Posted on 19 March 2019
We had an amazing 95 entries for the competition which were painstakingly whittled down to 5 by our shortlisting panel for the Final Event.
A huge congratulations to the winning entrants, Yuveer and Daniel with their Deskmate app, which aims to help students find available seats in the Library. They won £1,000 between them and were awarded the title of ‘Library Innovators 2019’. We’ll now work with Yuveer and Daniel to take forward their winning idea, and we are reviewing all of the competition entries to see which others we might be able to implement.
Our ‘highly commended’ runner-up was Eleanor with another (albeit very different) app suggestion, who won £250.
The event was hosted by University of York alumnus, Richard Morris. Richard is the CEO of The Giving Machine, a company that facilitates charitable donations through online purchases. He did an excellent job personifying the energy and enthusiasm of the event and gave a keynote speech about his career path, with sound advice about ‘filling the void’ after University.
Masud Khokar, Director of Library and Archives said of the event:
Apart from absolutely amazing students, ridiculously good pitches, fantastic hosting by Richard Morris, wonderful judges including Heidi Fraser-Krauss, Damien Murphy, Sehrish Shafi, John Robinson, James Durcan and an amazing organisation by the LibInspo team, we also had an amazing venue in the Lakehouse at Ron Cooke Hub. So looking forward to getting some of these ideas implemented.
Watch this space for more information, as we move forward into the implementation stage. We will be working with Yuveer and Daniel to implement the winning idea and we are exploring the others.