RES Appretice 2016
Round 2 - IBM Hursley, Winchester, Hampshire
On Wednesday 18th the 8 remaining RES Appretices visited IBM’s Emerging Technology Centre in Hursley, Hampshire to face the 2nd round of this competition.
Welcomed by Paul Archer, Big Data Business Development Manager, students were given a tour of the Emerging Technologies Lab and showed some of the latest technologies that IBM were working on. Students were also introduced to Watson Analytics which students found out is a smart data discovery service available on the cloud. It guides data exploration, automates predictive analytics and enables effortless dashboard and infographic creation. Students were then given the Task for this round and working in pairs they started discussing their ideas.
Having been shown a range of the emerging technologies that IBM are currently working on as well as some that are already in place in shops and homes, students were to come up with and then present an alternative potential market or selection of businesses that one of the technologies could then be sold to and ultimately stand the best chance of success. Students were to be judged on a number of key areas so their presentations would have to be clear in their explanations. They would need to consider how good their ideas are, how realistic it is in relation to the market, if there is a potential for it and how well they would sell their idea to the judges.
Students had the weekend until Paul Archer was to return to Rydens School to judge their ideas. On Monday students worked in their pairs on finalising their presentations.
First team up to present was Hamzah Rasheed & Hayden Wood – Their idea was the use of a CO2 monitor which would be placed in care homes and hospitals which would be worked independently from a smart phone or smart watch. This would enable the levels of CO2 to be monitored carefully in these areas. They had the idea of also using Vision goggles for children that had difficulty moving their necks to help them see the world they live in.
Team two was Alex Drummond & Tom Blunden - Their idea was aimed at the elderly and with the use of ‘Sphero’ (Computerised robot) as a health assistant in hopsitals saving the time of a nurse. The Sphero would be able to monitor the person, pick up on any irregular habits, monitor blood pressure etc and this would be reported back to the doctor. They felt this would be invaluable to those patients needing monitoring over 24 hours.
Team 3’s idea was presented by Owen Nicholls & Liam Sewell - They had researched the use of sensors to turn controls in your home on and off. These could be fitted to CO2 sensors, Wi-fi, central heating and there would be a central control hub. They felt this would be invaluable to many householders and they had found out that on average £86 each year is wasted on electrical items left on standby.
Team 4 was Rhys Marshall & Alice Bryant - The Occulus Rift - The idea was to use the mind operated headgear to help trainee surgeons or University students to perform virtual surgery. Their aim being to increase the percentage chance of patients survival as new techniques could be constantly and safely practiced.
Paul gave invaluable feedback to each of the teams, looked into whether it was a viable idea as well as the costs involved, whether their idea was innovative and the teams overall presentation. Three teams were put through to the 3rd with one team being fired today. Unfortunately we lose Rhys & Alice from this round.
A huge well done to all students who put themselves forward to take part in this competition and good luck to those going through to the next round which will take place on the 8th December at The Bingham Hotel, Richmond.
For information about being involved with The Apprentice Competition please contact Sarah Maton - Deputy Head of Claremont House and Business & Enterprise Co-ordinator on either 01932 242994 X361 or email