Grand Challenge Winners Announced
13 June 2019
Ideas which could revolutionise the Construction Industry were received from all over the world for the 2019 COINS Grand Challenge, a global competition which hopes to uncover innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders whose ideas could improve the built environment.
After two days of intensive interviews, filming and presentations, a panel of 12 judges selected this year’s winners from 12 finalists who hailed from all over the world.. All were celebrated at a gala dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday, 12th June 2019 at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, UK.
Congratulations to all the outstanding finalists who brought their ideas and energy to the final judging event of the COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GALA DINNER AND AWARDS CEREMONY
THE WINNERS AND RUNNERS UP FOR 2019
Winner - Undergraduate Competition
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Idea: Soil quality analyser
Chathurangi’s soil-testing innovation is designed to be used on site, with the results fed into a smartphone. Chathurangi was also awarded the COINS Investment Prize, which goes to the entry that the judges consider to be the most promising business idea.
She comments: “I think my idea could revolutionize the construction industry because usually soil tests are performed in laboratories, but with my method they can be performed at the construction site. The ‘Soil Analyser’ could save both money and time for the construction companies. The COINS Investment Prize will help me to develop my idea further as it’s currently based on research. This has been the best experience of my life!”
Winner - Open Competition
CEO of Cambridge Carbon Capture Ltd, UK
Idea: Carbon Negative Building Materials
Michael’s climate-saving CO2LOC technology aims to reduce the embedded carbon in construction projects.
He explains: “We’re developing a technology that can capture CO2 and convert it into materials that can be used in the construction sector. Winning this award has been really fantastic for us as we’re at a stage in the development of our technology where we really need to get exposure to the construction sector, so that they can adopt some of the materials we’re using and take some risks in trying something new. Our CO2 lock technology can capture CO2in the form of magnesium carbonate, this can be used as a filler in construction materials as a direct replacement for gypsum.”
Runner Up - Undergraduate Competition
Kaushal Shetty (pictured) and Madhav Datt
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Idea: The Box – Helping refugees build a home and a community
Undergraduate Competition runners up are Kaushal Shetty (pictured below) and Madhav Datt with ‘The Box’, a sustainable emergency shelter for people displaced due to natural disasters or violence. Kaushal Shetty and Madhav Datt are both studying at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Watch this video to learn about their idea.
Runner Up - Open Competition
CEO and Founder of Aren, USA
Idea: Bringing Digital Twin Technology and Artificial Intelligence to the Asset Management Community
Ali Khaloo is the runner up for the Open Competition with his idea for bringing ‘Digital Twin Technology and Artificial Intelligence to the Asset Management Community’. Ali is the CEO and Founder of Aren, USA.
Watch this video to learn about his idea.
Winner - COINS Software Innovation Prize
The University of Edinburgh
Idea: Transforming Architecture Practice into Automation
Felix Chu, a student at The University of Edinburgh, aims to combine intelligent technologies to increase the efficiency of the architecture industry.
Jeremiah Valero Jr
University of San Carlos, Philippines
Idea: Computer Vision powered monitoring for onsite construction safety
Watch this video to learn more about his idea.