Tata Consultancy Services’ Second Annual Sustainathon South Africa Provided a Platform to Address Real-Life Environmental Issues Through Policy, Design, and Innovation
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) announced that Team Amanzi Impilo from the University of Cape Town were the winners of the 2023 TCS Sustainathon South Africa – a problem-solving competition that empowers and engages the youth to address pressing societal and sustainability issues.
Team Amanzi Impilo was selected from among 10 finalists for their innovative solution to this year’s theme, Sustainable Water and Sanitation Management. Their solution, titled ‘The Use of IoT Technology in Grey Water Recycling for Non-Potable Uses’ involved using the power of technology to safely and efficiently recycle grey water, and to ensure a zero water wastage household.
Team Disruptors from University of Johannesburg won the second prize, while Teams Pathfinders (from Eduvos College, Health Science Academy and Rosebank College) and Water-Wise Professionals (from University of Witwatersrand) tied for the third place.
This year’s event, the second South African edition of TCS Sustainathon, focused on finding ways to harness the innovative ideas and solutions of the youth in addressing critical water and sanitation challenges faced by the country’s communities.
To build on their ideas, participants had the opportunity to work with TCS Sustainathon partners Geekulcha, Ubuhlebakhe WaterTM, SkillsLab, and the City of Tshwane Municipality. This gave them the chance to access corporate South Africa and receive valuable mentorship.
TCS Sustainathon South Africa was open to current and graduate students, from the age of 18, from any of the country’s universities. Participants attended a programme of briefing webinars, before the final concept submission and the TCS Sustainathon grand finale at The Garden Venue in Johannesburg.
The winning team won R30,000, while second place won R20,000, and third place R10,000, everyone was presented with gift vouchers, goodie bags and potential TCS internships. All the other finalist teams received R5,000.
“The idea behind the second TCS Sustainathon South Africa was to inspire our youth to advocate for a more sustainable world,” revealed Langa Dube, Country Manager, TCS South Africa. “By allowing students to tap into the power of technology, communities and our partner ecosystem, I can confidently say that the work they have presented here today could have a real impact on South Africa’s critical water and sanitation challenges.”
Dube went on to say that he is impressed by the sustainable and practical work of every finalist this year. “Congratulations to all the finalist teams for their great work. They have proved that innovation can be a powerful tool to shape a better tomorrow.”
The TCS Sustainathon is a global initiative that is also held in the UK, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and India.