Gauteng Innovation Competition

2012 January 11
by Ismail Dhorat

The Gauteng Innovation Competition is an initiative of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, through its agency BlueIQ and implemented under The Innovation Hub. The Innovation Hub has partnered with mLab Southern Africa for the inaugural competition. Entries are invited that include innovative technologies and solutions, or novel business and implementation models in the two themes of mobile and green technologies.

Rather than simply rewarding innovation that contributes to government service delivery with a focus on Gauteng Province, the competition is aimed at growing enterprises in the mobile ecosystem and green economy. The competition has prize money totalling R1 million, which includes an initial cash award, but the bulk of the prizes are given in seed grants that give the entrepreneurs the freedom they need to build their enterprises.

Competition Dates

Competition launch: 15 December 2011
Closing date for entries: 24 February 2012
Winners announced: 8 March 2012

The Themes

Government Innovation

The Gauteng province recognises that innovation drives social and economic development. The competition is therefore a platform to enhance local government service delivery in Gauteng through innovation. It invites fresh concepts from the citizens of the province, and creates a link between the innovators and government in Gauteng so that not only will the new ideas be showcased, but it could also give the innovators their first customer.

Mobile Service Delivery

Do you have a new idea to improve access to government services, or improve the efficiency of the transport, health or education system using mobile phones?
The mobile theme of the competition calls on innovators and entrepreneurs in Gauteng to propose novel solutions to enhance local government service delivery using mobile technologies.

Green Service Delivery

Can you come up with solutions to reduce the province’s impact on the environment?

The green technology theme of the competition is looking for innovations that will either make local government greener in its own operations, enable its citizens to make more responsible, efficient, or clean use of the services supplied by local government.

Apply at: http://gautenginnovation.co.za/

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