Seebox won the Education category at the African Entrepreneurship Awards.
The finals of the African Entrepreneurship Awards were held in Marrakech, Morocco from 5 to 12 October. During an intensive final round, the 34 finalists from over 5,000 entries from all over Africa were mentored by international business mentors to pitch their concepts for sustainable and high social impact businesses in Africa. The judges selected 6 winners and 4 runners-up to share in the $1 million prize money.
The Scientific Engineering Education Box, or Seebox, won $150,000 in the Education category for its potential to develop Africa’s children into engineers. South African entrepreneur and engineer, Johann Kok, developed Seebox as an educational game that empowers young people to become participants and not victims of the coming technology economy.
“My life’s mission is to educate the next generation of brainy nerds (just like myself!) – in a fun and engaging way” says Johann Kok. The self-proclaimed nerd and inventor of Seebox presented a winning project to the African Entrepreneurship Award. The 2015 Award, sponsored by BMCE Bank of Africa, included dozens of amazing pitches but Johann was one that rose to the top.
Seebox seeks to address the worldwide shortage of engineers by introducing young learners to the principles of electricity and electronics. Africa especially lags behind in the training of engineers, and the Seebox offers a technological solution to this.
Johann Kok maintains that the early start he had as a child in being allowed to explore the inside of discarded electronics at the electricity workshop his father worked at, is what got him into engineering. This is what inspired him to invent the Seebox, to expose children to electronics at a young age, and give them a head start to ensure their employability later on.
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