UC Business Bootcamp Wrap Up

12 July 2018

Whilst students were on holiday, UC welcomed 20 bright-eyed and bubbly Year 13’s from across the South Island to learn about businesses in the city, the UC Business School and the Centre for Entrepreneurship.

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    Team 'All SORTs' presenting their solution at the final presentations of the UC High School Business Bootcamp 2018.

UCE High School Bootcamp

UC High School Business Bootcamp students visiting EPIC Innovation Campus in the CBD.

During the 3-day Bootcamp, students developed concepts to make use of a vacant space in the East Frame of the Christchurch CBD. Teams of 4 proposed ways to turn a disused gravel carpark into a vibrant, transitional, civic space.

The students also spent two mornings visiting a range of businesses in the CBD. It was an opportunity to learn about the modern workplace and to gather some market feedback on their challenge ideas. Students enjoyed tours of Vodafone xone, GreenHouse, the EPIC Innovation Centre and EY.

At the end of the Bootcamp, students presented their ideas to a panel of judges and an audience of their peers and parents. The judging panel of Paul Ballantine, Head of Business School, Oliver Hunt, CEO of Medsalv and Samantha Armitage, Outreach Coordinator for UC Business School.

Oliver commented on the talent of the young and budding business students, saying that he was “very impressed with the range of concepts and the quality of the students’ presentations.”

Congratulations to team ‘MC’ for the 'Judges' Prize' for their idea to create a 3D map of the city called ‘Pop Map’ which highlights key places to visit in Christchurch and has an integrated app to show tourists how to get there.

Congratulations to Team ‘All SORTs’ for the 'People’s Choice' award for their concept which put arts, culture and mental health at the core of their installations which included a meditation area, a keyboard that you can walk over to make sound and a picnic area.

All student ideas were so great that Centre Director, Dr. Rachel Wright, awarded individuals with tickets to UCE’s premiere event, Day One Impact Summit. Students now have another opportunity to get involved on campus and broaden their knowledge and skill set outside of the classroom.

The UC High School Business Bootcamp was an opportunity for Year 13's to experience the campus and what goes on around the Business School.

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