Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Phone charge booster idea wins UC entre business competition

Phone charge booster idea wins UC entre business competition

April 3, 2013

University of Canterbury honours engineering student Jordie Simmonds has won a competition that encourages UC students to share their business ideas.

The annual Napkin challenge, which is part of UC’s innovative entre programme run by students to educate students in business development, requires students to submit their business ideas on a small paper napkin.

Simmonds’ idea was to produce a cellphone charger so someone with a flat phone battery could recharge it with someone else’s phone using the piggyback battery booster.

"My idea of the i-Sung charger has potential to become a useful gadget to have on a key ring. I'm just not sure if it's actually possible for power to go out of a smart phone. I haven't got that far yet. But anything is possible.

"This was an exciting competition and I plan to use my engineering degree overseas somewhere. The Engineering Without Borders projects pretty much fit what I want to do in another foreign country.

"My i-Sung charger would transfer battery percentage from one live phone to a dead phone using two retractable wires, adaptable for any smart phone. It would be super handy if people are out and about and their phone dies but need to use a phone urgently.

"It could be the world’s first charger that doesn't use a powerpoint plug or computer, but essentially turning almost every smart phone into a possible charger.

"The charger would revolutionise the Samsung and iPhone rivalry as we can now not only be friends, but help each other out, one dead battery at a time."

Other awards included Most Feasible which went to another engineering honours student, Tim Williams, who came up with an edible popsicle stick.

The most innovative idea was awarded to Timofy Ilin, for a system to transport pet turtles while the funniest idea award went to Lauren Lines who showed a way to decrease lift congestion by giving cookies to people who chose to walk instead of taking the lift.

Most Beneficial to Students award went to second year engineering honours student Elizabeth Wright who produced a campus playground on C Block lawn including a massive ball pit.

The Napkin Challenge judged by UC Innovators’ Dr Rachel Wright, Christchurch Polytech’s Dr Juan Pellegrino and UC Students’ Association President Sarah Platt, is the first of many competitions in the annual entre programme.

Later this year students will compete for $75,000 worth of prizes in the annual $75k Challenge.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Law Society: Sir Peter Williams QC, 1934 - 2015

“Sir Peter was an exceptional advocate. He had the ability to put the defence case for his clients with powerful oratory. His passion shone through in everything he did and said.” Mr Moore says Sir Peter’s lifelong commitment to prison reform was instrumental in ensuring prison conditions and the rights of prisoners were brought to public attention. More>>

ALSO:

CTU: Peter Conway – Family Statement

Peter committed his whole working life to improving the lives of working people, both in unions and, more recently, as the Economist and Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions. He was previously Chair of Oxfam New Zealand and was on the Board of NZ Trade and Enterprise. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news