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Calling All Tech Genius 16-year-olds – Yes, You!

The HIP2B² 3M Innovation Challenge was launched in 2012 and it’s back once again! This year the theme of the challenge is “Science. Applied to life”. According to 3M:

“The call is out for grade 9 and 10 learners to enter the 2015 Challenge, which tasks them with finding innovative solutions to everyday problems they face.”

So if you want to become South Africa’s Top Young Innovator of 2015, this is definitely something for you.

That sounds cool right? Also scary, I KNOW. But recently we’ve received some excellent examples of kids and young adults who are making the world a better place; which really makes me think I wasted life in High School on watching Anime and listening to Jesse McCartney. Is he still making music? I should Google that, anyway be a better person than I was.

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Thirty local graduates, students, and tech genius entrepreneurs are launching their own new start-up companies over the next few weeks in co-operation with MIT Global Start-up Labs. MIT Global Start-up Labs is a multidisciplinary group out of MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives that promotes development in emerging regions by cultivating young technology entrepreneurs. This program develops a hands-on curriculum that provides the materials, software technologies, platforms, and networks that enable students in emerging regions to innovate in the area of information and communication technologies. This opportunity is available to developers, engineers, and designers who have an interest in technology entrepreneurship. So a lot of young adults are creating their own businesses at such a young age. #Jitters

Another example is the two second year students from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Jason Cross and Nicholas Jordaan, that will be representing South Africa at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Redmond, Seattle at the end of July. Second years, that means they are only 19! Following World semi-finals involving 150 student projects from 64 countries, the two second year students found their team – Digital Interactive Games – and are listed among the 33 top teams competing at the 2015 Imagine Cup World Finals.

Jason & Nick
Jason & Nick

The World Finals are taking place 28 – 31 July. The South African leg of the competition is co-sponsored by Microsoft South Africa and the Department of Science and Technology. The team’s project is called PYA Maze of Gods and is a 3D Labyrinth style game that has been built to challenge the player’s problem solving skills, reaction time as well as their ability to overcome obstacles. For fans of fantasy, the game involves in-depth lore along with detailed character profiles. This sounds pretty rad, right? I know, I want to get a chance to play it too. Good luck guys!

So, there you go, at 16 you can change the world and rake in the moola. What were you doing at 16? 

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