Each year, the Falling Walls Foundation supports scientific organisations around the world to host a Falling Walls Lab. This international forum promotes interdisciplinary connections between aspiring academics, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals known for their excellent work.

On Thursday, 02 June, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in partnership with the Tshwane University of Technology, supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in South Africa, hosted the Falling Walls Lab Pretoria event, where 14 young and talented innovators from various academic fields presented their ground-breaking research ideas to a jury of eminent academics.

At the end of a competitive pitching session and intense jury deliberation, Tamlyn Naidu, a Postdoc Fellow from the University of the Witwatersrand, and Chemical Engineer, was named the winner of the Falling Walls Lab Pretoria 2022 after captivating the jury panel and audience with her presentation on “Breaking the Wall of Acid Mine Drainage”

Ms. Naidu will be flying to Berlin, Germany in November to compete against other Falling Walls Lab winners across the world at the Falling Walls Lab Global Finale. She has also received an invitation to participate in “Innovation Week”, a Start-up training by DAAD and Research in Germany.

Mr Shadrack Imani, from the Tshwane University of Technology, won second place with his pitch on “Breaking the Wall of Covid19 Transmission”, while Ms Kathleen Boshoff, a Medical Student from the University of Pretoria won third place with her pitch on “Breaking the Wall of Brain Fog”.

The event organising partners would like to express their gratitude for the involvement of the jury members for Falling Walls Lab Pretoria 2022:

  • Ms Elizabeth Masoleng: Chairperson, Enterprise Development Associate, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, (Tshwane University of Technology)
  • Mr Basanda Pongoma, Business Development Specialist Pre-Incubation Directorate of Innovation, Technology Transfer and Commercialsation (University of South Africa)
  • Mr Steven Parkinson, Head of Training academy, (ThyssenKrupp)
  • Mr Michael Christopher Stark, Research Assistant: Health Science Deans Office (University of Pretoria)
  • Dr Ute Schwaibold, Senior Lecturer, (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Dr Emmanuel Ojo, Senior Lecturer, (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Mr Brian Mphahele, Commercialization Executive, (Technology Innovation Agency)