Innovative youth called to compete

HIGH schools across the country are being invited to take part in the Grassroots Innovation Challenge, an opportunity for up-and-coming young scientists and innovators to showcase their best ideas for an invention.

If you are in Grades 10, 11 or 12 and have a life changing idea, then the Grassroots Innovation Challenge is the perfect platform for you to showcase your unique idea or concept that could help your community, school or even change the world. The winner of the challenge could potentially receive investment that could further develop their idea and turn it into a business.

Grassroots Innovation Ambassadors have already visited several schools throughout the country, and various Heads of Departments for Science and Technology have been given the application form for the Grassroots Innovation Challenge. If you have an idea that you would like to submit, inquire with your school for more details. The search is on to find the next innovative idea that could change the world.

The Grassroots Innovation Challenge is run under the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit, (TLIU).

The requirements are simple — pupils with an idea or innovation that addresses a challenge the country faces should speak to their school or visit the Grassroots Innovation Website at or email

It can be any idea, for example related to water, transportation, agriculture, renewable energy or recycling etc. The scope is endless.

The competition, which began in March, will end in April 2019 and finalists will be announced this October.

Pupils with the best inventions will take part in a provincial competition and the best inventions will make their way to a National competition in 2019. The pupil with the best idea will be awarded the coveted title of the Grassroots Innovation Best Scholar Invention.

To find out more about the Grassroots Innovation programme head to its website on , visit its Facebook Page @GrassrootsInnovation or e-mail

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