After months of preparation and weeks of judging, we finally saw the culmination of this year’s Bright Ideas competition at last week’s celebration event!
We received a record number of competition entries this year, accumulating to 360 entries from 478 students! Prior to the final ceremony, entries were assessed by our voluntary judges, and a short-list was finalised at Trigger Weekend, where students were able to present their ideas to a panel of illustrious alumni. At the beginning of the day, students took part in an animated pitching workshop, where they were able to polish their pitches in case they were called to present in front of the audience. Nerves? There were a few!
Following the pitching workshop, entrants joined the guests and judges in the De Lissa hall for our awards ceremony – aside from a slight lack of balloons and a few hiccups with our slides, the event went swimmingly! Guest speaker, Jonathan Newman, founder of Chi, kicked off the evening with an inspiring talk about making your ideas a reality – in addition to some useful ‘top ten’ lists (which will be featured in future posts) Jonathan stressed the importance of visualisation in achieving success. Ask the universe for success and it will deliver!
Following Jonathan’s pep-talk we were excited to witness the prize giving – featuring handshakes, photography and two giant cheques! The lucky winners of our £250 prizes were Kester Olarewaju, Katie Cudmore, Josue Vivas Hernandez, Guilherme Beirao, Joshua Brown, and Michael Kerin. And the £1000 winners were Trevor Kerth, DuA Alsaadi, and two group entries, ‘Detour’ – Samriddhi Chakraborty, Irene Canuti, Felix Dornseifer, Min-Hsuan Liang, Olga Spasskaya and Sabbir Khan and ‘BeeBra’ – Laura Jones, Marie Holmerud, India Higson, Anastasia Olshanskaya, and Emilio Hernández Martínez. Congratulations to all! Profiles of the winners will be posted on BizBoard during the week, so keep your eyes peeled for insights into the winning ideas!
But it didn’t end there! We then embarked upon a technologically dubious mission to introduce our people’s choice. Each of our guests were given a clicker upon entering the De Lissa, and were asked to use the very clever little device to vote for their favourite finalist! Thanks to his confident and animated pitch, TrevoFr Kerth was chosen as the people’s choice with his idea for a portable keyboard that folds in-half – we look forward to seeing your next line of portable drums, Trevor!
Following the ceremony we all skipped over to the business school atrium for a networking reception with plenty of food and wine for all! There was even an impromptu rendition of ‘Let It Go’ to enjoy! Overall, the judges were delighted with the quality and the range of the entries, and they all spoke highly of the importance of this kind of competition for building leadership and employability skills.