In 8th of march, in the school of Castelo de Paiva happened the most important moment of our meeting. During the prototype fair, the different schools explained what prototypes they have created and their original ideas. We did videos and presentation to show our proyect to the jury. The panel of jury integrated the host school headmistress, Mrs. Beatriz Silva; the awarded designer Miguel Neiva who is the creator and developer of the colorADD® Code, a sign code for helping color blind people to recognize colors through geometric shapes and color combination, whose app won the Accessibility category of the 2013 Vodafone Foundation Mobile For Good Europe Awards; Mrs. Bruna Nunes, a young entrepreneur who together with her team created Facestore that is a disseminating online platform, is the Co-founder and CMO of the platform Facestore; the engineer Rafael Moreira, a former student of the Portuguese school who has been successfully developing a company working with renewable sources of energy, Sundeals; and Mr. Jorge Oliveira, a representative and a connection to the European Union through the European Centre of Information known nationally as Centro de Informação Europe Direct do Tâmega e Sousa. The jury went from stand to stand to see high fidelity prototypes, the promotionals videos and hear the speeches. They asked questions to understand better the ideas; after that they went to decide the bests.
The projects were the following:
- The Spanish girls create an app that can improve the relationship between immigrants and locals. Through the app both can chat and socialize. This solves the problem of prejudice against immigrants.
- The Italian guys designed a theme park and an app that helps small villages to improve their economy.
- The Cypriots guys made an electronic chip to use in animals such as dogs and cats, so if they get lost they will be easily found which solves the problem of abandoned animals.
- The Polish guys did a board game (Just Good) to prevent macho attitudes in the schools.
- The Lithuanians create a label for clothes in braille for blind people to know the characteristics of the clothing.
- The Portuguese made a fantastic and original jacket for extreme temperatures.
We have learned a lot in this fair. It was very interesting and particular. It’s a new experience that will be unforgetable.
Alessandro Bonadeo, Arkadiusz Augusciak, Rafael Moreira,
Pietro Minelli, Rebecca Urkizu and Beatriz Ferreira