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SA Innovation Awards finalists announced

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MyWorld of Tomorrow in partnership with Business Connexion and Business Day, has announced the finalists for the SA Innovation Awards, which aim to recognise and showcase innovative companies and individuals.

Matthew Blewett, Chief Investment Officer at Business Connexion, says: “Innovation is one of the primary differentiators in a successful business and we want to acknowledge the front-runners in innovation and give exposure to the phenomenal work being done by individuals, organisations and communities.”

“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,” says Dr Sibongile Gumbi, Group Executive of Biotechnology at the Technology Innovation Agency and one of the SA Innovation Awards judges.

“Something that has really been a pleasure to see whilst adjudicating the entries is most entities are sourcing material locally and developing the entire material sourced in SA and exporting that overseas, highlighting an African ability to contribute to the socio economic solutions at a global competitiveness,” Dr Gumbi adds.

Songezo Zibi, Editor of Business Day and SA Innovations Awards judge, says: “As one of the leading media houses in the country we have covered a myriad of stories about innovation in the many sectors of the economy and society and Business Day is the perfect platform to give further exposure to South Africa’s unfolding innovation legacy.”

The finalists as adjudicated by a panel of judges and audited by Mazars (in alphabetical order) are:

Collaborative Innovation

·         Barclays Africa Group – Rise (a global community for open innovation)

·         Edit Microsystems – Ebraille Project

·         Vuselela Energy – Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting Project

·         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 Wi-Fi 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 Project

·         Dr Ashraf Grimwood – Kheth’impilo

SMME Innovation

·         AngelShack – POP (Perfect Operating Position) Chair

·         Enviro Options – Enviro Loo

·         Vuselela Energy – Eternity Power Thermal Harvesting Project

·         Infotech Business Solutions – Infotech Mobile Workforce

·         Jikejozi Tuk Tuk Services – The Tuk Tuk Outdoor Mavericks

SMME Innovator

·         AHRLAC – Paramount Group

·         Jacques Malan – Vuselela Energy

·         Jaen-Jacques Nell – Letidcode

·         Vernon Harding – Environmental Process Solutions

The winners will be announced at the awards presentation on 21st October 2015, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The MWOT conference and expo will run from 22-24 October at the Sandton Convention Centre where it is expected to attract over 30 speakers, 50 exhibitors and 5000 attendees. Delegate tickets are available on the Ticketpro website.

In addition to the conference and awards, MyWorld of Tomorrow will feature a massive exhibition, where South Africa’s most innovative companies will be showcasing the very latest in technology and solutions. This fascinating space will allow conference delegates and general visitors to experience the technology of tomorrow, in an informative and engaging manner.

Exhibition space is limited with bookings closing shortly. Please contact Stephen Horszowski on Stephen.horszowski@mwotafrica.com to avoid missing out.