24 Aug 2017
An engineering student’s project linking seismic monitoring to the Internet of Things won the student Pitch a Project competition last Friday.
Engineering student Ankit (Oyon) Chakraborty (pictured with Ara Head of Creative Industries Tom Rainey) won the Pitch a Project student competition at Ara Research Week.
The event, part of Research Week at Ara, required students to talk for three minutes about a current project. Ankit (Oyon) Chakraborty received first place for his topical EQ-related engineering project. Samantha Gauntlett (Music Arts) won second place for her project exploring the benefits of musicality for pre-school children and their parents. Kophie Hulsbosch (Art & Design) received third place for her work creating clothing items created from recycled textiles.
“The Pitch a Project student competition attracted very creative and innovative students,” Manager – Research, Dr Margaret Leonard said.
“Students gave a pitch highlighting the innovation and impact of their project. Topics ranged from using parasites to mitigate digestion problems such as gluten intolerance, to incorporating traditional forms of Māori music into contemporary music.”
The high standard posed a challenging test for the judges in choosing the winners, who were judged on technical content, the impact of the research, the clarity and logic of the presentation, originality and delivery.