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Engineers in Business Fellowship has supported Kingston University’s Bright Ideas entrepreneurial competition for three years. Bright Ideas is Kingston University’s annual entrepreneurial competition, open to all students across the university.

This year, engineering entries again came from both Postgraduate and Undergraduate cohorts. The competition attracted entrants from all three undergraduate programme areas: Aerospace, Mechanical, and Civil. For the first time, a substantial number of entries came from Computer Science. Students in their second year were encouraged to enter through their assessment process. Judges, including Sainsbury’s Management Fellows, listened to 14 pitches across two engineering categories, and awarded prizes in both categories.
Winner: Engineering Group 1 - David Prior Hope, Art & Design and Megan Hunt, BA Hons Graphic Design receiving their award from Sainsbury Management Fellow Ernest Poku - £1,000 Engineers in Business Prize

The team won first prize in this category for developing Velo2, pollution filtrating tyres that are capable of absorbing 105 tonnes of pollutants every year in London, which could prevent thousands of premature deaths.
Second Prize Winner: Engineering Group 1 - Lydia Barnes, MSc Mechatronic Systems receiving her award from Sainsbury Management Fellow Ernest Poku - £250 Engineers in Business Prize

Lydia Barnes came up with the of an Automated Sorting Waste Disposal Unit – the compact waste disposal unit would be capable of automatically sorting waste based on its material components.
Winner: Engineering Group 2 - Aerospace Engineering students from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing: Armaan Tahiri, Joseph Heslop, Ryan Horgan, Dan Ingram and Charlotte King - £1,000 Engineers in Business Prize

The team developed, KuRo II, a roving science vehicle built by students, for students.
Second Prize Winner: Engineering Group 2 - Muhammad Subratty, MEng Aerospace Engineering/Astronautics & Space; Hera Ahmad, BEng (Hons), Aerospace Engineering; Paula Dixon, BEng Hons Aerospace Engineering/Astronautics & Space receiving their prize from Sainsbury Management Follow, Georg Fowkes - £250 Engineers in Business Prize

The team's innovation is Halo, a sleek, modern portable fan with bladeless technology.