So we didn’t win 🙂 Google thinks we did though just google “National innovation Competition 2005 winners” and see 🙂
Top honours in this year’s NIC went to Wernich de Villiers, of the University of Stellenbosch, for his mobile line trap tester designed to simplify the maintenance of high-voltage powerline carrier systems without interrupting the power supply.
Mangena handed over a cheque of R300 000 to De Villiers to help in the further development of the line trap tester and take the locally developed innovation to the world market.
The second prize of R200 000 was awarded to Gerrit Smith and Johannes Strauss, also of the University of Stellenbosch, for their solar-powered submersible water pump.
The R150 000 third prize was awarded to a team from the University of Cape Town for a personal tracking device that allows users to track anything via the Internet using a mobile phone.