Wadham app wins innovation prize

14th March 2019

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Light my way – an app conceived by a Wadham undergraduate team to help you find the safest way home – wins ‘Best Undergraduate Idea’ at the 2019 All-Innovate competition.

  • The winning Wadham team with judges

Odhran O'Donoghue (Medicine, 2016) describes his team’s winning app: “Walking through the streets alone can often be a scary experience, especially at night or in a new location. This app will route you through better lit streets and past places that are open 24/7, like hotels, so you never feel like you are alone." 

"We can also detect if you are in possible danger and provide easy ways of finding help. You will be able to share your location with your family and friends, so that they are aware of your expected arrival time.”

The app uses artificial intelligence and satellite-based support to help navigate you to your destination, in the safest way possible

Winning £5000, the Wadham team’s idea was selected by judges Riham Satti of MeVitae, Brent Hoberman of Founders Forum, Claire Davenport, ex CEO of HelloFresh and Matt Hutnell of Santander Universities.

Each of the ten teams selected to take part in the competition final had just five minutes to pitch their idea, followed by questions from the judging panel.

 “I’m delighted to have represented Wadham College in the 2019 All Innovate competition! We developed the project last year as part of the European Space Agency ActInSpace competition (where we were the UK champions!)”, said Odhran.

The Light my way project involves undergraduates from across the University with fellow team members, Anna Jungbluth (Physics, Wolfson), Robin Van Aeken (Economics and Management, Hertford), Amy Kao (Neuroscience, Wolfson), and Vid Kocijan (Computer Science, St Hugh's).

“Wadham's involvement in All-Innovate, launched by Oxford Foundry this year, is a great step forward, and I can't wait to see what the next year will bring for entrepreneurship here,” added Odhran.  

The overall winner of the £10,000 prize for the best idea in the All-Innovate contest was DECancer.AI, developed by a team from Jesus College. Their personalised diagnostic platform uses AI to detect early cancer through analysis of an affordable blood test, combined with personalised medical history of the patient, allowing early treatment and cure.

The Best Postgraduate Prize of £5,000 was awarded to ConflictScanner from Pembroke College, whose navigation app helps people, charities and businesses travel safely in conflict zones.

Oxford Foundry will be running the All-Innovate inter-college ideas competition again next academic year.

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