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Former student achieves success in The Telegraph UK STEM Awards

Former Neale-Wade student, Digby Chappell, and a university friend recently entered the Design category of the 2016 Telegraph STEM Awards competition

The Telegraph UK STEM Awards is a unique opportunity for the UK’s most talented and motivated undergraduates to present their world-changing ideas to industry movers and shakers – and potentially win £25,000 and a bespoke mentoring programme.

The national awards aim to inspire undergraduates to play their part in securing the country’s future as a leader in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Former Neale-Wade student, Digby Chappell, and a university friend recently entered the Design category of the 2016 Telegraph STEM Awards competition, which they won, and they are now through to the overall finals, competing with four other category winners.  They were featured in the Sunday Telegraph STEM Awards supplement on 1 May.

The brief was to propose an efficient, dynamic and interactive piece of technology that could replace a piece of human or fixed infrastructure in the built environment.

Their idea, which has been named ‘Civis’ is a data network and traffic management system, based on data acquired using upgraded street light heads.  The network is utilised via wireless communication between cars, street lights and traffic lights, using the visible light spectrum.  The idea is a complex one, but they produced a brilliant portfolio which helped them get as far as they have.  The design and presentation skills from Digby’s F1 days at Neale-Wade have clearly been a fantastic grounding.

Rachel Riley, from Countdown, was on the judging panel, and will be at the final awards ceremony in London on 16 June. 

We look forward to hearing how Digby and Jake get on in the finals, and wish them the very best of luck for the future!