[Caption] Allan Goldberg of Off Grid Innovations, inventor of the iHarvey “Power Anytime”, is the winner of the Inventors Garage at the 2018 SABC Education SA Innovation Summit (SAIS). He walks away with bragging rights as the best inventor from the 20 finalists that participated, and R 30 000 from Adams&Adams to assist with safeguarding his intellectual property. [Pictured above (L to R) are Steven Yeates, (Partner at Adams&Adams), alongside Carmen Hooper and Daniel Custodio from Off Grid Innovations]

iHarvey (pictured below) is a thermo-electric generator which produces power by converting heat into electricity, powering three high quality LED lamps and charging a USB device simultaneously. “With about 600 million people in Africa alone still not having access to basic electricity, there is an urgent need to offer products that re-imagine fuels in a way that is clean, safe and more efficient. We have to use what is available now, innovating existing technology to accommodate the situations and produce high quality solutions,” says Goldberg.

The runner-up in the Inventors Garage competition is Murray Bredin with the Pivot Optimiser, an internet-of-things monitoring and control system for agricultural irrigation centre pivots and pumps. It performs local control functions and transmits all measured data to a web server. In third place is Steven Blake with BioPay, a mobile application that allows customers to pay for goods and services at the vendor or online using their fingerprints, so that it is not necessary to carry cash or bank cards.

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