26 March 2020 Volume :8 Issue :8

UKZN Students Excel at Innovate Festival

UKZN Students Excel at Innovate Festival
UKZN student inventor, Mr Jabulani Nyembe, with Innovate Durban Festival representatives.

Two Durban students devised a digital medical records software system, Clinalytics, which won them third place and R25 000 at the Innovate Festival (IF) in Durban.

The students are third-year Bachelor of Business Science student Mr Jabulani Nyembe and BCom Information Systems and Technology graduand and Postgraduate Diploma in Local Economic Development student Mr Muhle Ndwalane.

IF Durban is an annual festival aimed at thought leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, designers, government officials and innovation stakeholders to explore the latest trends from both a global and local perspective and to celebrate and showcase the innovation in Durban.

Clinalytics aims to empower healthcare professionals with tools to enable them to provide world class healthcare services through a digital medical records software system that allows them to create, store, and analyse the medical records of patients. 

‘Preparing for our pitch at the festival involved knowledge we gathered over our years of study at UKZN while being part of the Enspire programme under UKZN’s InQubate division gave us an advantage,’ said Nyembe.

‘The festival provided us with an opportunity to learn and interact with the highlight being able to meet Professor Mashudu Tshifularo - the first person in the world to successfully complete a middle ear transplant and restore hearing.

‘Professor Tshifularo advised us on how we could improve our software.

‘The festival provided an opportunity for us to sell ourselves to possible investors and hear exactly what they look for,’ he added.

Nyembe and Ndwalane recently added a third member to the team - Ms Thulisile Mthembu, a third-year BCom Information Technology and Finance student, who assists with finance and legal consulting work.

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga

Photograph: Supplied

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