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 Innovation @UWC showcased at Budget vote

Innovation @UWC showcased at Budget vote​


In response to a request from the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), UWC’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) organised and co-ordinated an exhibition of a number of science-based technologies emanating from UWC at the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Budget Vote event held in Cape Town on 22 July 2014.

Dr Ana Casanueva, a Technology Transfer Manager at UWC’s TTO, co-ordinated the four UWC exhibitions at the Company Gardens in Cape Town, and research students and staff from UWC were stationed at each exhibition.

The four technologies exhibited by UWC were as follows:

In the field of Health, Dr Natasha Wood from Prof. Simon Travers’ group in the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) exhibited an online computational technology called Seq2Res for low-cost, routine HIV Drug Resistance Testing targeted at resource-limited countries.


In the area of Wastewater Remediation and Waste Beneficiation, Prof Leslie Petrik’s Environmental Nano-Science (ENS) group exhibited technologies based on waste fly-ash from coal power stations, for low-cost, strong building materials and treatment of acid mine drainage wastewater.


Professor Bill Tucker’s Computer Science group exhibited two projects from their “Bridging Africa’s Network Gaps” (BANG) consortium group. The technologies from the first project enables connectivity through low-cost internet and voice calls in rural areas, the second technology provides an alternative, non-textual, inexpensive communication tool to assist deaf people understand prescription information in sign language from a pharmacist on a mobile phone.

UWC’s final exhibition was hosted by Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems Centre of Competence, and showcased UWC’s hydrogen fuel cell-related technologies for clean and renewable energy.

Visitors to the UWC exhibitions included the following VIPS; Minister, Deputy Minister and Director General of the Department of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor and Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, and Dr Phil Mjwara, respectively, who visited the exhibition before proceeding to Parliament. Other DST guests also visited the exhibitions.

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