TfL innovate Schools Challenge

03 March 2017

First year Engineering students, Alex Hilton, Heewa Marouf, Rudolph Musa and Rojhat Dere are celebrating being shortlisted a place in the Transport for London Innovate Schools Challenge Finale at the prestigious Institute of Mechanical Engineering in March 2017.

Out of 1,200 applicants across the UK, City and Islington College students are down to the final four groups.


The Innovate challenge asks groups of young people in Years 12 and 13 to work together to come up with an innovative solution to a real TfL challenge.

Supported by TfL and the college, students were asked to work in groups of between 4 & 8 to:

  • Attend 4 workshops delivered by the Work Experience Officer covering; Market Research; Finance Teams & Engineering Innovations; Advert & Concept Design and Presentations.
  • Produce a filmed presentation in college (up to five minutes) with all team members contributing. The presentation had to include a PowerPoint with students presenting to camera.
  • Produce a 30 second 'advert' for their innovation
  • Produce a design of their innovation in any chosen medium: physical model, computer aided design model, technical picture or an artistic impression


In January, the finalists were announced and shortlisted to attend the final event in central London with senior TfL staff, stakeholders and suppliers and this March, all the finalists' presentations, adverts and designs will be showcased and the teams will answer questions from the TfL panel and supply chain experts before a winner is chosen.


Engineering Lecturer, Ian Donnelly said: “I think it’s excellent. The students are very deserving.”


Work Experience Officer, Siobhan Walker said: “The students showed commitment during workshops and I am very proud of their achievements. We are looking forward to March and wish the students the best of luck in the final.”

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