UP's Brightest Young Minds

Posted on September 22, 2010

The Brightest Young Minds (BYM) is an organisation that states their mission as: "Channelling hearts and minds into innovative projects that can affect societal improvement".

This organisation is responsible for organising the annual BYM Summit. The Summit aims to attract 100 passionate, innovative South African youth between the ages of 20 to 30 to participate in a mind‑blowing and life‑changing summit.

This year’s summit, ‘2010: The Turning Point?’, took place in Stellenbosch from 7 ‑ 11 September. During the first two days of the Summit professionals in the economic and education sector addressed the delegates to outline the big picture view of these sectors in South Africa and the issues they are faced with. The next two days were used to evaluate and work on the solutions the delegates came up with for the identified challenges. The delegates voted for the best 6 solutions out of about 70 and then worked on these 6 solutions as projects. The farewell gala evening was used as a platform to present these projects to fellow delegates and the sponsors of the summit. The ideal will be for the delegates to continue working on their projects after the summit to ensure it can become a reality.

A view often expressed by the delegates was that they have never experienced such a large group of enthusiastic and committed individuals at one place in the same time. As the Anthony Farr (CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation) said at the gala evening after he mentioned how the future of South Africa was planned in prison cells on Robben Island: “The question is not 'What can 100 people do?' but rather 'What can 100 people NOT do?"

The sponsors of the 2010 BYM Summit were Proctor & Gamble (P&G), Dimension Data, The National Treasury and Stellenbosch University.

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