Once more we're very excited to formally announce our 2019 Rotary Innovation Competition.
It's now the 6th year that we will be running this hugely successful competition which encourages secondary school (or equivalent) youngsters from local schools and colleges* to come up with exciting, innovative ideas.
Last year's winners were an 'altruistic watch', a 'pivot' kitchen rest and an innovation 'bee bath'. In previous years we've had ideas including flashing toy boxes (to encourage young children to be tidy), a Swiss Army makeup kit, a way of opening public toilet doors without touching the handle, a sophisticated corrective writing device for disabled people, a simple way of getting the right angle for brushing your teeth, an automatic egg cleaner for poultry sheds and an amazing water-capture system for adventurous hikers.
This year the competition is supported by our Club, County Development Co Ltd, The Kentish Gazette, Canterbury Christchurch University and Clague Architects. There's a cash prize for the winner and two runners up:
- 1st prize: £300
- 2nd prize: £100
- 3rd prize: £50
All other presenters speaking at the final receive a book token and all finalists receive a certificate of participation. After the judging, all shortlisted participants and others attending the final will be given advice on ways of exploiting and protecting their ideas.
Brian Dobinson, who is the main organiser, says "It's a wonderful competition that truly encourages innovation among youngsters, which is why we continue to support it although it means a huge amount of work for us to contact and visit schools and organise and judge the competition. We've altered the rules slightly, but we look forward to receiving lots of interesting entries as we've done in the past!"
*For further information and details of eligibility please visit this page.
For our latest poster click here.
For news about last year's winners please click here.