CUT inspires creative thinking during Innovation Week
Nine groups comprising of employees and students from both Bloemfontein and Welkom Campuses participated in the innovation and entrepreneurship competition and presented their smart ideas to a panel of judges. Upcoming entrepreneurs are encouraged to share ideas, network and ultimately collaborate.
The direction which the world is taking drives the upcoming generation to acquaint themselves with entrepreneurial skills, and have innovative mind-sets; especially with the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and the increasing unemployment rate.
CUT as a university of technology, actively supports and encourages creativity and innovation amongst employees and students. CUT has an Idea Gym, which offers a developmental hub where students, employees and the public under the supervision of experts and lecturers, can go to develop their innovative ideas and projects into products that can potentially be commercialised.
On 05 September 2019, the Idea Generator hosted the Innovation week in a quest to unlock creative thinking and open a platform for upcoming entrepreneurs to learn, share ideas, network and ultimately collaborate.
A total of nine groups including employees and students participated in the competition and presented their smart ideas to a panel of judges. Mr Gareth Gericke became the overall winner for his innovative idea of IoT Water Monitor in the student’s category; he walked away with R 3 000 cash prize. Mr Allan Kinnear took first place for his innovative idea of a Recyclable Nespresso Coffee Pods in the employee category. He also received R 3 000 cash prize.
Presenters, Mr Roy Maponya CEO of Dr Maponya Institute and Prof. Luke Chimuka from WITS, shared their journeys as well as the lessons learnt along the way as innovators and entrepreneurs.
Innovation has become increasingly important not only at a university level, but also at school level. Abigail Bloem, grade 9 learner from Eunice Secondary School was one of the learners from Bloemfontein schools who were invited to exhibit their projects and prototypes.
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