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South Africa: BYM Summit to Bring Africa's 100 Brightest Young Minds Together
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Monday, October 06, 2014
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 06, 2014

Creating change

Delegates were selected based on a demonstration of innovation, civic responsibility and leadership. All of the 100 delegates have initiated or are part of initiatives focused on creating change. Delegates have, among others, designed solar powered technologies, worked on genetically modifying microscopic worms to disinfect water, successfully lobbied for policy systems to support entrepreneurship, launched their own radio stations and designed revolutionary township schools.

Applications were opened to individuals living in any African country for the first time this year; though 95 per cent of the 2014 delegates are South African. The delegates have diverse ethnic and academic backgrounds. About 50 per cent of delegates are Black; 25 percent Coloured or Indian/Asian; and 25 per cent White. Delegates are entrepreneurs, doctors, students, lawyers, bankers, scientists, artists and more. Age ranges from 20 to 32 years with the average age of 24 years.

Delegates will hear from industry leaders on innovation, entrepreneurship and development. Speakers include Ketso Gordhan CEO PPC Cement, Jonathan Leibmann Founder of Arts on Main and Maboneng Developer, Mardia van der Walt-Kortsen Chairman T-Systems, Professor Arnold van Zyl Rector of Chemnitz Technical University in Germany and previously Vice President of Stellenbosch University, and Neil Jacobson Senior Partner of Future World International.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to learn about their leadership preferences using the results of their Insights Discovery profiles provided by BYM partner company Connemara. In addition, the delegates will form teams and design start-up like solutions to social, economic or cultural challenges.

BYM CEO Madelynne Wager says, "Young Africans everywhere are taking responsibility for improving their communities. BYM exists to identify these young people and take their initiatives and impact to the next level."

Brightest Young Minds is a South African NPC that has been identifying and mobilising Africa's most innovative young people for the benefit of their communities and countries for nearly 15 years.

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