BRICS Future Skills

BRICS Future Skills challenge

The youth of the BRICS nations are coming together to show how Future Skills will solve our most critical challenges.


From the 12th to the 15th of September 2023, South Africa will host 100’s of young people from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa who will compete to show off their solutions. Competitors will pitch their solutions in a “Lions Den” to the expert judges to the most pressing challenges we face today.


With thousands of attendees ranging from industry experts from critical sectors, multinational company representatives, the global public and government representatives from around the BRICS nations, the Future Skills Challenge 2023 is a perfect place to exhibit how your company contributes to the future.

Programme outline

Opening Ceremony and Day 1 challenges

Panel on Energy Innovations across BRICS

Panel on Health Innovations across BRICS

Challenges continue for competitors

Panel on Water Innovations across BRICS  

Panel on Skills Dev Innovations across BRICS


“Lions Den”

Top 15 competitors from across BRICS nations pitch to the expert judges or “Lions”


Closing Ceremony and prize giving

Invite only: Network cocktails

Skills Areas for 2023:

South Africa will be hosting skills challenges in these areas:

  1. Aircraft Maintenance 
  2. Agri IOT 
  3. Building Information Modeling
  4. Cyber Security
  5. Data Science
  6. Digital Twin
  7. Drones
  8. Internet Marketing
  9. Manufacturing Robotics
  10. Mobile app development
  11. Renewable Energy
  12. Robotic Process Automation

Click the button below for a detailed description of each skill challenge. 

Join the Challenge

The competition will take place from the 12th to the 15th of September 2023. Join hundreds of competitors from around the BRICS nations at Johannesburg Expo Centre and online as they compete to show off their skills.

The event:

The competition will take place from 12 to 15 September 2023. 

Day 1: Opening ceremony and Day 1 Challenges

Day 2: Challenges

Day 3: Top 3 from each BRICS nation pitches to experts and judging

Day 4: Closing ceremony and prize giving

South African Medalists 2022

South Africa received 10 silver and bronze medals and 5 medals of excellence in 2022’s BRICS Future Skills Challenge. Congrats to all our South Africans.

Organising Committee

Mapule Ncanywa

Chair of the BRICS Business Council Skills Group. She also heads the Naspers Labs and serves on the Board for the FoodBev SETA

Sherrie Donaldson

As Secretariat - Sherrie is passionate about the impact skills can have on uplifting the people of South Africa

Joanne Brink

Founder & Entrepreneur of TechWays. Former positions at FPD and Endeavor. Qualified as CA with KPMG. Joanne is the Project Manager

Dr Ntebo Ngozwana

Serves on the BRICS Business Council Skills Group and is the Research Director at the Construction Industry Development Board

Lynne Wilmot

Serves on the BRICS Business Council Skills Group and is the HRD consultant for COEGA Development Corporation

Dale Jeevanantham

Currently works for the National Business Initiative. Previously he was the executive assistant to the CEO at Gauteng City Region Academy.


Ronny Mabokela - Mobile app

Ronny heads the Technopreneurship Centre at UJ and is a Applied Info Systems lecturer. He previously worked at Vodacom and Telkom.

Sihle Trolly - Digital twin

Sihle was the silver medal winner for Digital Twin in 2022. He is joined by Theo v Niekerk - a senior lecturer within the Mechatronics Engineering Department at Nelson Mandela University.

Heloise Meyer - Cyber Security

Heloise is a senior network specialist at SANREN, and previously worked at CSIR as a researcher.

Dr Sudesh Sivarasu - Manuf. robotics

Dr. Sudesh Sivarasu is a distinguished biomedical engineer, holding the prestigious DSI/NRF – SARChI South African Research Chair

Neil van Wyngaard - RPA

is an experienced Solutions Architect for EOH, skilled in SQL, SharePoint, .NET, Enterprise Software, ITIL, Agile Methodologies, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), BPM and RPA.

Dr Liphadzi Murendeni - BIM

is the Deputy Director at the Sustainable human settlement construction research centre at the University of Johannesburg. He is passionate about digital management and leadership in the built environment.

Ziphezinhle Gabuza - Agri IOT

Ziphezinhle or Boyzie serves as Luxescape Managing Director. He is a passionate farmer, devoted to nurturing the land, empowering farmers, and fostering a thriving agricultural ecosystem

Damian Mooney - Drones

Damien is currently the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Consultant at Nelson Mandela University. He is also a Mechanical Engineer. Airline Transport Pilot License. Instructors License. RPAS Pilot. RPAS Technician

Emmanuel Mhungu - Aircraft maintenance

Emmanuel is an aircraft maintenance engineer currently working for Starlite Aviation and I am also a National expert with the DHET.

Menzi Mhlongo - Internet Marketing

From Digify Africa. He is a renowned projects manager and Talents Durban Manager who has the ability to bring talent and funders together.

Gundo Maswime - Renewable Energy

Gundo is an Engineering Lecturer at University of Cape Town and also researcher in the Urban and Public Infrastructure Research Initiative

Dr Peter Olukanmi - Data Science

Is the leader of the Data Science and Computational Intelligence Research Cluster (D-CIRCLE) and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering Technology (DEET) at UJ.