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On 21 April 2017, the first edition of the Cape Town chapter of Ideas World Cup was held at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre. The event aimed to encourage Capetonians to brainstorm ideas that could help solve some of the city’s biggest socio-economic problems including affordable housing in the CBD, traffic congestion, fires in informal settlements and water scarcity.

The event formed part of a global brainstorming competition and the Colombian city of Bucaramnga won with a whopping 13 539 ideas. Cape Town came second with 755 ideas generated.

“Although we didn’t get the numbers we were hoping for on the day, we are still very proud of what the event accomplished. The support and enthusiasm expressed by the public and in particular by the City of Cape Town is something we are excited to build on for 2018,” says Ideas World Cup Project Manager, Shelley Finch.Some of the ideas submitted included:

  • Taxing drivers who commute without passengers during peak hours
  • A hovercraft or ferry service from Blouberg to the V&A Waterfront
  • Installed prepaid water meters in households

A number of inventions and gadgets were also submitted including:

Attendees at the event enjoyed several short presentations from a number of speakers including Caron von Zeil of Reclaim Camissa and Zahier Davids of Flywheel Bikes as well as a Q&A with Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member: Safety & Security and Social services about the causes of fires in informal settlements.

A highlight of the day was a performance of a rap and music piece by Sea Point Primary Grade 7 pupils. Learners wrote their own lyrics around challenges that they face daily including cyberbullying, peer pressure, rape and gossip.

The process of sorting through and categorising all the submitted ideas now begins in earnest, after which they will be presented to a number of organisations for discussion and possible implementation including the City of Cape Town.

Tomorrow we’ll be calling our counterparts in Columbia to get some insight into how they organised their event so we can start preparing for 2018. All of that will happen after we take some time to thank our amazing sponsors: Rotaract Claremont, The Phoenix Partnership and Massimo’s Pizza for their generous support of Cape Town’s 1st Ideas World Cup.”

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