Change the world


Is innovation making our lives healthier, safer and more comfortable - turning problems into progress?

This was the theme of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Innovation Office’s celebration of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day.

Various departments within the university hosted talks, providing students with the opportunity to learn about the role that intellectual property rights – patents, trademarks, registered designs, copyright – play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

To this end, the talk illustrated to postgraduate students how the intellectual property generated within the university has been and continues to be able to improve lives.  For example, a mobile application developed by the Centre for Community Technologies, Ncediso™, has made healthcare- and medical information more accessible to those with no or limited medical training. The application allows for the early detection of various disabilities, provides information on nutrition and diseases among children, chronic disease management, information on infectious and non-infectious diseases, first aid and various other conditions. Zanempilo, a Mobile Health Education Platform, run from the School of Clinical Care Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences, provides a Mobile Health Education Platform in the form of a mobile clinic to rural communities.

The talks were hosted over the period of a month and during this time, a competition was run around the theme. The winning innovation concept was that which would most likely be executed and improve lives.


The winner of a smart phone projector was Zinzan Boukes, a Master’s student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology who suggested the development of a smartphone app for the South African National Blood Bank which will target members of the public, specifically those who have not donated blood yet.


Contact information
Ms Elzaan le Roux
Public Relations & Marketing Administrator
Tel: +27 (0)41 504 4903