Ten teams of Fleming College students have been recognized and awarded for creating unique and innovative solutions for real-world challenges as part of the college’s annual Innovation and Technology Showcase.
The projects are normally on display during a public event and judged by community partners and faculty members. Due to the physical distancing restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person competition was cancelled.
Despite the cancellation of all in-person events, students were able to virtually work with sponsors from industry and non-profit sectors to find innovative solutions to a business-or technology-related problem, according to a release from the college.
“The Innovation and Technology Showcase is an important networking event for our students to connect with industry partners and gain valuable hands-on experience that prepares them for the labour market,” stated college president Maureen Adamson.
“We were pleased that the Showcase could continue in a virtual format and thankful to Bell for providing a sponsorship of $10,000 toward prizes for the top 10 projects.”
Fleming’s School of Business and School of Trades and Technology students worked on their projects throughout the winter prior to the college moving to online and alternative format.
The students gained academic credit and on-the-job experience by undertaking these supervised applied projects. The project results provide new information, answer questions, contribute to planning and lay the groundwork for future innovations, the release states.
The Innovation and Technology Showcase prizes of $1,000 are being given to the top 10 teams of graduating students.
The winners include:
- GRB Promotions and Pilates on Demand by Sydney Blake, Natlie Hubbs and Angela Lescault, sponsored by GRB Promotions and Pilates on Demand. Promoting a two-day music festival Lost in a Little Town for GRB Promotions through social media, and creating a student discount campaign for Pilates on Demand.
- Amico Companion Finder by Navjosh Singh Pannu, Ramandeep Kaur and Rashi Gupta, self-sponsored. Created a platform to meet people of similar interests to participate in activities together such as sports, travel, movies, cultural events, outings and adventure, etc.
- Launching Childcare Services at Fleming College by Prachi Dhirenbhai Shah, Het Bakul Desai, Qaiz Aziz Babwani and Simran Arora, sponsored by Early Childhood Education at Fleming College. Assess market needs and develop a business plan to launch Childcare Services at Fleming College.
- Refillable Marker by Prabhjyot Singh, Arun Sharma, Alisha Khurana and Navrojpreet Kaur, self-sponsored. Creation of a refillable marker prototype to help reduce the plastic waste from the disposal of single-use markers.
- Geofencing by Vignesh Manavalan, Prithleen Kaur, Lakhvir Kaur and Harpreet Kaur, self-sponsored. Exploring Geofence technology and application through digital marketing, with a focus on making recommendations for Fleming College to attract International students.
- BB8 Look-a-Like by Cole Miller and Kirk Patrick, sponsored by the Fleming School of Trades and Technology. The project will deliver a smart robot that will follow colour and answer questions.
- Cow Milking Simulator Mobile Exhibit by Harpreet Singh Mann, Vivek Panikkar and Dheeraj Chandra Bahunuthula, sponsored by Jason Jackson, Dairy Farmers of Ontario. Updating features on a Cow Milking Simulator and created an interactive website and app to educate visitors on dairy farming in Ontario.
- Fleming College Dinosaur Display by BhargaviAmmineni, Mounica Darshanala, Jagadeesh Gadde, AnmolDharmajan and XuanQuyetThang Le, sponsored by Darryl Madussi, Fleming College. Created a game app to animate a dinosaur display on showcase during the Trades and Technology programs at Fleming College.
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- Fleming College Applied Projects Showcase App by Lakshmi Nukala, LakshmiKrishnaRanganayakulu Jasti and Aditya Bethi, sponsored by Alwyn Appiah, Fleming College. Development of a web platform to move away from paper management during judging of applied projects for the Showcase, using two rounds of judging to select winners in two categories.
- Whitebulb Production Company Biiloq Baby Games by Manpreet Kaur, Ankush Kumar, Balwinder Kaur and Simran Simran, sponsored by Michael Morritt, Biiloq Enterprises. Biiloq Baby Games are a series of very simple, graphically-rich Android-based apps for young children. Their purpose is to encourage hand-eye coordination and motor skill development, as well as musical sensibilities and humour.