Business Minister Mark Prisk has announced the finalists of the Make it in Great Britain Challenge. The finalists will showcase their creations on a weekly basis at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum in London.
Visitors to the six-week exhibition will be invited to vote on their favourite entry. The winners from each weekly vote will feature together in the final week of the exhibit.
Business Minister Mark Prisk said: “We’ve had a great response, and I’m particularly excited by some of the entries received in the Breakthrough category. I’d urge the public to get voting and tell us who they would like to receive the honour of being named the People’s Choice.”
The winning entries will showcase alongside names such as Mars and McLaren, and leading small and medium businesses like Ultra Global in celebration of manufacturing.
Make it in Great Britain Challenge categories are:
• Make it…Stronger
• Make it…Smarter
• Make it…Sustainable
• Make it…Life changing, and
• Make it…Breakthrough (for 16-21 year old entrants only)
The finalists include:
Steve Costin, Simon Beck, Usman Iqbal and Emily Cheeseman – Inviso (Rochester, Kent). Inviso is a device designed by four BAE Systems apprentices to give a greater field of vision to paralysed or injured servicemen.
Andrew Drennan – LoadSCAN (Rotherham, Yorkshire). LoadSCAN is an ultrasonic load monitoring technology for the civil and structural engineering industry.
Stan Ceney – TenCon (Wolverhampton, Staffordshire). TenCon is a load indicating, tension controlled washer used for clamping bolted joints correctly.
Stefan Karp – A Chain of Thought (Rushden, Northamptonshire). This roller chain is made entirely from suitable polymers, employing only two different components.
Martin Day – Carclo Diagnostic Solutions (CDS) (London). A range of disposable, self-contained medical devices, known as Micropoc. The aim is that these medical tests will be used in non-laboratory locations.
Tas Gohir – Tinnitus relief (Leicester, Leicestershire). A new technology that aims to provide periodic respite for sufferers of Tinnitus.
Dan Aris – Libralato Rotary Engine (Manchester). The makers believe that the Libralato rotary engine will become the most efficient compact petrol engine in the world and that it could reduce average road vehicle fuel consumption by two thirds and CO2 by half.
Dr Scott Brown, Nexeon – Lithium Ion Battery (Abingdon, Oxfordshire). Nexeon’s new lithium-ion battery technology replaces the carbon material conventionally used in the cell anode with silicon, for a more efficient rechargeable battery.
To find out more about the finalists and to cast your vote for the People’s Choice winner, visit the Make it in Great Britain website.