Jonathan Lun, a South African rocket scientist, was announced as the SingularityU ‘Global Impact Challenge’ 2017 winner at an intimate event in Johannesburg.
At the event the top five finalists presented their impact concepts to the Judges and audience and it was Lun who walked away as the winner for the Southern African edition of the challenge.
Lun, a Wits and Stellenbosch University alumni, developed an ambitious asteroid metal-fuelled rocket solution which was deemed the most promising by the judges and audience.
As a result of his victory, Lun has been awarded a full scholarship to attend Singularity University’s Global Solutions Programme in Silicon Valley. Lun explains “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to be offered this life-changing experience. The support from friends, family and colleagues has been astounding and I hope to make them proud.
In an interview prior to the event, 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.” Lun will now have that opportunity to make his dream come true.
Along with earning the title of Global Impact Challenge Southern Africa 2017 winner, Lun has been awarded a complete scholarship to Singularity University’s nine-week Global Solutions Programme (GSP), taking place in Silicon Valley.