Engineering talent shines through at Thales Winners Day!
The team of three beat off stiff competition to prove to Thales, a global technology and engineering company, that their ideas on how to use enhanced technology to transform university learning were the most innovative and inspiring.
Teams from Sussex, Imperial College, Cardiff and Nottingham were invited from a pool of entries to take on the ‘dragons’ from Thales’s Training Solutions business after a series of preparation workshops facilitated by MyKindaCrowd, and expert mentoring from company representatives. Led by the Director of Thales Training Solutions Chris Borrill, the judging panel scored the teams on the feasibility of their concepts, as well as how convincingly they were able to pitch their ideas on the day.
The winning idea, ‘NottNet’, was an all-encompassing virtual learning environment working in sync with hi-tech desk surfaces with embedded note-taking screens. Other ideas included introducing 3D and gesture recognition equipment into lectures, and software to encourage online engagement with webinars and tutorials.
Entrants were even treated to an exclusive site tour of the Thales UK Secure Headquarters where they were able to witness a land and air demonstration training ‘scenario’, as well as walk on board a high-tech Full Flight Simulator (worth millions of pounds!) used to train hundreds of trainee pilots.
The winning team members will undertake a bespoke summer placement with Thales’s Training Solutions Business, where they will gain insight in to the operations of a major international business. The students can also look forward to developing skills in leading, managing and delivering complex programmes, and supporting Thales’s customers from civil driver training to preparing military forces for operations and contingencies.
Chris Borrill, Director of Thales Training Solutions, said “I was incredibly impressed with the standard of talent on show, which proved a very difficult challenge for the judging panel in determining a winner. We currently employ two of last year’s winners so who knows what the future holds for this year’s cohort.”
Rishi Sanghani, Team member from Nottingham University, said “The whole process from thinking of your idea right through to presenting it was enthralling. Whether you win or not, the most important thing is the experience and exposure you gain from it”.