The 5th Annual EWB-SA National Leadership Summit was held from the 24 - 26 February 2017. The Summit brought together student delegates from EWB-SA student chapters around the country, for a weekend of discussion, workshops, team building and most definitely fun.
The weekend kicked off with the Leadership Summit Launch at Tshimologong, the Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein. During the Summit Launch the student chapters were given an opportunity to present their most significant projects before a panel and the Engineers Without Borders - University of KwaZulu Natal (EWB-UKZN) won the Chapter Excellence Award for the best project.
On the second day of the Summit, EWB-SA was hosted by Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, the largest science discovery centre in southern Africa, where national student chapter leaders were exposed to innovation and design thinking. The main event, the thought provoking panel discussion, “Is Africa built for Innovation?”, was hosted by Nomathemba Magagula, along with panelists Lesego Letlape, Tiyani Tee and Barry Dwolatzky. This was followed by talk about Sustainable Projects by Yoliswa Msweli.
The third and final day of the Summit, saw various Summit judges assessing the student chapters plans for the year ahead. The topic of the day’s discussions and activities was Courageous Leadership. The Annual EWB-SA National Leadership Summit rounded off with the celebration of EWB-SA’s fifth birthday. The Summit was graciously sponsored by Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Anglo American.
All in all, the Summit was a huge success that more than achieved its promise to: Inspire. Connect. Empower.
Written by Dhruti Dheda