This year’s theme - Local Innovation, Global Conversation - showcases South Africa’s wealth of creativity, originality and ingenuity for developing solutions to unique challenges. Finding solutions lies at the very heart of our motivation for innovation and we stand proud in the many local innovations and inventions that have been adopted by the rest of the world. The dolos, the CAT scan, the Kreepy Krauly, Pratley Putty, the “speed gun” (used in cricket ovals), the world’s first oil-from-coal refinery, and of course, the first heart transplant, to name a few, are all testimony of South Africa’s innovation and invention capability. In 2014 we are sharing this with the world in Cape Town! As the World Design Capital (WDC), the Mother City will be the epicentre of dialogue on design thinking and design development. We are excited to capitalize on the WDC and draw the world’s attention to showcase our innovative capability and to take local innovation into a broader global conversation!