The SLP sponsors ‘Internet of Things’ category in annual Bright Ideas competition

The InnOvaTe Project, delivered in partnership with five South London boroughs, sponsored an ‘Internet of Things’ category in Kingston University’s annual Bright Ideas competition.

15th March 2020

Bright ideas is Kingston University’s annual ideas competition open to students as well as recent graduates allowing them to pitch their innovative businesses ideas to industry professionals, alumni and staff.

Sutton and Kingston Council colleagues sat down with students to discuss how to tackle some of their boroughs key transport, environment and health challenges through IoT Solutions, and were also invited as panel judges to score finalist pitches.

Winners of our IoT category were:

1st Place: Scan & Bin: A smart bin solution aiming to solve the 500,000 tons of recycling being contaminated in the UK each year.

2nd Place: VRTribe: A VR tour platform aiming to create a positive impact on Africa’s tourism industry by offering first-hand experience of diverse travel highlights.

Head of Enterprise Education at Kingston University Martha Mador couldn’t have been more impressed with the level of creativity shown by students this year. “It has been a very exciting day and we are absolutely delighted with the quality of the ideas,” she said.

It was a prestigious event and a great opportunity to develop the working relationship the South London Partnership have built with Kingston University, while simultaneously publicising and endorsing ‘Internet of Things’ to higher education students.

Reviews from members of the InnOvaTe project team

“A prestigious and inspiring event, and a great opportunity to push the boundaries of ‘Internet of Things’ ideas with students, business leaders and academics.”
Pierre Ventour | Digital Infrastructure Project Manager at Kingston and Sutton Council

“It was a pleasure being one of the judges for this competition and seeing student’s creativity and entrepreneurial acumen being put to the test. It’s great to see collaborative working between universities and local government and I hope it continues.”
Jesse Koranteng | Communications and Engagement Officer at Sutton Council

“It was great to see a range of talented and ambitious students showcasing their creativity and ability for this competition, with many good ideas being expressed.”
James West | Communications and Engagement Assistant (Apprentice) at Sutton Council