Posted on Thu, January 26, 2017

The Epping Forest College MAD Digital Challenge Competition Dragons’ Den Event

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Winners of MAD Digital Challenge Competition 2017 with the Dragons
Photo from left to right: Michael Pagalos, Saboohi Famili, Zac Grego, Brad Forsyth, Sarah Dunne and David Sullivan

The Epping Forest College MAD Digital Challenge Competition opened on November 2016 giving students and staff at EFC the opportunity to submit their ideas for using technology to improve the learning experience.

By the end of December 2016, we had twenty innovative ideas submitted for the competition. The best five ideas were shortlisted and their designers were invited to present their ideas to a panel of delegates from digital related industry in a Dragons Den event on 25th January 2017. The delegates were: David Sullivan — Business Manger at Bright Ideas Trust, @Bright_Ideas; Saboohi Famili CEO & Principal of Epping Forest College, @EppingForestCol; Sarah Dunne — Senior Co-design Manager at JISC, @sarahdjisc @Jisc and Michael Pagalos — Director of Insignia Group UK, @MichaelPagalos @INSIGNIAGROUPUK.

The project was hugely successful in generating a wealth of creative ideas. The candidates’ presentations focused on showing their consideration of the learning experience, user focus, practicality, convenience and having fun!

Each candidate gave a ten minute presentation to the judges and answered various questions about the ideas in depth. All candidates were given feedback and a certificate at the end of the event.

The five shortlisted projects were;

‘Interactive Student Card’ by Joshua Salandy
and Dovydas Tamasauskas (from Electrical Installation)

‘Pro Class’ by Akram RS (from Electrical Installation)

‘App to the Future’ by Brad Forsyth (from Media)

‘Interactive Information’ by Zac Grego (from Art and Design)

‘VR 360’ by Annisa Twomey, Billy Taylor, Cameron Turner, Christian Adeyemi, Dean Tebbani, Jadelyn Gatchalian and Sasha-Lee Kelly (from Health and Social Care and Electrical Installations)

The Dragons with shortlisted candidates

After much deliberation, the winner of the MAD Digital Challenge of 2017 went to Zac Grego’s ‘Interactive Information’ and Brad Forsyth’s ‘App to the Future’ as joint winners with the Judges seeing how the two ideas could be successfully combined.

Saboohi Famili, CEO and The Principal of Epping Forest College, congratulated all the participants:

“It has been very difficult to make decision, Thank you for all the effort you put in. I hope you enjoy the reward of £200 to spend, and I hope it will be spent developing further innovative ideas. You all are
winners and there are other candidates’ ideas we would like to develop further as marketing resources.”

The Principal also thanked the panels:

“We would like to put our hand together to thank the panels and thank Vikki Liogier, none of this would have happened without her.”

Sarah Dunne from JISC encouraged and offered support for the candidates, “I am aware of VR (virtual reality) are taking place, we have some VR experts in JISC if you would like the support.”

The final winning team(s) will be offered funding of up to £2000 to develop their ideas including accessing a package of tools, business support and advice from experts to complete the project in 6 month.

We would like to thank you all who participated in the EFC MAD digital challenge and after seeing the quality of this years entrants, we are very much looking forward to running it again next year.

Read more on the College’s MAD Digital Challenge website https://elevator.jisc.ac.uk/e/mad-digital-efc