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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Cape Speed Competition

TECHNOLOGY: CPUT students and staff take out their phones to tweet messages of support. Each tweet powers a model car around the racing track.

Support the Champions of Engineering team by entering the Cape Speed Digital competition.

Tweet your messages of support using the  #capespeed or like the Facebook page, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win great prizes.

CLOSER LOOK: Team member Fulufhelo Ndou with one of the racing cars.

Each tweet or like will power a model car around a racing track that has been set up at the CPUT Cape Town Library.

Alan Cronje from AtPlay, the digital division of agency Saatchi & Saatchi who devised the system, says with the help of the latest technology they are able link up Twitter and Facebook to the racetrack and give the car instructions.

“Each tweet or like powers the model car for one lap around the track,” says Cronje.

The Champions of Engineering team will compete in the Formula Student Competition at Silverstone in the UK next month. This is the first time CPUT will take part in the race and is the only university in South Africa that clinched a spot in the competition.

Head of the Adaptronic Advanced Manufacturing Technology Laboratory Prof Oscar Philander, under which this project falls, has encouraged the CPUT community and public to participate in the competition that runs up until 29 June.

Prizes up for grabs include an iPad and mobile phone starter packs.

For more information on the competition go to www.capespeed.co.za

By Candes Keating

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za