Often innovation is associated with technology and the for-profit sector. However, in the ACTIVATE! network there are many young people using innovative thinking to address some of South Africa’s pressing challenges through social entrepreneurship. And this is what attendees at this year’s Innovation Summit will experience. The SA Innovation Summit as an annual flagship event on the South African Innovation Calendar, is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation, as well as facilitating innovation thought-leadership.

From 06  – 08 September, 27 young people from across South Africa will be amongst industry giants showcasing their innovations around social impact. These 27 young people are just a few out of a network of more than 2000 young people who are using innovative thinking to overcome issues such as unemployment, skills development while giving back to their communities. The Innovation Summit is one way how young people are demonstrating how using innovative and creative ideas to give back to communities for the public good.