Innovative approaches to recycling and refuse disposal

16 Jul 2014 - 14:15

Riccardo Vernetti (speaking), Oliver Funk and Oliver de Bruin explain their recycling design project using an Intel Galileo Board, as part of the Department of Electrical Engineering's Innovation Week. UCT is part of Intel's global roll-out of 50 000 Galileo boards to 1000 universities in the next 18 months.

 The Galileo Board offers a simple and cost-effective development environment for the Internet of Things – the control networks that integrate and automate everything from kitchen appliances to factories. The project is part of Intel's global outreach programme to spur innovation across the entire computing spectrum.

At UCT, 42 Galileo boards were delivered to the Department of Electrical Engineering for their Innovation Week in July, and will be used in subsequent teaching activities.

Participants included students, high school pupils, alumni, and representatives of industry, all working on general themes of refuse disposal, minimisation, upcycling, recycling and re-use.

Intel engineers from the US and Ireland were on hand to encourage innovation among participants, who used social media and online games to make recycling fun, competitive and attractive to all ages.

Teams were judged for their use of different technologies, for innovation, the potential of their projects to go viral, for technical execution, and for fostering broader audience participation.

Electrical engineering's Samuel Ginsberg, host of the UCT event, said: "It was a great week with so much creative energy and so many innovative ideas."

(Ginsberg headed up the Khusela project , an early-warning system to prevent shack fires, which received the People's Choice Award in the 2014 Global Social Venture Competition.)