Third Formers Win GCHQ 'Dragons' Den' Competition

Third Formers Win GCHQ 'Dragons' Den' Competition

A group of Third Formers has won the ​GFutures Gloucestershire Young Entrepreneurs’ Inter-Schools Competition with a design for a multifunctional helmet called the Helm-i. The group, consisting of Edward Ferris (3rd, NH), Anna Kuptsova (3rd, A), Gus Milton (3rd, Xt), Piers Morgan (3rd, Xt) and Duncan Pinchen (3rd, Xt), were selected to represent College at ​GCHQ following the ​Dragons' Den competition at College in October. In the last few weeks, they have been perfecting their pitch about their product, Helm-i. Helm-i is a multifunctional helmet for both sport and travel, for example by cyclists, motorcyclists, and skateboarders! It integrates with your phone to make calls, play music or give directions. It also uses a voice command system (such as Siri or Cortana) and can display various information, including GPS maps, on an interactive visor.

On arrival at GCHQ, they met their guide and found out that they had been drawn to go first. The team stood up confidently, handed out a detailed flier designed by Anna and then delivered a slick presentation covering target market, styles of marketing, costing, and future possible developments before dealing well with some tricky questions from the GCHQ staff. Once all the teams had finished, there was a talk from an employee about the changes in global technology and then the judges retired to discuss their thoughts. This gave the pupils a chance to wander around the GCHQ stands that highlighted their work on Cybercrime, combating international crime, languages, coding, and military hardware. Deputy Chief Technical Officer at GCHQ and the head judge said, "This is one of the most enjoyable things of the year I do because to see the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit of the youngsters makes me really optimistic for the future.” The teams were then called back into the main hall where the judges awarded third and second before announcing Cheltenham College as the winners! It was a well-deserved reward for a great deal of hard work.

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