Best Ideas 2022 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.

Opportunities, Inclusivity and Freedom for Us!

Stage of Idea conceptual stage, planning stage

Explain your idea in details:

As technology advances in our world ,I believe that we can develop a technological instrument; the vision board. It mainly aimed at people who have hearing problems. The vision board should be able to detect and capture sound within a 40m distance. As the sound from a speaker such as a lecturer or the intercom system is captured, it displays what is being said on the board. It's extremely tiring to have to write what you are saying,but this visual board will actually detect your voice and analyse the codes to receive data so it can perform its function. This will ensure that a person does not miss important information and enable the to take notes. Society in general chooses to communicate with the deaf visually,this leaves me wondering,why haven't we developed a technological tool which that is suitable for the deaf. Perhaps this idea has been proposed,but you actually have to learn from experience to know what society needs. Visual is the answer to communicate with the deaf. If you have ever came across a hearing impaired person , you'll probably know how difficult it is for them to fit in , because according to society,they are 'aliens', seen as people with special needs but they are not!

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

One of the SGD goals is reduced inequality. The disabled community is one of the most excluded group in the world. People need to realise that they too have dreams and want to make them a reality. Being different means being unique. The development of the vision board can prove to be helpful to educational institutions such as universities. Not many universities are equipped with the resources to provide support to the deaf/ hard-of-hearing/ hearing impaired students. Due to social inequality,not many can afford hearing aids ,cochlear implants or sign language interpreters, therefore these institutions have a responsibility to provide sufficient resources and education to them . Have you ever felt so unhappy about being dead, because society does not take you seriously when you speak ,to them it's like your voice is muffled . This decreases one's self esteem and confidence. I believe that this idea can actually help millions to gain more resources to be willing to change how society thinks about them . Among them ,one will be mind-blown by the creativity,uniqueness and talents they posses ,there are only limitations to that and it is communication. Businesses can also benefit from this as they can scout many talents and address social inequality. I feel that the implementation of visual boards would change the deaf, community's lives, they would be able to access tertiary education without the fear of exclusion and this would present them an opportunity to pursue their dreams.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

So far the only type of sound detecting technology is sonar. This visual board can analyse people's voices as 'waves'. To be able to implement this idea ,a large amount of capital is required,of this is risky as it can prove to be unsuccessful. The best way to ensure that this can work,is to acquire assistance from IT specialists, scientists and audiologists as well as business people. NGOs such as WHO can be involved to help test the durability of this board . It would actually be quite helpful to include a team of volunteers who are deaf or hearing impaired to help test the effectiveness of this board as well as contribute their own ideas on how we can develop other initiatives to help them.

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Your profile

I am 16 years old. My aim is to ensure that people of all ages, have access to quality education no matter their social background. I am happy to have grown up in South Africa,which is often referred to as the 'Rainbow Nation'. South Africa is a diverse country which tries to include all of its people. Recently I came across the story of KwaZulu-Natal's first deaf graduate, Voloshni Annamallay. She told her story of how she successfully completed her studies with the support of a sign language interpreter. I ,too am hearing impaired. It is from both our stories that I decided to develop my innovative idea.

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