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Student Innovation Award 2017

July 18, 2017

Students at SAIT are leading the next generation of innovators and socially responsible entrepreneurs, and they've got the videos to prove it.

Each year, the Student Project Showcase brings students together across campus to show off their capstone projects in applied research. Instructors from all SAIT schools are invited to nominate the top projects from their programs to compete for a Student Innovation Award, worth $1500 and most importantly - bragging rights.

The projects over the years have been built to impress, and this year is no exception. From Dragons-Den-worthy business pitches and corporate social responsibility to Architectural Design and First Nations infrastructure, these students prove they are in it to win it.

Stuart Merrett, Mackenzie Garvin and Leon Tsui say the biggest lesson they learned was to persevere in the face of frustration and setbacks. The trio is nominated for their design of an interpretive centre in North Glenmore Park. 
"We struggled for a long time to find a design that fits both the client's program and the context of the park," says group spokesperson, Stuart Merrett. "We played around with many ideas and finally came to a solution that we think excelled at achieving both."

Each project is reviewed by a panel of judges in combination with public online voting, which accounts for 25 per cent of the team's total score. The top two teams are declared victorious.

Also nominated for their work on the North Glenmore Park interpretive centre, Cara Molnar, Hayden Daniels and Joe Moolman say that although it was theoretical, as a public project they took their responsibility to taxpayers to heart. 

"It was really important to us to create a space that could be enjoyed by a wide range of people throughout the year," says Cara Molnar, spokesperson for the group. "We made a concerted effort to make the outside of the building just as appealing and usable at the inside."

The two groups, both from the Architectural Design program, were quick to acknowledge their instructor, Janos Dvorzsak, without whom they say their projects would not have been as successful.

Other nominees include an innovative spin on the classic duvet, a social enterprising restaurant concept for newcomers to Canada, and a not-for-profit First Nations infrastructure venture.   

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