The emphasis of the annual festival is on innovation and creativity, applied sciences and technology, with the main aim of promoting science and technology to the public, especially the youth. The festival also serves as a platform to change the attitude of the youth toward the engineering, science and technology fields that learners tend to perceive as being uninteresting and complicated. Representatives from the USA’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Goabeb Research and Training Centre, Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII), the Faculties of Computing and Informatics, Engineering, Health and Applied Sciences as well as the Design Lab worked together to ensure the event’s success. Learners were educated through science quizzes, videos and interactive talks while NBII offered workshops on creating innovative business ideas, the importance of social media and market research.Hasekiel Johannes, an NBII Innovation Marketplace Officer, said he was impressed with the overall response of the learners. “Giving an opportunity to learners to attend workshops is an excellent way of informal learning,” he said. Johannes added that the event was an eye-opening experience to all stakeholders involved.Science remains one of the subjects with the lowest pass rate amongst learners and this festival is one of the efforts that are being made to remedy the situation.
The SASAwards is the first annual award to celebrate and recognise the spirit of innovation and achievement in the startup ecosystem in Southern Africa (SADC region).