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Hear the winning ideas from our Ideas Change the World Competition

Monday, 03 December 2018


What change can you bring to combat world issues? That was the question presented to Oxford Brookes University students. The result, nine innovative entries into the Ideas Change the World Competition.

We are all aware that problems are apparent throughout local and global communities. From education, health and the environment to homelessness and poverty. This unique contest gave students the opportunity to work on an idea that could make a real difference to the lives of those impacted by a certain matter. And with a £100 in Amazon vouchers up for grabs for each faculty that applied, the creative race was on.

The inspired submissions filled The Forum on 19th November as part of THRIVE Festival and the enterprising ideas were showcased for all to see.

Winning the hearts of the public vote, and a £50 Amazon voucher, International Law student Giulia Borsa, presented Palmcific; a project to help the lives of those suffering in destinations already under serious threat from climate change.

Highlighting the two low-lying countries of Tuvalu and Kiribati, destinations that are simply at risk of vanishing beneath the waves of the Pacific, Giulia’s submission explained that the rising level of sea water and salt-water intrusions here are endangering crops and drinking water. Furthermore, the increase in cases of malaria and the number of food and water-borne diseases in these locations can also be attributed to climate change.

Could Palmcific be the answer to providing valuable resources and employing residents in roles to develop sustainable products, so that the people who call Tuvalu and Kiribati home can live in dignity?

The team at Oxford Brookes Enterprise Support also assessed the applications from each faculty and crowned the following champions.

Krishna Samil, studying Applied Design in Architecture at the Technology, Design and Engineering School, wants to combat hunger and ill health due to lack of good food. ABC-E is the idea of installing solar powered refrigerators outside restaurants. Food that would otherwise be wasted could be stored so that hungry people lacking the funds to eat well could just help themselves.

Employee Workplace Wellbeing was presented by Kathryn Pickup, studying International Hospitality Management at the Business School. Recognising that mental health procedures are not given the same attention as physical health measures in the workplace, this consultancy idea of work-based wellbeing provides training and development, solely focused on mental health.

And finally, Silence Breaker is a solution to help young people and families cope when they find out a loved one has Dementia. Sau Tsui, studying Early Childhood Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, believes there is a lack of support offered for those affected by the increasing number of adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Although the disease is well known, there is still an issue as to how the families, young people and the patients themselves are coping with their everyday lives.

Other inventive ideas included Clean Up Oxford, a CV writing society for the homeless; Stretch It Out, a social space for stretching and breathing exercises for students suffering from stress; and Acosity, suggesting emergency medical supplies, to remote locations, could be delivered via drones.