The South African Innovation Summit has an interesting competition for inventors. Aptly titled “Inventor’s Garage Competition” it provides an opportunity for inventors of every type to enter the competition, as described by the organisers as follows:
This competition is open to everyone across all industries in South Africa and all SADC member countries! You can enter as an individual, a company, team or group. The theme is ‘Innovation goes VIRAL, catch it for GROWTH!’.
Here are some examples:
An industrial designer or architect can enter a model of a bridge or building; a graphic designer can enter an animation; a scientist can enter his/her discovery or invention (as long as it can be displayed physically for the exhibition); an entrepreneur can enter a prototype of his invention; a costume designer can enter a piece of clothing; an IT developer can enter his/her application etc.
The competition provides cash prizes for three winning entries as follows:
- First prize R 25 000-00
- Second prize R 10 000-00
- Third prize R 5 000-00
The competition has a social element to it, allowing anyone to vote for an entry on the conferences Facebook page.
Details on entering the competition, rules, criteria for judging and entry forms are available on the competition website. The closing date for entries is the 22 August 2013.