Inventor of the Year: want to win R20 000? Or better still, R50 000?

Inventor of the Year: want to win R20 000? Or better still, R50 000?
Date:5 September 2011 Tags:, ,

Want to win a cool R20 000? Or better still, R50 000? If your invention is judged the best in our exciting competition, you could walk away with R50 000 plus the title of South African Inventor of the Year for 2011. We have a total of R130 000 up for grabs, and some of it could be yours.

Popular Mechanics has teamed up with Telkom, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and legal firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS) to bring you INVENT 2011, a ground-breaking initiative encompassing the annual PM Inventors Conference and a competition aimed at identifying and rewarding South Africa’s top inventors.

We’re challenging people from all walks of life to submit concepts with the potential to change the world (or at least a small part of it), and improve their own lives at the same time.

The five entry categories are: Stepping Up (high schools), Breaking Ground (university students), Emerging Genius (previously disadvantaged and minimally resourced entrants), Going Green (for inventions in the field of sustainable energy and environmental conservation), and Cutting Edge (open to the general public).

Each category winner, as assessed by a panel of judges, will receive a cash prize of R20 000, and the overall winner will receive an additional R30 000 plus the title “Inventor of the Year”. Deadline for entries is Monday, 31 October 2011. The winners will be honoured at a formal event on the evening of the PM Inventors Conference.

* Download the competition entry form, rules and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA): see links in red below. Note: If you're visiting this page via PM's Mobi site, click here to access the documents, then download to your mobile phone. Alternatively, visit our Web site via your computer to access and download the documents.

* Completed entry forms and NDAs can be e-mailed to

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