Design Indaba Innovation Award

The Design Indaba Innovation Award is an annual prize awarded to one new design showcased at Design Indaba Expo.

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The award celebrates and recognises imagination, experimentation and creativity within the design sector in South Africa and now, for the first time, the rest of Africa. An independent judging panel selects one winner who receives a cash prize of R50 000, sponsored by Adams&Adams, which is presented at the Design Indaba Expo Events Arena.

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2015 – The Watt Scooter by eLabs

The eLabs Watt Scooter focusses on inner city mobility and decongestion by utilising both electricity and human power to promote inner city and short distance commuting. The scooter goes at about 25 kilometres per hour where traffic in the Cape Town city centre goes at an average speed of 10 kilometres per hour.

2014 – The Madiba2Go Buggy by Shonaquip

Shonaquip is a social enterprise creating context-sensitive seating devices and services for the severely disabled. Their Madiba2Go Buggy, which was part of the Expo Africa is Now exhibition in 2014, is a rugged and adaptable mobile seating system, especially suited for young wheelchair users living in challenging rural environments. Its lightweight modular seat is detachable from the sturdy base frame and has multiple adjustments to effectively manage and improve the posture of each individual user. This helps to reduce and prevent the development of life-threatening secondary health complications. The seat has been designed so that its thin profile becomes almost invisible once the child is seated, shifting the visual focus to the child and enabling better socialisation and inclusion.

2013 – Stratflex furniture by Wintec Innovation

Wintec Innovation took away the prize for their newly patented technology of their Stratflex furniture system. Using specialised rubbers, this technology allows rigid boards like plywood to bend in a strategically flexible way, in three dimensions. This means the furniture can be flat packed – minimising transportation costs – and can be designed for self-assembly by the buyer or storeowner.

2012 – Karol by Andy Cartwright

Andy Cartwright of the Andy Cartwright Homeware was the winner of the inaugural Design Indaba Innovation Award at Design Indaba Expo 2012 for his modular product system, Korol. Korol uses geodesic mathematical formulas to create star-shaped components that, when connected at their points, can form anything from tea light candleholders to lampshades and stools to enormous wall murals. The Korol system is made of 100% recycled polypropylene.

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