First-year student James Coleman takes home Grand Prize in Dragon’s Den-style competition
The Faculty of Environment celebrated great ideas in environmental innovation at the 2013 Jack Rosen Memorial Award Reception and Pitch event. The competition called on any students in the Faculty of Environment with an innovative idea for a product, process, program or service to prevent, mitigate or solve an environmental problem to create and submit an electronic poster describing their unique solution. In total, creators of the top ten entries were invited to ‘pitch’ their idea Dragon’s Den-style for a chance to walk away with the $1,000 Grand Prize, a $500 People’s Choice award, and two honourable mentions worth $500 each.
While all ten presenters did a great job showcasing their ideas to a panel of judges which included Jean Andrey, Linda Carson and Brett Shellhammer, it was School of Planning student James Coleman who took the top honor with his idea, SunRays. Coleman’s proposal is to install low-cost materials in existing buildings which can easily capture the light of the sun and distribute that same light to dark window-less spaces via fibre-optic cable.
Second-year Geography and Environmental Management student Christina Kong took home the $500 People’s choice award for her Waste Bag idea. Submissions by Maren Pauly and the team of Marcus Yaeger and Kevin Magnan all received honourable mention from the judges.
Click here for a slideshow of the top ten submissions.