More than 90 students took part in the third bi-communal innovation camp last week.
“The innovation camp is aimed at encouraging young people to use their skills in enterprising and innovative ways, fostering their employability and entrepreneurial flair in the process,” organisers Junior Achievement (JA) Cyprus said in a press release.
This year 93 Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot students aged between 15 and 18 from private high schools in Cyprus participated in the event at the University of Nicosia on November 4.
In groups of four to five, students attempted to provide a solution to a business challenge revealed to them the same day. The challenge, which focused on social entrepreneurship, requested students to propose an innovative product, service or a solution that would address a specific social issue in Cyprus and to create a positive impact on society.
Students had only a few hours at their disposal to work together with other students they had not met before, and to arrive at an innovative solution that could be applied in the case of Cyprus. At the end of the day, all teams presented their proposals (products / services / innovations) to a panel of experts who decided on the winners.
The first prize was awarded for ‘biohome’, a small, low-cost wind turbine that can generate 3-5 kW hours of electricity daily, which is the average amount needed for a residence. Two Greek Cypriots together with two Turkish Cypriots won the second prize for proposing a not-for-profit movement in the form of a website that aims to inform people and promote the social equality of people of different sexualities in Cyprus, ‘www.LGBTCyprus.org’. The third prize went to a team for suggesting an emissions control device that converts toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gas to less toxic pollutants by catalyzing a redox reaction.
The winning team will take part in an international student programme next summer, while the second and third place received gift vouchers from Cyta.
JA Cyprus (www.jacyprus.org) is a member of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, a global non-profit organization specialised in youth entrepreneurship education that aims in equipping young people with entrepreneurial, financial literacy and work readiness skills.