The student tens behind LikeIt have been announced as the Provost’s Innovation Challenge winner.
In a press release earlier today, it was announced that the Provost’s 2021 innovation challenge was won by the LikeIt team led by Jonas Hellberg, Emilie Audran and Filippo Castelli.
LikeIt is an online platform created to ease consumer access to sustainable clothing. The idea was pitched under the theme of Fast Fashion which was set as the topic of this year’s Innovation Challenge.
The Provost’s Innovation Challenge is held at Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workplace. Located in the Business building on Campus, Tangent provides a workspace in which staff and students at Trinity can come together to “collaborate, build and innovate”.
The event itself, which was held from Friday, consists of a three day intensive hackathon with a prize of €2,000 for the winner. The challenge is a social entrepreneurial competition which seeks to provide support, creative outlets, and mentorship for undergraduate and graduate students to create innovative solutions to global problems.
The €2,000 prize is put in place to support the further development of the winning idea.
This year a total of ten teams took part in the competition. The runner-up team Ecode, led by Nathan Gaborieau, Elise Vens and Emmet Lowry pitched their idea for a consumer app that enables clothing brands to communicate the sustainability of individual items to their customers.
Speaking to Trinity News, Emilie Audran, from the winning team LikeIt, stated that “this hackathon has been a crazy three day roller coaster” and “ a lot of hard work, sticky notes and great new connections”.
She continued: “We are so excited about our next steps and can’t wait to bring LikeIt to the next level thanks to the support of the TES incubator.”