OVER 100 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COMPETE IN THE SECOND ANNUAL “CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION CHALLENGE”
On 16 November 2012, the second CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION CHALLENGE in Cyprus took place at the University of Nicosia. The Challenge is an international project of Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise Europe (JA-YE Europe), aimed at encouraging young people to use their skills in enterprising and innovative ways, ultimately increasing their employability and entrepreneurial flair.
The competition was attended by 117 students, aged 15-18, from Lyceums and Technical Schools from all over Cyprus, accompanied by their teachers. In groups of 5-6 persons (total of 22 teams), the students were asked to find the answer to a business challenge unveiled to them on the same day. The challenge, which focused on the current economic crisis, required the students to suggest a product or service that they could develop that would not only create jobs for other young people, but help to establish Cyprus as a great example of how to get rid of the label “crisis country.”
Students had only a few hours to learn to work as a team with other students they had not met before, and to collectively shape their ideas in order to propose an innovative solution that would impress the jury. At the end of the day, all teams presented their solutions (products/services/innovations) in front of a panel of experts, consisting of representatives from the University of Nicosia, Hellenic Bank, Microsoft Cyprus, Bionic, Cyprus Trading Corporation (CTC) and Wadja Media Limited. The presentations and jury questions which followed were in English.
The winners of the second Cyprus “Creativity and Innovation Challenge” are:
1st prize: “Unique Fashionable Cheap Clothes (UFCC)” The team consisted of: Andreas Tsiartas (Lyceum Olympion, Nicosia), Constantinos Efstathiou (Lyceum A Ethnarxi Makariou III, Paphos), Constantina Photiadou (Lyceum Idaliou, Nicosia), Chrysostomos Charalambous (Lyceum Livadion, Larnaca) and Angeliki Christodoulou (Lyceum Ayiou Charalambous Embas, Paphos)
2nd prize: “CyJobOpportunities.com” The team consisted of: Marios Charalambous (Lyceum Idaliou, Nicosia) , Natasha Christoforou (Lyceum Livadion, Larnaca), Stylianos Milisavlievits (Lyceum Laniteio B. Limassol), Xenios Herodotou (Lyceum Ayiou Charalambous Embas, Paphos) and Grace Panteli (Terra Santa, Nicosia)
3rd prize: “Pomegranate: The New Diamond” The team consisted of: Markos P Merkouris (Lyceum Arch. Makariou III, Nicosia), Maria Pelivanide (Lyceum Makariou III, Larnaca), Maria Andreou (Lyceum Soleas, Nicosia), Anna Prodromou (Lyceum Laniteio A, Limassol) and Savvas Touloupis (Larnaca Technical School)
The Director of Secondary Education, Dr. Zena Poulli awarded the first prize to the winning team. The prizes, offered by Bionic, consisted of multifunctional devices (3rd place), digital cameras (2nd place) and touch-screen Internet tablets (1st place) which were provided to each member of the three winning teams.
The Cyprus event took place thanks to sponsorship from the University of Nicosia, Hellenic Bank, Microsoft Cyprus, Bionic and JCC Payments, under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
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