Opportunities for youth in AVI AFRIQUE 2017 Awards

The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC Limited calls all youth innovators to be a part of their prestigious AVI Afrique 2017 Awards Ceremony, which is taking place in Johannesburg, on 25 October 2017. Contestants from all over South Africa can enter and stand a chance to be crowned for their innovative excellence in the aviation sector.

There are five different categories this year, so whether you are a scientist, researcher, budding entrepreneur journalist, industry professional, university student or high school learner, this is your chance to show the wold your skills and gain recognition for your innovations. The categories are as follows:

Student innovator: Strictly for 18 years and above and still studying,

Emerging innovator: Independent innovator not working for any research institution or university

Professional innovator: Working within an institution or involved in a research environment

Organisations: Any organisation including research and educational institutions

Media: Journalists with an interest in aviation

The AVI Afrique Awards is currently in its 6th year and presents the perfect platform for individuals with a passion for innovation, and elevating aviation through bright ideas, designs and prototypes, to showcase their capabilities. The new AVI Afrique 2017 website (www.aviafrique.co.za) has made the registration process as fluid and as uncomplicated as possible, with entrants easily able to select categories, input information and upload the required documentation.

In celebrating the centenary year, commemorating Oliver Reginald Tambo, ATNS has decided to rename the AVI Cumulus Award to the “OR Tambo Cumulus Award.” The grand prize this year will be a whopping R20 017.00, the second-place winner will receive R15 000, and third place will receive R10 000. The AVI Afrique event will also include special awards which will be awarded to Students, Women, Aviation-specific individuals as well as Media-innovation aviation.

“As an organisation that is advanced through innovation, we are proud to provide this global platform for local innovators and entrepreneurs to showcase their skills and products. We look forward to the various entries that will be received,” said Thabani Mthiyane, CEO at ATNS.

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