05 July 2012
Make it in Great Britain Challenge finalists unveiled
Business Minister Mark Prisk has announced the finalists of a nationwide competition to seek out the UK's next big pre-market products, processes and concepts.
Successful entries of the Make it in Great Britain Challenge include a new technology which could offer relief to tinnitus sufferers, an eco-friendly alternative to everyday cement that could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90%, and a pushchair that can be folded down to a 32 litre-size rucksack.
The finalists will showcase their creations on a weekly basis at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum in London, which will coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.
There are five entry categories, with one finalist from the 'Make it... Breakthrough' category, for 16 – 21 year olds, also having the chance to be crowned 'The People's Choice'. The decision lies entirely with the public and voting is now open.
"The UK is full of creative manufacturing expertise, and I'm delighted that we are able to celebrate some of the best pre-market ideas through the challenge," commented Prisk. "We've had a great response, and I'm particularly excited by some of the entries received in the Breakthrough category. I'd urge the public to get voting and tell us who they would like to receive the honour of being named the People's Choice."
Mark Champkins, the Science Museum's Inventor in Residence and one of the judges of the Make it in Great Britain Challenge, added: "I was very impressed with the level of innovation demonstrated by some of the young people who entered the Make it in Great Britain Challenge. I think it's great that creative youngsters are being given the opportunity to showcase their work at the Science Museum, and I hope that lots of people take part in the People's Choice vote to award one of the entries pride of place in the exhibition."
The winning entries will showcase alongside names such as Mars and McLaren, and leading small and medium businesses like Ultra Global in celebration of manufacturing.
Visitors to the six-week exhibition will be invited to vote on their favourite entry. The winners from each weekly vote will feature together in the final week of the exhibit.
To find out more about the finalists and to cast your vote for the People's Choice winner, visit the Make it in Great Britain website.
Department for Business Innovation & Skills
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