National Winners of the EWB-SA IoT Design Challenge

29 Nov 2017 12:14 AM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

Internet of Things for Social Good Design Challenge: The results are out!

On the 23rd of November, the national winners of the EWB-SA Internet of Things for Social Good Design Challenge were announced. A team consisting of engineering students from Wits and UJ walked away as the winners of the national challenge after their innovative solutions stole the judge’s hearts. The winning team ambitiously chose to tackle the cost reduction, in-situ data storage & transmission, sensor ergonomics & placement, and the sensor integration challenges.

Congratulations to The Prototypes - our winning team for 2017! The Johannesburg-based team consisting of Eunice Bohulu (team leader), Racheal Kanyinji, Rocky Ramaube and Khutso Selepe will be receiving R 5000 to implement the project next year, 15 sensor kits to help them get started, and 60 hours of mentorship from IBM, who have so graciously agreed to collaborate with us on this initiative. Thank you, IBM.

Upon winning, a very ecstatic Eunice said, “Thank you so much for this, we thoroughly enjoyed the design challenge, and found it truly inspirational, so it brings us a lot of happiness to see that you enjoyed our ideas as well.”

EWB-SA will be working on a plan to implement the sensors in informal settlements across South Africa. Watch this space for more information and to see how you can get involved.

Written by Nikita Vala


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