Western Cape innovators in line to win cash prizes in internet competition

Alan Winde, MPL

Minister of Economic Opportunities:

Western Cape Government Internet Competition (2)

The province’s most innovative residents stand a chance to win their share of R12 000 in the Western Cape Government’s Internet Competition.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, encouraged residents to enter the competition which closes on Thursday, 12 March 2015.

Minister Winde explained that there are two categories, namely internet Innovation and “How the internet has improved my business”.

The internet innovation category calls on contestants to present an original idea where the internet could be used to promote social and economic benefits in their neighbourhood.

Residents in this category must include details of how much it would cost to bring the idea to life.

Entrants must outline how the concepts will work in a 500 – 800 word description.

The successful innovator will win R10 000.

In the second category, “How the internet has improved my business”, entrants will have to motivate how the internet has improved their lives or businesses. The winner will clinch R2 000.

Minister Winde said the competition aimed to highlight the impact of the public WiFi zones.

This pilot project forms part of the Western Cape Government’s R1.3 billion broadband plan to connect the province’s residents to affordable internet.

“In this pilot phase, 90 000 residents in Delft, Atlantis, Robertson and Eden have been connected to the internet. Increased internet access is directly related to economic growth. More residents are using this platform to further their education, digital literacy and promote their businesses.

“This competition also gives us the chance to showcase the innovation of our residents and I’m looking forward to the creative solutions entrants will put forward,” said Minister Winde.

For more information on the criteria and how to enter, kindly see attached