Mahlale Student
DESIGN COMPETITION
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Creating an opportunity to hear the “voice of innovation” from the academic youth in South Africa. A voice that can lead to action and actions leading to solutions, these solutions can flatten the curve of destruction caused by health-related pandemics during 2020 and thereafter. 

The outcome desired: The innovative ideas, concepts, self-improvised solutions by the youth of South Africa must be acknowledged and acted upon by stakeholders who can assist the youth to implement these products and services into solutions that will benefit society.

Competition closes: 17h00, Thursday, 29 July 2021

Disbursement of entries for each category sent to the respective judges by VUT:

    08h00 – 13h00, Friday, 30 July 2021

    Judging week: 02 to 06 August 2021

    Judging of entrants to narrow down to top 9 (3 per category for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes per category).

    Judges only judge the entries for their specific category.

    06 August 2021: All judges to select the overall winner from the 3 x 1st prize winners to receive the 3D Printer prize.

    06 August 2021: Prof Leenta Grobler to advise UJ who the winners are.  UJ to contact winners to be available for the virtual event on Friday, 13 August 2021.

    Winners announcement | Prize-giving: Virtual event, Friday, 13 August 2021

    3 EXCITING CATEGORIES

    will result in 9 winners!

    OPEN CATEGORY

    For all scholars and students studying in South Africa with an active, registered student number. Enter any service, product that you have implemented to flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    INNOVATION CATEGORY

    for all University Students in South Africa with an active, registered student number. Enter any new business idea, invention or innovation that can be used to combat COVID-19 or other health-related threats into the future.

    ENGINEERING CATEGORY

    for all University Students in South Africa with an active, registered student number. Enter any improvements, innovations or concepts that will reduce the shortage of ventilators in South Africa, the current development of the MIC B-PAP ventilator is destined to be produced locally. Particulars of the development can be viewed on: 

    www.mahlaleinnovationconsortium.co.za

    DESIGN CRITERIA

    IMPACT
    How successful is the product or service? Will this product or service reduce the impact of COVDID-19 and save more lives?

    INVENTIVENESS
    Is it a new use of resources, technology, communication, methods or others?

    UPSCALE & NOVELTY
    Can the product or service grow to reach more users and save more lives? How unique is the concept? Have you seen it before?

    FEASIBLE
    Does it make business and economic sense, can it become a self-sustainable venture?

    AESTHETIC APPEAL
    Is it eye-catching and marketable? Did the innovator consider other design elements such as surface finishes, colour, texture, form, shape etc. apart from function?

    ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES
    Does the solution conform to sound engineering principles that make it safe to use? Clever use of materials?

    ERGONOMICS
    Does the product fit the autonomy of the users, form fit function?   

    MANUFACTURABILITY
    Can the product and components be manufactured using current materials and technologies preferably local supply?  

    HYGIENE AND MAINTENANCE
    Was the issues of hygiene and maintenance addressed, are items easy to clean and to maintain?    

    QUALITY
    Are you satisfied that the best materials, processes were implemented to ensure a good performing product?

    ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
    Does the product or service indicate deliberate actions to ensure a clean environment, recycling, low carbon footprint and zero waste principles?

    FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
    Does the product or service have a personality to become a South African icon or recognisable features that makes it unique?

    BEST INNOVATIVE CONCEPT

    BEST INNOVATIVE DESIGN

    BEST INNOVATIVE INVENTION

    DO YOU HAVE A WINNING SOLUTION?

    Enter Now

    PRIZES TO BE WON

    Prize Sponsorship

    SECOND PRIZE

    R15 000 gift voucher

    FIRST PRIZE

    R25 000 gift voucher

    THIRD PRIZE

    R10 000 gift voucher

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