We are extremely proud to announce Anna, Margot, Rene, Eliza and Poppy from 9M and Emma from 9T are part of the first ever V&A Innovate National Schools Challenge winners!
The judging panel selecting finalists included chef Monica Galetti, Brompton Bicycles COO Paul Williams, sustainable fashion designer Phoebe English, and V&A Director of Learning and National Programmes Helen Charman.
The V&A’s Innovate competition challenges young people to be the change makers the world needs. 3000 pupils (125 schools) from all over the country took part. Teams worked on design solutions to real world problems from a choice of three contextual challenges – Eat, Go or Wear – asking critical questions about the issues shaping our world.
DTs team of six innovative CSG girls won the category ‘GO’ which examined how we can better support the movement of people, things and ideas. The girls developed their concept over a series of lunchtime and after school clubs, and were highly praised by the judges for their thoughtful, well-researched, and innovative product. The following extract from their eloquently delivered pitch gives you a little insight into their winning idea: “Our aim was to design a product that could ensure safety for young people traveling alone. Targeted at young women, our product, unlike other wearable products, shows you the safest route to your destination. One of the main components of our design is the wide wrap around screen that allows a larger and more detailed map to display the safest route to travel, using data such as crime rates, lighting, density and traffic speed. The route mapper uses data from police databases to see the location of past crimes and ensures you avoid dangerous areas. This can be accessed without drawing attention to the fact that you are using a map” (the girls identified that using a smartphone increases the vulnerability of Google map users).
At the Pitching & Awards Day Paul Williams, COO of Brompton Bicycles, was the main judge for this category and commended the girls on their extensive market and user research as well as detailed, explorative design prototyping. During the initial judging Masterchef judge Monica Galetti said she would like to give one to everyone she works with on late shifts at her restaurant! In fact, all agreed the girls were really impressive and the market viability and beneficial potential of the design solution made the team well deserved winners!
The girls pitch their idea to the judges and an audience of finalists at the V&A.