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Celebrating creativity at Made@City 2018

From electric bikes to virtual reality simulators, the end of year exhibition, Made@City opens a whole world of student creativity.

by Matthew Little (Communications Officer)

Marking its sixth instalment, the annual display showcases and celebrates the best final year and postgraduate student projects involving innovation, technology and design.

With 14 businesses and projects on display, visitors were treated to some of City’s brightest ideas, including tech rental marketplaces, tennis ball machines and virtual reality headsets.

During the exhibition, visitors were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite display, with the winning project earing a £1,000 prize and the two runners up winning £500 each.

Third year student, Farah Mohamed, (BSc Optometry), took home The Made@City 2018 winners’ medal, for her project, Empathy by Simulated Practice in Optometry.

Farah’s project allows optometry students to see the world through their patients’ eyes, using virtual reality spectacles which prevents participant from using their vision effectively.

Farah said: “This project connects both the clinical and social side of optometry as students will better understand sight loss by experiencing it, rather than just reading about it.

“I am so happy that this project has been recognised, as it is more than just a tool for optometry students, it can be used to raise awareness and show normal people how to provide support to their family members who may be experiencing sight loss.

“The optometry course at City allows you to form relationships with your patients and follow their journey – we could not have got to this stage of our research without those connections.

“This award will give us a great boost in continuing our research, but I hope that this can encourage more optometry students to start using virtual reality tools. There is a lack of simulated practice research in optometry, but after tonight we are one step closer to changing that.”

Winning the runner up prizes were Aleksander Krupa, (BSc Engineering), with his smart phone controlled tennis ball machine and Ana Cueva, Pamela Grundel, Andrew Haynes and Pascal Rota, (MSc Innovation, Creativity and Leadership), of V-Arena, a virtual reality headset which allows handball players to train without needing to be in a sports-hall.

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