GOWind systems winner of the 2017 Wij Inholland award!
13 Sep 2017
Ruby Jane Krikke, Casper Linsen, Simon Blomme, Sven Geres, Sam Camphyn, Maria Smirnova en Kim Johnson have won the 2017 Wij Inholland award for their student project GOWind systems. The Aeronautical Engineering students from Inholland Delft claimed the highly coveted cup and were additionally presented with a cheque for 2,000 euros.
Inholland Executive Board members Huug de Deugd and Marcel Nollen presented the price during the official opening ceremony of the academic year at Inholland Alkmaar on Thursday, 7 September. ‘It’s fantastic; this is going to be a true entrepreneurial start-up,’ is what Nollen had to say about the team behind GOWind systems, which snagged the prize for best student project.
Winners of the Wij Inholland Student project award
With their GOWind systems, students from the Aeronautical Engineering programme at Inholland Delft are responding to the demand for green energy. They developed a vertical wind turbine to generate energy for office buildings and flats. Ruby Jane, Casper and Kim accepted the award on behalf of the project group.
‘We are all very excited,’ Casper said. ‘With this prize, we’ll be able to really get started on a prototype that will enable further development of our product. This is a fantastic springboard that will give our idea a boost and help us apply it in practice.’ Kim added that observing the amount of interest in their project has been an overwhelming experience. ‘It was quite evident from the number of votes we received. With all those interested parties and potential partners, we will hopefully be able to take the next step as well.’
The IamStudent and Travel Smart student projects fell just short of first prize for the Wij Inholland Student Project award. The Tourism Management students came in second with their effort, ‘IamStudent’. They created a five-day city trip for international students, aimed at preparing them for their studies in the Netherlands. Third prize went to Travel Smart, an innovative web application designed to enhance online interaction with the target group; this project was created by Communication students at Inholland The Hague.
Wij Inholland gives students a platform where they can truly stand out by developing an innovative project. Alongside the coveted trophy, the members of the winning project are given support to help them develop their project further, such as access to a comprehensive network of companies in various sectors and promotional support.