On the 18th-21st November 2019, Makeathon gathered together science, technology and engineering students from different academic institutions from Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa to showcase their knowledge and creativity in innovation, design as well as developing innovative solutions to everyday challenges.
Botswana being the second country in Africa to host a ‘Smart Green Makeathon 2019, gives Her an opportunity to fast track her preparedness in realising this quest for brining the country the industrial fourth revolution that is vastly taking over the world.
The participants are tasked with producing a solar powered car. The reveal of the car took place at the University of Botswana on the 21st November 2019. The event was graced by the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Hon. Peggy O. Serame, Minister of Tertiary Education Hon .Dr Douglas Letsholathebe, Assistant Minister of MITI Hon. Karabo Gare and other senior government officials.
Giving a preview of Smart Green, the CEO of ITQ GMBH Dr Stetter, said Botswana has an added advantage of abundance of sun light more than any other country therefore there is need to tap into it for business opportunities. He went on to appreciate the highly motivated and skilful team of students who could turn around the fortunes of the locally economy if utilized.
For her part, Minister Serame, said the initiative by the tertiary students, is just the start towards the development of an electronic car, which falls within the national transformation agenda. She applauded the team’s commitment to realize their goal saying they have demonstrated that there is nothing impossible and proved the critics wrong that electric car can be done. She however emphasized the need for Intellectual Property and commercialization of the prototype to promote innovation.