Innovate South Africa 2014 InChallenge Finalists!

Global Minimum Inc. is very proud to announce the 8 finalists for the innovate SA competition in South Africa.

The competition in South Africa has expanded from the innovate the Cape competition in Cape Town to a national competition, innovateSA. We are pleased to announce more than 600 applicants. Over 300 students submitted individual concept proposals and a further 300 contributed to 75 applications from all over South Africa. All of these secondary students are proposing to solve tangible problems in their communities with their innovative ideas. The applications demonstrated passion and drive that make us very excited for the future of South Africa.

Below are the finalist projects with their associated schools, innovators, and project description. Each finalist team will receive up to $250 to build a prototype of their solution. They will also be exposed to a network of local and global mentors. The finalists will attend several innovation workshops to learn about design thinking and entrepreneurship. The top team will receive $1000 to develop their project further.

Congratulations to our finalists!

Brain Storm
Luhalza High School
South Africa’s limited clean water resources mean that it can be particularly hard to access drinking water in rural areas. Taps are few in number and are often switched off, meaning people have to travel long distances to fetch water. Sometimes the water is not clean, which can lead to the spread water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid. Team Brain Storm have designed a system that will collect and purify rain-water, using heating and bleaching methods, in order to provide each house with a safe source of water.

It is common that the youths of today are prioritising their addiction to social media over their education. An application that simply blocks social media is not ideal, for it does not promote prioritisation of education itself and can lead to poor relations between the blocker and the blocked. Team SLYZ have designed a mobile app that works through social media to promote education instead. The app will act as an education forum in which students and teachers can discuss education-related issues and other topics about life in general.

Challenge Accepted
Based on the idea that youths are the leaders of both the present and the future, this team have designed the programme ‘Challenge Accepted’, a leadership and innovative thinking programme which aims to equip youths with the skills and confidence to take on leadership roles. The programme involves a number of sessions and booklets, each of which asks the participant to identify key qualities behind some of today’s leading global innovators before challenging them to think about their own personal qualities.

Cape Academy for Maths, Science and Technology
Cape Town has a high number of alien plant species that are threatening the functions, services and existence of local ecosystems. This team aims to remove and replace these alien species with native species that have been specially selected for their nutritional and fruit-bearing qualities. The cost of the project will be partially covered by selling the removed wood. It is hoped that this project will have a positive impact on local ecosystems and the diet of local communities.

Physical insecurity is a problem impacting the lives of women globally. HushApp, designed by Retroburg, is an Android application that gives users advice on how to cope when they are confronted by physical insecurities. Targeted at women between the ages of 10 and 25, the app allows each user to anonymously pose a question or join a discussion forum on their specific anxiety. They can then receive advice from a number of professionals and members of the HushApp community.

Cape Academy for Maths, Science and Technology
Malnutrition affects a large proportion of South African children, which can negatively impact their growth, development and learning ability. The Spiruteens are hoping to combat child malnutrition by producing Spirulina, a 60-70% protein micro-algae super-food which can be incorporated into everyday meals, such as in a soup or bread-spread. In order to produce it sustainably at a large scale, the team will teach local people how to grow it in their homes or places of work too. Some of the produce will be sold commercially in supermarkets and health stores to provide funds for the project.

Transport Revolution
The majority of people travelling from Khayelitsha and other townships use the train because it is cheap and affordable. However, the trains are not safe, are often delayed, have long ticket queues, and can have a shortage of paper for printing tickets. These problems can mean that people are late for work and/or have to pay for other means of travel. Transport Revolution has planned a system where travellers can pre-pay for travel credit using a mobile phone application. This credit is loaded onto a card which is swiped upon travel.

Organic Garden
Cape Academy for Maths, Science and Technology
Making the most of an unused school greenhouse, this team want to take on a number challenges. Firstly, they want to grow healthy food in order to promote balanced diets. Secondly, they want to teach students how to grow their own food, in the hope that the knowledge will spread to their families and community. Thirdly, they want to transform waste from the school kitchen into compost using the Bokashi method, making their project more sustainable. And lastly, they want to sell excess vegetables to raise money for school resources. Who knew an unused greenhouse could have so much potential?!