In April we launched the #GetItDownOnPaper competition, offering the chance for one aspiring scientist to win a paid internship at Sharp Laboratories of Europe. The challenge was to come up with a solution to an everyday problem. Applicants were asked to put their proposal down on paper, take a photo of this and share it on Twitter.
Ten scientists at Sharp Labs, including director Ian Thompson, were charged with whittling down over 70 entries to a shortlist of three – no easy task considering the quality of the proposals. After much debate they have now agreed on three finalists:
ii) @ironyisakiller (SiobhánAndrews) Idea for portion control in the kitchen with ‘Chop-Syc’, an interactive chopping board
iii) @NJ_Cheetham (Nathan Cheetham): Active and passive, electricity free, chemical climate control
The scientists at Sharp Labs also chose 6 highly commended proposals:
ii) @zivigg (Silvia Gonzalez): Sustainable cooling system using water evaporation
iii) @ElMacLeod (Ellie MacLeod): A creative recipe app to reduce household food waste
iv) @RachelHK11 Rachel Keller: Micropayments to charity when dieting – lose a pound in weight, give a pound sterling to help feed a starving person.
v) @imamulhussein (ImamulHussein): Imamul entered over 20 times, here is one of his best: operating your PC cursor with the finger mouse.
vi) @iw28mo (Mo Filfil): Aiding the blind with the UTCH (Ultrasonic Triangulation Coded Helmet), removing the need for a cane.