Are you up for the ‘Solve-it’ challenge? Simply identify a problem and come up with a solution (either a product or service) that could solve-it!
Who can enter?
The competition will be open to all full-time students at W.I.T. (undergraduate and postgraduate) in any school. Anyone who has an idea is welcome to apply. Students can elect to work individually or in groups (max. 4 students per group).
What can we win?
Great prizes worth up to €1,000!
The ‘First-Prize’ Package: The competition winner (or winning team) will receive prize money of €500 from our main sponsors AIB, who are proud to back WIT students. In addition, mentoring will be made available to help develop your idea further.
Second Prize: €300 prize money
Third Prize: €200 prize money
In 2014 Jonathan O’Donnell a second year student on the BSc in Applied Healthcare impressed the panel of Judges with his clever healthcare management product, his enthusiasm and his ability to creatively tackle problems in this area.
Second prize was awarded to John Liston and Michael Doyle both Lifesciences students with an innovative device that can be used by people involved in land management. John and Michael made left a strong impression on the panel with the aid of their home made prototype clearly demonstrating how their solution would work.
Other finalists added an international flair to the competition. These entries showed great diversity with ideas ranging from a social ‘clean community’ initiative, online gaming products, innovative flexible lending platforms to potentially ground breaking wireless charging technology. All of the teams were commended by the panel for their creativity and professionalism in coming up with and presenting their Solve-It ideas.
When can we enter?
You can enter this competition any time you are ready to do so. The closing date of the competition is Sunday 5th March 2017. All entries will be reviewed by an internal panel and shortlisted to five entries.Shortlisted entries will be invited to participate in the Grand Solve-it Final which will be held in April 2017. Finalists will get the opportunity to present their idea to an external panel of judges to determine the ultimate winner (or winning team).
This competition encourages you to identify problems that you (or people you know) have experienced in going about your daily life. These problems or frustrations can occur:
Anywhere e.g. at home, at college, in the garden, on the farm, in the studio, in the lab, at work etc.
When you are doing everyday things e.g. hobbies, studying, exercising, cooking, shopping, socialising, driving, travelling, going on holidays … the list is endless!
For anyone e.g. children, those who are small, tall, old, able-bodied, physically-challenged, experienced, novice user … it doesn’t matter!
Because there are problems in modern society e.g. lack of money, extreme weather, ageing population, too much pollution etc.
Because things don’t work well or maybe the solution does not exist yet … but if it did it would make things better for those who have that problem!
Need some examples? Look at the list below:
|Books are too expensive to buy||
An online second hand student book shop.
|People find it hard to get motivated to do exercise||An app game that is built around running routes.|
|Mobile phone batteries going flat when out||A wireless mobile phone charger|
|Lots of good food is wasted||A food sharing community|
|Food allergies are increasing||A new free-from food product|
|Poisonous gas from slurry||A detector for measuring poisonous gas levels|
Once you identify your problem … come up with as many possible solutions as you can think of. Have fun, be daring, use your imagination!
Pick what you think is your best idea. This idea must:
- Be a new product that will solve the problem or
- A new service that will solve the problem
You can enter any time, but last entries must be received by midnight Sunday 5th March 2017.
If you have more than one idea then you can enter as often as you like, so long as you complete all sections of the application form.
If you would like to talk to someone about the competition, or you have an idea you would like to discuss, then please get in touch with:
Margaret Tynan on ext: 5645 or send an e-mail to [email protected]
This competition is being run with the kind support of:
Our main sponsor, AIB bank (http://personal.aib.ie).
http://www.wit.ie/research/centres_and_groups/research_groups/business/centre_for_enterprise_development_regional_econom" target="_blank">The Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE) at WIT