The capital city's three tertiary institutions, the University of Pretoria, the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of South Africa, have joined hands with the City of Tshwane in a bid to tackle service delivery issues. This was announced during the launch of a project called the Inter-University Innovation Challenge at the Innovation Hub earlier this week.
The Inter-University Innovation Challenge provides the platform for innovators at universities to come up with possible solutions to assist the City to solve service delivery challenges. The challenge is meant to capacitate registered students from the University of Pretoria, the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of South Africa to think outside the box, generate and implement innovative solutions that can solve some of the City's most pressing service delivery challenges, and ultimately improve residents' quality of life.
It is envisaged that suitable solutions that come out this process will be incubated in the various programmes offered by collaboration partners, be piloted in the real city environment, improved on where there are gaps, and eventually commercialised.
Also on board are other partners in the innovation space, such as the Technology Innovation Agency, Tuksnovation, the Innovation Hub and Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education.
With technology and innovation being at the forefront of development, it is imperative that the City embraces the well of resources at its disposal, notably the academic institutions, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Innovation Hub, and other research, development and innovation bodies and agencies.