Learning Idols

The purpose of the Learning Innovation Africa (LIA) conference is to showcase learning innovations in South Africa and Africa. In that spirit, Learning Idols was born in 2017- a competition that corporates/schools/education institutions can enter to showcase their unique learning innovations.

The competition is similar to “American Idols” or “SA Idols” in that judges shortlist the finalists and then the audience gets to make the final call on 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

2017 winners:

  1. Tycoon Tribe- Nico Steyn- Video based learning hub for entrepreneurs, www.tycoontribe.co.za
  2. St Marys School- Flipping the classroom, www.stmarysschool.co.za
  3. Absa- Howard Stafford- Unique learning approach to compliance training , www.absa.co.za


Criteria for Learning innovation Africa submission

We have deliberately kept the criteria broad- the learning solution can be:

  • A learning technology solution
  • A unique learning technique
  • An app
  • An innovative face-face learning methodology
  • The submission must have been operational for 3 months or longer

The judging process

  • Closing date for submissions is 24th August 2018
  • 10 finalists will be chosen by the LIA board of advisors to present to the GIBS judging panel on 28th August 2018
  • The finalists will then go through to the LIA conference on 3/4 Sept 2018 where they will present their projects at the "Meet the Pros" session after lunch on 3 Sept and between 4-5pm in a plenary Dragons Den.
  • The audience will then vote on 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

Your submission:


What has been the material impact of your submission?

What is the measurable effectiveness/ ROI demonstrated?

How long has this process been operational?


Describe your innovation and the scalability thereof


Describe the South African/ African impact

If you have any further queries, please don't hesitate to contact Helen Nicholson, Programme director LIA- 082-4938902 or helen@thenetworkingcompany.co.za