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Barnet and Southgate College awarded 'Big Idea' Runner Up

Barnet and Southgate College awarded 'Big Idea' Runner Up

Barnet and Southgate College Business BTEC students came a close second in the London Metropolitan University's national innovation competition - the Big Idea 2018.

The team of four students invented an idea called 'Smart Sole' which they launched as a new type of wearable tech, the 'Smart Sole' is placed in your shoe and enables the user to calculate and track the number of steps they have taken and the impact of their exercise in a more accurate way. The Smart Sole also vibrates to notify users they need to increase the amount of steps taken to hit their target.

The Barnet and Southgate College team were up against 20 other colleges from across the UK in the final round of the Big Idea Challenge, after impressing judges with their original idea and business plan. The winning team was decided using a public online vote and announced on 26th April at a glittering ceremony at London?s Guildhall.

The winning team in the competition, run by London Metropolitan University Accelerator Enterprise scheme, will now receive the resources to make their product a reality, including free websites, business mentoring and internships. London Met's Big Idea Challenge invites college students with all types of ideas, not just business ideas to enter, from creative designers with new products, to business students who are on to the next big thing, to science students working on a research project that could help society or someone.

The Barnet and Southgate College business students - team Smart Sole - are pictured here left to right; Tom Barnes-Gosling, Kenan Murarrem, Matthew Hand and Luke Regan at the awards ceremony.

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