A real rocket scientist has been named winner of the SingularityU Global Impact Challenge for 2017, after five finalists presented their impact concepts to the Judges and audience in Johannesburg this week.
Jonathan Lun, a Wits University and Stellenbosch University alumnus, presented an ambitious asteroid metal-fuelled rocket solution. He has been given a full scholarship to attend Singularity University’s 9-week Global Solutions Programme in Silicon Valley.
“I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to be offered this life-changing experience,” said Lun. “The support from friends, family and colleagues has been astounding and I hope to make them proud.
Lun called Singularity University “the perfect place to share and refine this idea with like-minded people who pursue ambitious and grand efforts to build the future.”
Singularity University (SU) is a California benefit corporation with a mission to educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies towards solving humanity’s grand challenges. Together with a highly engaged alumni community in over 90 countries, SU is committed to creating positive and sustainable global impact via three core areas: education, innovation and community.
Headquartered at NASA’s Research Park in the heart of Silicon Valley, it was founded in 2008 by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis.