A team of Northwood College Sixth Formers won a competition through their innovative work.
Transport for London’s (TFL) annual ‘Innovate TfL’ competition invites young people to devise innovative solutions to real TfL challenges and offers the chance to win exciting prizes, including the opportunity for work experience at TfL.
A group of five Northwood College Sixth Formers, who named themselves ‘Mind the Girls’, spent 10 weeks preparing their Innovate TfL submission which introduces an ingenious fob device for wheelchairs users.
The traveler can activate the device when they arrive at a bus stop to alert the bus driver of the nearest bus, who in return can activate a message in the bus for passengers and pushchair users to create space for the wheelchair user.
Innovate TfL asked teams to submit a videoed presentation to introduce their idea, a concept design and product advert. Northwood College’s team, consisting of Anna Grenz, Daivi Shah, Jasreen Chadha, Priyanka Vithlani and Tanya Rangi, submitted their entry and were absolutely delighted to hear that they had been selected to attend the final event in Central London last month.
The team of 16 and 17-year-olds confidently presented to a panel of senior TfL staff, stakeholders and suppliers and were delighted to be awarded first prize.
Each winner was presented with a tablet computer and Michelle Dix, director of Crossrail 2 and Claire Mann, director of buses, are now going to co-sponsor the innovation and the girls are very much looking forward to their work experience at TfL in July.
Tanya and Daivi said: “On finding out that we had won the contest, we were elated by the fact that TfL are going to take our idea forward! The event was incredible and we were able to shake hands with the man who was responsible for the implementation of the Oyster card system.”
“We are all looking forward to our work experience, which will include insight sessions on topics ranging from marketing to engineering, and at least three days shadowing one area. We have also been awarded employability support, including CV and interview support, so are extremely grateful to TfL.”