Modiragatsi is the Setswana word for performer, and we are looking for performers who will bring about ideas that can change this world for the better. Your ideas can shape our future. If you are a girl between 16 and 18 years old, we would love to hear how you think technology can solve a problem in your community. Problems can be identified in one of the following categories:









How do you get involved?

  1. Find a problem worth solving
  2. Explore the idea of using craft materials to show us your solution
  3. Think about how you would test your solution
  4. Communicate the problem and how you would go about solving the problem in a cell phone video sent via WhatsApp to 067 790 0168 and submit your details using this online form.

Remember it doesn’t matter if you use pen and paper or a full-scale lab – it’s all about the idea and the thinking behind it.

This competition is hosted by the NWU and sponsored by merSETA.

Competition Dates

The competition will run from Monday 7 March 2019 to 1 April 2019. Semi-finalists should be available for mentoring and to pitch their ideas to a panel between 19 and 23 April 2019, and the winner(s) will travel to Silicon Valley over the June school holidays.

Competition Rules

  1. Eligibility

The competition is open to female individuals or teams of no more than four students, all aged between 16 and 18 at the time of the competition. All team members must meet the eligibility requirements of the competition. The NWU reserves the right to verify an individual’s eligibility to participate in the competition. Teams may comprise entrants from different schools. You may ask assistance from your maths or science teacher, but if you do, their contribution should be clearly stated at the time of entry.

  1. Language requirements:

Entries may be made in any of the official NWU languages: English, Afrikaans, Setswana or Sepedi. But all team members should at least be fluent in English.

  1. Structure of Recognition:

A maximum of ten (10) teams will be invited to explore their ideas with mentors and thereafter pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

  1. Grand Prize Winner:

The winning individual or team will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Silicon Valley, the hub of ideas and innovation in the USA.