Sandton, will be closed for the City of Joburg’s Ecomobility festival.

 

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