Undergraduate wins RSA How to Change the World Prize for WEEEFix concept
Congratulations to UCL EEE undergraduate student Vasco Henriques, who was part of the inter-disciplinary winning team from UCL for the RSA How to Change the World prize. Their team concept called WEEEFix is a university-based social enterprise utilising students' interest in technology to reduce the costs of repairing damaged electronic goods. They plan to set up a society within universities in which members can bring their faulty goods to technically interested students who are given the training and supervision required to fix them. This would, via a user friendly mobile app, provide a service for members of the public to repair their faulty goods for free and potentially in less time, subsequently reducing the volume of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) produced.
The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is a huge network of entrepreneurs, academics, policy makers, designers, manufacturers and more. The team will be awarded with a year's RSA fellowship and help to put the concept into action. They are due to give a short pitch on WEEEfix at an RSA Engage event on October 12th.
If you wish to attend this event, register at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rsa-engage-the-power-to-create-tickets-14940604751