Innovation competition launched to improve travel across Africa

March 27th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The SITA Air Transport Community Foundation, based in the UK, in conjunction with Wits University and the Tshimologong Precinct, has launched an innovation competition to address the question: What information, tools or technology will first-time air travellers in Africa need to make their journeys easy, successful and enjoyable? The SITA Air Transport Community Foundation Innovation Award 2018 offers a prize valued at $10 000 (about R110 000) and will reward the best response to the challenge.

Taking the continent’s technology and aviation growth into account, SITA wanted to offer the challenge to the people most likely to make up this new generation of air travellers.

The innovation competition kicked off in March and is open to Wits students and active members of the Tshimologong Precinct. Each team, comprising of two to five members, needs to submit an initial two-minute video after attending a drop-in session on 27 March 2018 to better understand the issue, project and overall requirements.

The first deadline is 24 April, after which a shortlist will be announced on 2 May 2018. Submissions can include a well-defined proof of concept, data modelling and recommendations based on data analysis, detailed research with recommendations for future activities, and the use of technology to address the issue. Preliminary judging will take place in early July, after which final presentations and judging will be concluded at an award ceremony on 20 July 2018. For more information visit

SITA, an air transport IT and communications specialist, has partnered with Wits University since 2015 to support students from Africa who need financial backing to succeed in their studies, and to add much-needed skills and expertise to the aviation industry through support for targeted academic disciplines.

Contact Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, Tel 010 822-3530,

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