April 2013
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Brainstorming solutions for the world of tomorrow

  The aim of the Indaba was to help young people apply their inquisitiveness to explore the possibilities of education through innovation.
  Dr Manjusha Sunil, who heads up the Public Understanding of Biotechnology programme at SAASTA, informs the young innovators attending the International Innovation Indaba about the programme and its initiatives.
  Mthuthuzeli Zamxaka of SAASTA explains the possibilities that hydrogen and fuel cells hold for the future of science.
Science ruled the day at the SNSET Institute's International Innovation Indaba which was held at Klerksdorp.

With the theme of "Unlocking Your Curiosity", the Indaba aimed to demonstrate how scientific applications can be used to better people's lives.

Young innovators were encouraged to use a fun approach to inform other youngsters about science, engineering and technology (SET) in an engaging manner so that delegates felt free to interact with people they perceive as their peers. Some of the presentations, workshops and discussion tackled topics such as nanotechnology, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, the millennium development goals, the zest for SET, how to become an innovator, biotechnology, twelve innovations of the year and education innovations.

Key Indaba Challenge

The highlight of the conference was the Key Indaba Challenge where delegates worked right through the night to create an innovative new product.

Any topic with a bearing on innovation in science, engineering and technology could be challenged, explored and discussed during the conference, focusing on the following:

  • There is a need to invest and develop skills in science, engineering and technology innovations at an early stage.
  • Young people (delegates) are not involved in the innovation industry, hence a limited interest.
  • Africa must foster a culture of science, engineering and technology innovation among its youth as these are the main components of sustainable growth and development.

The aim of the conference was to help young people apply their inquisitiveness to explore the possibilities of education through innovation. Learners who participated made a strong commitment beyond academic excellence and personal development; they investigated a stream of global challenges and turned them into solutions for the world of tomorrow.

The Indaba was sponsored by the Technology Innovation Agency and supported by SAASTA, the National Youth Development Agency, the Departments of Basic Education, Water Affairs, Science and Technology, the City of Matlosana's Public Safety Department and ITWeb.

The SNSET Institute is an organisation that promotes science, engineering and technology innovation among young people through integrated programmes, projects and products.