The International Student Innovation Awards celebrates the work of London’s international students and provides some financial help to assist students in taking their innovation to the next stage of development. It was devised by London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company and is supported by the UK Government’s Education is GREAT campaign and the British Council, Cambridge English, IDP Education and The PIE.
Out of hundreds of entries, 15 entries were shortlisted. Last night, Luca Alessandrini, a postgraduate student at Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London won with his entry of a violin made out of a mixture of spider silk and resin. Other finalists’ ingenious entries included devices such as a shoe that uses street mapping to enable blind and partially sighted people to navigate busy streets, a device which stops the tremors in Parkinson sufferers and an app that allows you to control drones like waving a magic wand.
UKCISA president, Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea, was on the judging panel. He said:
“This initiative celebrates the very best of London – demonstrating the city is an inclusive place that welcomes business, craves innovation and is genuinely open to people from every part of the world.”
To read more about Luca’s design visit Imperial College London and to view information about the awards visit London & Partners website.