WomEng Fellowship Technovation Challenge 2018

Selected as one of the top 60 female engineering applicants for the WomEng Fellowship 2018, we competed in an innovation challenge to develop a business solution to solve one or more of the 17 sustainable development goals.

Every year WomEng hosts Southern Africa’s top female engineering students in their final or postgraduate year for a skills-building workshop in entrepreneurship, innovation and new-venture creation.


In 2018, I was selected as one of the 60 fellows from South Africa and joined the challenge to ideate and pitch a creative business solution to solve one or more of the 17 sustainable development goals. My team, comprising of multidisciplinary engineering students from tertiary institutions across the country, designed a low-cost rainwater harvesting device and model in order to support Cape Town during the water crisis they were experiencing and the looming threat of ‘Day Zero’.


Group 8, The Great! Winners of the WomEng Fellowship Technovation Challenge 2018.


We designed a low-cost rainwater harvesting system using micro-pore technology to provide clean water to low-income houses, creating more equitable access to rainwater harvesting.

This business idea was pitched to a panel consisting of WomEng’s managing directors, representatives from Ernst & Young, venture capitalists and angel investors. It was selected as the winning idea out of 12 pitches and we were provided with further mentorship to consult with the supporting panel to further develop our ideas.

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