And very last but certainly not least our WINNER ! the amazingly vibrant,Leigh Le Roux who works in the advertising, graphic design and UI space. Liegh has been working tirelessly over the last few weeks with our brand manager to craft his illustration to the look of Fak’ugesi Festival 2019! Thanks Leigh!
This Civic Tech breakfast session will provide a platform for entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts and others to engage and exchange ideas about technology in South African townships. The event will explore how South African township enterprises can develop and grow its enterprises using the latest technology.
“This is the latest outcome of the joint partnership between IBM Research and Wits, which started in 2016 when IBM opened its second lab in Africa in Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Johannesburg,” said Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, Wits Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Postgraduate Affairs.
By Phillip de Wet ,
31-year-old South African engineer Neo Hutiri has added another prize to the pile his Pelebox concept has already won: the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
Hutiri is the first South African to win the prestigious medal – and accompanying £25,000 (R470,000) cash prize – from the London-based organisation.
The Pelebox is a smart locker used by patients collecting chronic medication. Instead of queuing at a pharmacy, patients receive a one-time PIN on their phones, and use that code to open a locker containing their medicine.
Judges praised the concept for improving conditions for both patients and those who work in “a severely strained public healthcare system”.
While waiting times for medicine can be more than three hours at some facilities, Pelebox users spend 36 seconds getting access to their medicine.
The lockers also remove the fear that someone is watching an HIV-positive patient collecting ARVs, Hutiri told the BBC.
Six of the systems are operational, and Pelebox is currently building eight more sets.
Mentoring associated with the Africa Prize has helped Pelebox shift focus from development to manufacturing, the Royal Academy says. And he now plans to use the cash component of the prize to ramp up manufacturing, Hutiri says.
Hutiri came up with the concept after he was diagnosed with TB, and found himself queuing for medication in state facilities.
Pelebox has since won a prize at the Festival of Ideas, and R1 million in the Hack Jozi Challenge. It is also supported by a long list of local and international business accelerators and social-good non-profits.