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Winning University from Konica Minolta’s International University Contest comes from South Africa

On April 29th in Berlin, Konica Minolta staged the final of the International University Contest, in which university students from around the world were invited to submit innovative workflow solutions relating to aspects of academic life. Steven Swift of IDeAs, and Co-Chairman of IMPSGA, was invited to be one of the judges, as an independent industry representative, charged with evaluating the entries and selecting the winner.

Busisiwe Rekhostso, a student from the winning team from the Vaal Technical University of South Africa, emphasised “The contest was a wonderful experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet new and interesting people. Over the course of the competition, I spent many hours with many different people, listening to them and talking with them about their goals and plans for the future. It was incredibly exciting to be able to compete and interact with them. The experience has been tremendously rewarding and beyond breathtaking.“ And Prince Madumise, another student from the winning team, adds: “Thank you for the opportunity you gave us. We had an amazing time in Berlin. We still, after the trip, cannot believe we were in a distant foreign land.” In June, the 5 winners will attend the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria, where smart start-ups present innovations of the future (1-2 June 2017).

Top-Class Jury and Speakers

The winning team was chosen by a top-class jury consisting of renowned members such as Alastair Creelman, a leading e-learning specialist from Linnaeus University, based in Sweden, and Steven Swift, founder of the IMPSGA alliance and industry analyst.

“The event was a great opportunity for students to demonstrate innovation, and for the winners to meet with some of the world’s top technology investors and executives at the 2017 Pioneers Festival.”
Steven Swift, founder of the IMPSGA alliance and industry analyst, international judging panel member

Speakers completing the event included Oliver Csendes, CEO of Pioneers, who provided an overview of this year’s Pioneers Festival, and Milan Lakhani, client principal and innovation strategist within Konica Minolta’s European Business Innovation Centre (BIC), who gave an insight into Konica Minolta’s approach to innovation.

IUC 2018

Following on from the success of this year’s contest, Konica Minolta has decided to run the competition again in 2018.


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This article was written on 16 May 2017, and is filled under Event.


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