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Entries now open for innovative Witsies

- Wits University

Wits IT teams stand a chance to win US$10 000 innovation prize.

SITA, the world-leading Swiss air transport IT and communications specialist, has opened entries this week for Wits-only teams to enter its innovation award competition for 2017.

The SITA Air Transport Community Foundation Innovation Award will reward collaborative team work at Wits University that uses information technology to find an innovative solution to an aviation issue or a more general issue that relates to the core business in which SITA operates, namely IT and technology solutions for air transport (passengers and cargo).

The Innovation Award aims to stimulate innovation and has deliberately been described in broad terms to attract a wide range of entries.

For example, an “aviation issue” could include solving an engineering problem; finding an IT solution to an airport customer experience issue; or a more general issue could include using big data analytics to address an issue facing people traveling through a city.


Download the Guidelines for the SITA Air Transport Community Foundation Innovation Award (pdf).

Entries opened on Wednesday, 7 June 2016, and the closing date for submissions is midday 1 September 2017.

The competition is open to teams of two or more individuals:

who must be associated with Wits University by being Wits postgraduate/4th year students and/or members of Tshimologong (Postgraduate students include PhD, masters, honours, and honours-equivalent students in the 4th year of professionally qualifying bachelors degrees, such as 4th year BSc(Eng) students), and

at least one member of each team must either be a student from Aeronautical Engineering / Computer Science / Electrical and Information Engineering / Information Systems in Commerce, or a member of Tshimologong


Please download and read the Guidelines before making further enquiries.  If you still have questions after that, please email

The Wits-SITA partnership

The  SITA Air Transport Community Foundation Innovation Award is an extension of a partnership between Wits and SITA that has been ongoing since 2015 and that focuses on supporting students and young people in their studies, research and in innovation in the fields of Aeronautical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Information Engineering, Information Systems in Commerce, and at the Wits Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct.

The Wits-SITA partnership is helping students in Africa with financial assistance to succeed in their studies, and in building skills capability that would add much needed expertise to the aviation industry through support for specific academic disciplines.