Campus study space innovation wins Red Bull Basement University

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Canadian duo come out on top in Berlin from 16 original countries this year.

Canadians Anna Pogossyan and Temirlan Toktabek had the winning idea at Red Bull Basement University in Berlin, which drew from 16 countries, 300 universities and over 80,000 votes. Here is all you need to know:

– Red Bull Basement University is a platform for students to challenge the status quo and co-create to drive change on campus through technology.

– Each team was invited to upload a 60-second video of their idea aimed at improving student life and solving challenges in society through technology.

– October voting cut down the list to 16 finalists, which was whittled down further to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, Chile, Germany and Canada.

– After four days of inspirational workshops, lectures, mentorship sessions and other activities, the event wrapped up in a final pitching competition.

– Pogossyan and Toktabek’s idea Vacant enables students to get real-time information on study space availability using motion-sensitive sensors fitted under desks that feed into apps and campus displays.

– Pogossyan said, “I’m overwhelmed, tired and very happy” while Toktabek added, “I was confident we would make top five but no further than that.”

– The team’s next moves are to meet with universities in Canada to run their first pilot and work out on the technicalities of the prototypes.

– German duo Mark Dinkel and Leonard Kracik picked up the Audi Vorsprung Award (sponsored by the official global partner AUDI AG) with their innovation UniVote, which enables students to vote in elections and day-to-day issues on campus at the click of a smartphone.

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