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Queen Mary Tech Team Triumphs

Adnan Salehin reports from The Student Technology Clash

On the 4th November QMUL students took part in Reply’s Student Technology Clash. Reply asked students to come up with innovative ideas to take advantage of the ever-growing Virtual Reality (VR) platform (augmented reality/mixed reality solutions were also accepted). The competition was massive, with universities taking part from Italy and Germany.

Our team of 4, Ayush Verma, Aniruddha Ray, Giorgi Karkashadze and myself chose the topic to work with – VR in Education and I was in love with the idea. It was achievable, executable, revolutionary in terms of changing the way we learn and extremely useful. After a lot of brainstorming and note taking, we started to work on our presentation.

We did not have much time to work on the presentation so we started working simultaneously on PowerPoint Online as a means of collaborating together, effectively making the process a lot faster. This was one of the key reasons why we were able to produce a more detailed presentation than many others – we were able to work together as a team. Our heads were full of ideas when we were talking to each other and we were able to effectively present our ideas through the presentation, and in the end our teamwork paid off.

Some of our extraordinary ideas are bringing historical events to life using VR (as you may have seen in the Assassin’s Creed games), arranging tours for students to dangerous places like volcanoes or rainforests using VR, using augmented reality (AR) to conduct dangerous scientific experiments e.g. experimenting with explosives, and many more. The main idea was to use VR & AR in education to achieve things that are not possible due to health and safety regulations. Our aim was to use virtual reality in an interactive and fun experience while being more informative at the same time.

We were ecstatic when we were announced as the winners between all the QMUL teams! We were declared as the winners of the entire European competition as well as “The Best European Case Study”. Despite fierce competition amongst the large number of students competing across European Universities our team emerged victorious, winning a HTC Vive VR headset courtesy of the competition’s sponsor Reply as a reward.

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(From left to right) Adnan Salehin, Ayush Verma, Aniruddha Ray and Giorgi Karkashadze


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