Business Lab hosts i3 Summer Camp
AS a follow-up to its first annual i3 Innovation Competition, The Business Lab, hosted its first i3 Summer Camp for the top 10 finalists in the competition. It was hosted at the AZ Preston Hall, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, from August 8-11, 2012.
The main objective was to help the students develop their existing innovation ideas into working prototypes, through mentorships with lecturers, engineers and mentors from the University of the West Indies, University of Technology, Northern Caribbean University, the Scientific Research Council of Jamaica and others.
The camp featured workshops on the following areas: Business Development; Product/Prototype Development (practical workshops) and Legal Consultancy.
The teams were joined by inventors from the Spaldings High School, who won the JPS Science and Technology Fair in 2011 and Brown's Town High, who won the Caribbean Young Inventors and Innovators competition in 2009.
Valmo Wynter, of Scientific Research Council, and Dr Dwight Robinson, senior lecturer, University of the West Indies; assisted both teams with refining their existing products.
Winners of the i3 competition, Campion College, with their 'Order-Pro' idea was overseen by Maheshwar Boodraj, information systems manager, Mona School of Business.
McGrath High School's 'Triple Gear' all-girl team surprised their mentor, Bentley Brown of the HEART Trust/NTA, with their drive and passion. They got the opportunity to visit Brown's shoe workshop, where the learnt the basics of building a shoe and made their own.
'The Reliever Fan' team, also from McGrath, was paired with Nathan Henderson, Electronics Student, UWI.
Development of the Hydel Group of School's, 'Floor Sensor' was overseen by Andre Gordon, BSc, Electronics, UWI.
The 'Speed Control Navigation System', created by Papine High School was overseen by Jeremy Hall the Chairman of Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers, and Electronics Student, UWI.
The 'Car Web', as conceptualised by the young ladies of St Andrew High School for Girls, was developed by Conrod Bennett, instructor of engineering at the HEART Trust/NTA, who was assisted by one of his students, Travis Scott. Alfredo Martin, M Ed industrial mechanics, of the University of Technology, engineered their other entry, 'The Stationery Station'.
Alia Wedderburn of HEART School of Beauty assisted St Hugh's High School, to create their 'Deau Streaker'.
May Day High School's 'Barcode Trolley' and 'The Electricity Conservator' were developed by a team comprising Eric Hall, Engineer, Faculty of Pure and Applied Science and members from the Information Systems Department, NCU, including Keron Hayes and Romaine Carter.
Foga Road High School's 'Battery Powered Thermal Cup' was developed by Jason McGowan, electronics student, UWI while 'The G-Pen' was overseen by Conrod Bennett, Instructor of Engineering at the HEART Trust/NTA.
Orville Hicks, MSc Electronics, of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, spearheaded the team of Electronics students.
Valmo Wynter, scientist, Scientific Research Council, acted as the chief mentor to Spaldings High's Team with their 'Fish Scale Secret' invention, and Dr Dwight Robinson, senior lecturer, University of the West Indies, oversaw the process of refinement for Brown's Town's 'Caster Plant Molluscicide'.
The three days of activities, also featured workshops by Tiffany Johnson, director of marketing and communications, HEART Trust/NTA, Dr K'adamawe Kn'Ife; Leighton Davis, managing director, Creative Media and Events, Omar Spence, Scotia Group and Keachea Dixon of Gordon, Dixon and Company.
The camp helped the young inventors actualise their ideas and gave them a hands-on experience with what it would take to turn their inventions into marketable products.