Barbados’ National Innovation Competition Winner Announced: Bajan Mobile App earns attention

An Electrical and Computer Engineer with a passion for computer programming has designed the winning entry in the 2011/2012 National Innovation Competition.

The Clever Grocer, a hybrid software application, for both web and smart phones won Shannon Clarke, its Creator, the prestigious $75,000 award at a ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Saturday night. The programme is designed to mitigate the impact of the high cost-of-living by empowering consumers with knowledge. It is also designed to be merchant friendly, encouraging spending by giving supermarkets and other outlets an innovative method of reaching and communicating with customers. Mobile applications for the Clever Grocer are currently being developed for the popular Blackberry and Nokia mobile phones.

The second prize was awarded to a board game entitled World-o-Words created by Dr. Harold Gibbs, a Scientist with a fascination for words, who had entered the competition before but returned this year to cop one of the top prizes.

Senator the Honorable Haynesley Benn, Minister of Commerce and Trade, gave the feature address and presented Clarke with his prize.

Designed to reinforce the teaching of English in a fun way, this attractively designed board game, targeted to children 8 to 18 years old, has been under development for a few years now, and the current edition is actually a new and improved version of a concept previously submitted to the National Innovation Competition.

An educational system that uses popular culture to teach academic concepts by use of the social network media and a web content management system was the innovation that won the third place award in the National competition.

Created by the innovative team of Kelvin Lovell and Jason Cadogan both in their early thirties, the EGO Scholar Media system seeks to teach traditional subject matter with an emphasis on how those subjects impact life and the real world. The system seeks to supplement the traditional educational system and features media content such as music, dance, digital and traditional art, social networking, games, film, television, interactive 2D and 3D animations and demonstrations and other creative media.

National Council For Science And Technology

At the event, under the theme of ‘The Power of the Dream,” the remaining 5 semi finalists also collected certificates for their efforts.

The fourth place in the competition went to the pair of Cherie Pounder and Dwayne Squires for their Aeroponics Farm. The pair is in the process of setting up a unique farming operation based on the application of Renewable Energy for the aeroponic growth of specific crops including tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, chives and shallots.
Explaining the word aeroponics, the duo stated that it is a method of growing plants whereby the roots of the plants are suspended in the air and sprayed with a fine mist of soluble nutrients all aimed at producing greater volumes of crops in a smaller area and saving both water and land.

The Waste Game’ won Pamela Austin fifth prize in the competition for her environmental game designed to appeal to persons of all ages. This innovative board game produced on a cartoon style storyboard depicts animated characters engaged in various eco-friendly activities. It takes players on a stimulating journey of discovery that aims to show waste as a valuable asset.

With a strong background in Information Communications Technology, she has been able to develop this game to help people to think about their lifestyles and how this impacts on their environment by testing their knowledge on how to Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle.

The competition ran over an 18 month period when the public was invited to send in their innovative entries. This year over 100 entries were received and 10 chosen to go on to the semifinals stage. Those participants then went before a panel of judges for the various categories in which they had entered and 5 were chosen to move to the finals stage of the competition. There they had to prepare a prototype of the project and prepare a business proposal on which they were judged.

At the event, under the theme of ‘The Power of the Dream,” the remaining 5 semi finalists also collected certificates for their efforts. They were James Corbin, Miranda Fergus, Althea Gittens, John Philips and Kelvin Skeete.

Senator Haynesley Benn, Minister of Commerce and Trade, gave the feature address and presented Clarke with his prize.

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