I was keen on the idea from the beginning, as I have always enjoyed science and maths so obviously an engineering project was right up my street, but after the initial first few weeks of planning our idea, the team (my friends Gabzy Till, Lauren Shea and I) were finding it quite difficult to come up with ideas that hadn’t already been created.
Coming up with an original idea was probably the hardest part of the journey; it is just really difficult to be on the cusp of an excellent idea to then suddenly realise that it already exists! However, our determination was rewarded: we reached an idea - the mShuttle. (If you are interested in what our product does, then please comment below and I will get back to you, unfortunately we are in the process of getting it patented- another exciting endeavour! - so I can’t share details at the moment).
We not only came away from the Awards with a 3D printed trophy that we won for Peoples’ Choice Award (my personal favourite because it meant that we were recognised by our peers) but also with a whole host of memories and contacts to use in the future. People like James May, who told us about the pros and cons of his new Apple Watch; Dr Christian Jessen from embarrassing bodies; Nimco Ali, an inspiring feminist and social activist; and the patron of TeenTech himself, HRH the Duke of York (a.k.a Prince Andrew). We were also met with inspiring ideas from students all over the UK, and it was pretty cool to see how other people had interpreted the rather vague briefs of the different categories.
A last thought to end on: at the Awards, we were all asked to write down what we thought the new slogan for TeenTech should be. I wrote down some poetic mumbo-jumbo about how TeenTech is a massive springboard for a whole host of ideas, but the one that was chosen is perfectly simple and should be regarded as a life motto for everyone seeking individuality- ‘think different’.