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Novel Applications for Earth Observation Data

STATUS: Closed

SANSA and Airbus Defence and Space believe there is significant scope to increase the use of earth observation data, in both the public and private sphere, within South Africa. This will lead to a range of benefits, both in terms of commercial competitiveness as well as societal benefit. In order to achieve these outcomes, SANSA and Airbus Defence and Space are searching for novel uses of earth observation data gathered by...

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Novel approaches for the analysis of the composition of spent foundry sand for potential regeneration

STATUS: Closed

TIH in partnership with the NFTN and DST are seeking innovative approaches to analyse the chemical composition of spent foundry sand (SFS). The objective is to reduce the time, damage and cost of analysis from the current processes that makes use of leaching...

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Predictive modelling of alcoholic beverage shelf life

STATUS: Closed

Our client is a multinational beverage company interested in identifying and supporting novel approaches to model the shelf life of various products (Ciders, neutral ethanol based and wine based...

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Reducing the Cost of Alcohol Production

STATUS: Closed

Our client is a multinational beverage company interested in identifying and supporting novel approaches to reduce the production costs of alcohol without having a negative sensory impact on the final...

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IDEO's Amplify's Agricultural Innovation Challenge

STATUS: Closed

Around the world, millions of farmers work tirelessly to feed their families and communities. But in spite of their efforts, over 42% of the food these farmers produce is never consumed. Instead, it is lost during harvest, or on the journey from farm to market. The consequences are immense – closing this gap has the potential to feed one billion people and improve livelihoods for farmers. For their fifth Amplify challenge, IDEO is calling on entrepreneurs, NGOs, designers and social innovators to develop solutions that reduce waste and improve the livelihoods of small scale farmers. They are focusing on a few key areas where new solutions can have a big impact, including: improving access to markets, ensuring farmers have access to relevant information, using technology in new ways and financial services....

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Disrupting the online employment industry

STATUS: Closed

Our client is a global technology company interested in identifying and supporting novel approaches to disrupt the current online job-board market by dramatically improving the user experience for both job seekers and...

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Alternative means of dry ash-dump dust suppression in order to prevent dust blow-off

STATUS: Closed

Eskom, the sole electricity utility in South Africa, is seeking a cost-effective, reliable, low-maintenance, medium to long-term solution for an Ash (Coal Combustion products) Dump Dust Suppression Technology for the Tutuka Power Station; there is potential for scaling a successful solution to other power stations experiencing the same problem, such as Majuba.Proposals are invited from interested parties across all engineering and scientific disciplines, including universities, individual innovators and entrepreneurs, small and large...

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On-going re-use, recycling or eradication of a food-type by-product

STATUS: Closed

The Challenge Owner seeks a full lifecycle solution to eradicate a food-type by-product that is an inherent aspect of its on-going production processes. This will avoid the risk of possible human...

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Technology driven business model and support methodology for small-scale animal protein producers

STATUS: Closed

A multi-national consortium with expertise, product offerings and know-how in animal protein production (e.g. poultry and aquaculture) is seeking a novel technology supported business model and...

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Environmentally friendly low cost fuel from sawdust

STATUS: Closed

Convert large and continuously growing stockpiles of eucalyptus and pine tree sawdust (generated as a by-product from sawmills in Zambia), into a cost-effective, environmentally friendly and...

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Customised, flexible workflow and status reporting solution for managing a loan application process, and online interface between clients and the bank’s lending department

STATUS: Closed

A large credit institution in Sub-Sahara Africa is seeking a workflow solution with which to radically improve the turnaround times for processing customer loan applications. The solution needs to...

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Reduced wear, impact absorbing spout liners for high velocity, high energy ocean sludge dredging application

STATUS: Closed

Pursue significant cost-savings for, and increased production uptime of Debmarine Namibia’s marine mining processes of pumping diamond-bearing sludge from the ocean floor to the surface, by...

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Customised, state-of-the-art, automated pattern design solution, integrated with material cutting, planning and optimisation solution

STATUS: Closed

A turn-key, make-to-order production operation head-quartered in the SADC region is seeking a digitised and/or automated technological solution for optimising the design, layout, and cutting of...

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Easy to use in-process royalty counting solution for integration with a stationary hydraulic vibrated block making machine

STATUS: Closed

KBB, a block brick making company based in Namibia is seeking an innovative royalty counting solution which can be fitted to, or integrated with the K-Block moulding machine, to ensure accurate and...

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