Ahead of the main Summit, the Royal Academy of Engineering also hosted a Global Grand Challenges Summit Student Day, enabled by sponsorship from Microsoft©, on the 11th March 2013.
The prosperity of future generations will rely on unprecedented levels of inter-disciplinary and international cooperation to find solutions to global challenges. Whether the task be providing clean water for a soaring global population, or developing the resilience of our infrastructure to climate change, solutions will demand more than isolated efforts.
It is vital that the next generation of engineers thinks creatively and works collaboratively. The Global Grand Challenges Summit Student Day on 11th March 2013 was devised with an aim of providing a platform for this way of working – inspiring the brightest and best student minds from around the world to work together to develop their best ideas.
Using a highly interactive format, this student day event brought together 60 students from all over the globe to collectively put their minds to six of the Global Grand Challenges:
1. Provide Access to Clean Water
2. Restore and improve urban infrastructure
3. Advance health informatics
4. Secure cyberspace
5. Enhance virtual reality
6. Advance personalized learning
All student delegates (undergraduate and graduate) were challenged to bring their ideas to the table and work them into business concepts and deliver a presentation to a panel of Angel Investors – Professor Chris Wise, Co-Founder of Expedition Engineering, Dr Margaret Ann Craig, Chief Executive Officer at Clyde Biosciences, Professor Tony Hey, Vice president at Microsoft Research and Ian Shott, Managing Partner at Shott Trinova LLP.
The winning team went onto present their solution and business plan to the grand challenge of advance health informatics at the main Summit.
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