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MEDIA RELEASE

 

1 September 2021

For immediate release: Innovate Durban’s Youth Innovation Challenge 2021

Innovate Durban are calling for applications for the Youth Innovation Challenge – deadline 8th September 2021

The Youth Innovation Challenge (YIC) is Innovate Durban’s Flagship Programme and this year they have chosen to align the YIC to an overarching theme of ‘Responding to Crisis’ with a view to address some of the globally felt challenges that have become more relevant during the recent unrest and ongoing pandemic. Whilst these areas of need have continued to plague us; we have seen the devastating impact on resources, industries, logistics and communities which will be felt for a long way into the future. As such Innovate Durban have identified 4 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals that will be presented as challenges in local context.  See challenge areas below:

SDG 2 - END HUNGER

END HUNGER, ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY AND IMPROVED NUTRITION AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

SDG 9 - INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE

BUILD RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE, PROMOTE INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIALISATION AND FOSTER INNOVATION

SDG 11 - SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

MAKE CITIES AND HUMAN SETTLEMENTS INLCUSIVE, SAFE, RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE

SDG 12 - REPSONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

ENSURE SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION PATTERNS

Partners for the year are eThekwini Municipality, Adams&Adams, The Domino Foundation, UKZN and Zutari; additionally this year they will have host partners supporting the workshop programme. As Innovate Durban are mindful of the pandemic and resulting restrictions as well as the value of in person group work in addressing challenges and providing solutions.  There will be 5 decentralized small groups at each Host Partner Venue; University of KwaZulu Natal - Inqubate, Durban University of Technology , Mangosuthu University of Technology, eThekwini TVET College, Zutari.

The workshop programme will be hosted by 5 institutions (DUT, MUT, UKZN, eThekwini College and Zutari) from the 20-23 September 2021.   This will be followed by a week of solution development and pitching to select the Top 3 teams!  The announcement of the winners will take place at an Awards Evening on the 21st October 2021 to celebrate these solutions!

Khutšo Ramontja, Student Entrepreneurship Manager from UKZN Inqubate is delighted to participate in the 2021 edition of the Youth Innovation Challenge. They are participating in this challenge because it is in line with their objective of unlocking entrepreneurial potential of their students.

Richard Ahlschlager from Zutari confirmed they are legacy driven and their desire is to be part of the solution to addressing the practical issues affecting South Africans…to both ideate and take action to see real transformation within our sphere of engineering expertise. The YIC provides a platform whereby they can assist in equipping and empowering the current generation who have both the energy and creativity to unlocking a sustainable future for all, by passing on our collective knowledge and experience.

Submit your team application here and stand a chance to win cash prizes for the top 3 teams!

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=zqq3in-aZU6TCLw7F6ezx8Y1vs3vQrBGvZlqXLZRFkNUMkhaTEpPQjczUzhLR0tVT0tBMDJGQzg5QS4u

If you are a business, individual, or support organization that would like to be involved in the Youth Innovation Challenge please contact Susanne Ramsunder at susanne@innovate.durban or Sakhiwo Rewu at sakhiwo@innovate.durban

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Boilerplate:

Innovate Durban (RF) NPC is a registered non-profit company set up in 2017 as a special purpose vehicle by the Municipality to support innovation, innovators and innovation ecosystem through programmes, research and capacity building and skills development.  The programmes and activities of the organisation is supported through the virtual and physical platforms and events.  In March 2020 Innovate Durban launched the first township Lab (Cato Manor, Durban) in the region set up to democratize access to digital tools and training.

 

Call for Applications - Poster image attached.

 

Submitted by: Susanne Ramsunder

Programme Lead – Innovate Durban

Tel: 0848621099 

Email : susanne@innovate.durban