PRIESTLEY students have won the Barclays Tech Innovation Challenge – the second consecutive year a team from the college has scooped the top prize.
Jack Sigley and Sam Maher, both 17, and 16-year-olds Josh Furby and Mark Swift impressed senior staff from the bank with their innovative way to encourage people to give to charities.
“We certainly thought our idea was a good one, but some of the other presentations were slicker than ours,” said Mark, a former pupil at Future Tech Studio School.
“We had prepared better for questions than some of the other teams and were able to give really strong answers.”
Barclays had challenged North West schools and colleges to develop an alternative way for charities to receive donations.
The Priestley quartet presented their idea to a room full of their peers and Barclays staff at Radbroke Hall in Knutsford.
It centred around an adaptation to the Barclays app, which would allow users to donate odd amounts of change in their account directly to charities.
“Part of what we had to do was look at the experience our teams had and divide up jobs like designing the interface and producing the business plan,” said former Lymm High School pupil Josh.
Barclays awarded prizes for best presentation, best use of technology and the main honour of best overall idea, which went to Priestley.
Tutor Alasdair Reid said the experience of working with an international company had been invaluable for the college’s BTEC IT students.
“They get so much from it, not least the experience of presenting their idea on such a big stage to so many people,” he said.
“We’d like to thank our mentors from Barclays – Pamela Ward and Jim Pluck – and look forward to entering the competition again next year.”