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News   Hazviperi Mbizi   January 21, 2020
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The Polytechnic Design studio under the Faculty of Engineering in collaboration with the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) will on Monday January 27, 2020 hold a Malawi Innovators Design Competition at the Polytechnic School of Engineering building.

According to the Design Studio Manager Hilarly Lodzanyama the event will be conducted under the theme; Transforming inventions into innovations for national development

“The competition happens annually with the aim of giving the youth a platform of coming up with innovative ideas and prototypes which could help in solving problems in the country,” he said.

Lodzanyama further explained that the competition has been sponsored by a number of organizations whereby those who will participate in all categories will walk away with various monetary prizes.

“The event starts at 8am for contestants and judges whereby they will be showcasing the exhibitions. Later, the presentation of awards and speeches will start at 11am,” he added.

He further explained that over 100 people applied, but due other unforeseen circumstances those that are ready to demonstrate are 25 who have sent videos for their prototypes.

Speaking on the criteria of the judges’ selection, Lodzanyama outlined that they opted for people who have expertise in entrepreneurship and engineering.

The studio intends to conduct vigorous follow ups on the best projects so that they should get assisted in scaling up through advanced machinery, finance and professional guidance.

These competitions have been helping the youth to be recognized by investors who later sponsor the projects. 

 

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