A programmable smart socket for amputees, a vaccine delivery system for the developing world, and a cry-based diagnostic mobile app to diagnose birth asphyxia are just some of the groundbreaking entries, shortlisted as part of the Mayor of London’s International Student Innovation Awards 2016.

The International Student Innovation Awards was set up to highlight the work of the city’s international students and also to provide some financial help to assist students in taking their innovation to the next stage of development. It was devised by London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company and is also supported by the UK Government’s Education is GREAT campaign and the British Council, Cambridge English, IDP Education and The PIE.

Hundreds of entries, from 49 different countries and 17 London universities, have been received, which have now been whittled down to a final shortlist. An event crowning ‘London’s most innovative international student’, who will receive £10,000 to kick start their business, will be held on 2nd November at Central Saint Martins, Granary Square.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today welcomed the initiative saying we need to do all we can to ensure that London remains the best and most welcoming destination for international students.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “The incredible range of talent on show in these awards celebrates the best of the capital and clearly demonstrates that London is open to talent and ideas from across the globe. We need to do all we can to ensure that London remains the best and most welcoming destination for international students.”

  • Entrants include Mei Ran Abellona from Hong Kong who has developed SMILE, a smart last-mile vaccine delivery system for the developing world. Typically, vaccines are transported by health workers on donkeys, canoes, bikes or on foot during the last-mile journey, and are often spoiled due to inefficient temperature control. This portable, reusable, everlasting cooling capacity aims to save $600 million worth of vaccine wastage every year and reach the previously unreached children across the world.
  • Nigerian student Eyenimi Ndiomu is creating a mobile app to detect birth asphyxia, a condition that causes the death of over 1 million newborns annually. The app analyses a newborn baby’s cry and provides an accurate prediction on the risk of asphyxia. Health care workers and parents can quickly detect asphyxia in their babies, and promptly refer them for potentially life-saving treatment.
  • While Chinese student Yin Fan Denis Huen, has developed a smart sensing medical device which can be worn on your arm and detect, and then control, abnormal movements so that Parkinson’s sufferers can do everyday things like drink a cup of tea or hold a knife and fork. Inspired by his uncle, the wearable robot aims to support the individual to have a prolonged active life without stigma.

The International Student Innovation Awards was set up to highlight the work of the city’s international students and to provide some financial help to assist students in taking their innovation to the next stage of development. It was devised by London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company and is also supported by the UK Government’s Education is GREAT campaign.

Ideas and innovations submitted will be evaluated by a prestigious panel of judges including Dr Eliot Forster, Chair of MedCity; Eileen Burbidge, Partner at London venture capital firm, Passion Capital; and Lord Bilimoria, Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer.

Dr Eliot Forster, Chair of MedCity, added: “These awards, which have unearthed a wealth of innovation in our universities, help cement London’s reputation for forward-thinking problem-solving science and entrepreneurial spirit. By supporting the creative and entrepreneurial endeavour of students it will enable them to develop and take their ideas to market which could change lives for the better and improve the healthcare landscape.”

Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea, a cross-bench peer and President of the UK Council for International Student Affairs, said: “This initiative celebrates the very best of London – demonstrating the city is an inclusive place that welcomes business, craves innovation and is genuinely open to people from every part of the world.

“International students bring in £3 billion to London’s economy every year, and help to make London what it is: the home to the best in design, creative industries, technology, legal services, architecture, shopping, cuisine and entertainment.

“London’s universities are among the very best in the world – two of the top ten best universities in the world are London universities – and it is vital that we offer those students the very best opportunities to make an impact in their chosen field.”

Eileen Burbidge said: “London’s world-leading universities are bursting with some of the brightest minds who are developing businesses which will revolutionise our lives. Students coming to London from all over the world bring fresh ideas and thinking, and their talent should be nurtured and encouraged as they seek to build the next generation of global companies.”

London welcomes more international students than any other city in the world who come to study at the city’s world class universities. With over 100,000 international students from over 200 different nations, London is an open and supportive city for those looking to make the capital their home.

For more information please contact Kim Watson, Communications Manager at MedCity on kimwatson@medcityhq.com or +44 (0)20 7691 3588 / +44 (0) 7553 374546.