Fourteen teams at Queen’s University competed for its Hult Prize last month with the winning team now preparing to participate at the regional competition in Dubai.
The November 25th competition featured teams made up of three or four Queen’s undergraduate and master students who were tasked with developing a business idea capable of improving the lives of 10 million people by harnessing the power of energy.
A wide variety of imaginative plans were pitched by the competitors, with the winning team proposing a temperature controlled method of transporting vaccines, harnessing the power of energy. Their product is called “Cool Cube” and will help the millions in Africa dying from easily curable diseases due to vaccines spoiling from current methods of vaccine transportation.
The winning team for Queen’s University includes Karina Bland (Team Captain), Leigh-Anne Mcknight, Mitch Sadler, and James Hantho.
The Hult Prize Committee (below), are Chuyue Jing, Event Coordinator; Jessica Arthur, Logistics Coordinator; Arielle Gagnon, Logistics Coordinator; Ryker Richard, Campus Director; Copeland Lucas, Assistant Director and Teams Coordinator; and Andrew Greenan, Assistant Director and Marketing Coordinator.
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The judges were Pavel Garymason, the Executive Director of Sustainable Kingston, Ana Da Silva, a Professor at Queen’s University, Ryan Thompson, Owners of YGk Marketing, Melanie Robb, Program Manager at Queen’s Innovation Centre, and David Carnegie, Senior Consultant/Partner at Malroz Engineering Inc.
All teams who succeed in first round competitions get to choose where they will compete in the regionals, selecting from 15 locations that include Singapore and San Francisco. “Cool Cube” has chosen to travel to the regional competition at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The team believes their product technology could be useful in that region and expressed a personal fascination with the city of Dubai.
Moving forward, the team is most excited about actually implementing their technology. They have already started to work on creating the product and securing development partners. They have received immense support from faculty members, as well as other Engineers in similar fields.
Photo (winning team): Provided