The Great Ideas Hack

The opening Social Spaces by Dr Liam Fox yesterday also coincided with the first Board of Trade Exporting’s event called the Great Ideas Hack. The Department for International Trade (DIT) partnered with UCLan and Boost, the Lancashire business growth hub, to deliver the event. The Great Ideas Hack is one of the initiatives the DIT is using to encourage aspiring exporters to develop their thinking and understanding about the importance of international trade and investment. Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University Board David Taylor said: “Given that the University is re-doubling its efforts to support the economic, social and cultural development of Preston and the wider Lancashire region, it is with great pride that we hosted this Board of Trade meeting. “We had a great story to tell about our contribution to skills development in areas such as engineering, health, business and the creative industries; disciplines which are critical to Lancashire’s prosperity. The day represented a superb opportunity for students with an entrepreneurial flare to learn from the country’s best business leaders and help influence the next wave of UK enterprises.” The 50 students who took part in the Great Ideas Hack came from UCLan, Blackpool and the Fylde College and Bangor University. The teams, who worked with business experts and international trade advisers, were tasked to develop a new food or drink product and create an accompanying exporting strategy. The teams pitched their ideas to a panel of experts and the winning idea, created by UCLan’s Team Infiltrate, involved a new bottled water with a twistable cap full of nutrients, vitamins, colours and flavours so people could choose what extras they wanted in their drink. Michael Isaacs, one of the winning students, said: “To hear our name read out was absolutely amazing, I wasn’t expecting it at all but thankfully the judges loved our product. This is such a boost for us and a great addition to our CVs.”