The New Zealand India Sustainability Challenge dares tertiary students to come up with an innovative, sustainable solution to an environmental or social problem present on their campus or in the local community. Each team consisted of two students from Indian institutions and one from a partnering New Zealand institution – UC’s Nicolas Steyn was part of the winning team VaxiBead.
The team, made up of Dhruv Suri and Saisri Akondi both from the Manipal Institute of Technology and Nicolas, studying towards a Bachelor of Science – financial engineering and statistics at UC, came up with VaxiBead, a project working towards the equity of vaccine delivery in India through innovative technology. The project aims towards new-born babies in India receiving proper vaccination and their records being kept in a bead that can be held on a bracelet or necklace for example. The team also produced an app that can read data on the bead and easily update records simply by holding the bead up to a smartphone.
As winners of the challenge the team received a three week trip to New Zealand where they got to spend one week at each of the New Zealand partner universities – University of Canterbury, University of Otago, and University of Waikato.
The team worked for months developing VaxiBead with Nicolas joining his team in India during the final stages, you can read about his experience in India on his blog here>
Are you ready for this year’s Group Fitness Challenge, sponsored by Bargain Box? Registrations are open now, and you can start collecting stamps from Saturday 1st April!
Not sure what it is? Head to our website and read up on the details. In short, you sign up to complete 100 Group Fitness classes by Sunday 15th October, 2017. It helps you stay on track to attend 3-4 classes per week, which will help you stay healthy and well through the year. Keep track of your attendance by collecting a stamp in your class diary (you’ll get this once you register) from the instructor, after every class. You can win monthly prizes, or the big ones at the end, and you’ll earn rewards as you hit milestones in your class diary. Double stamp days earn you twice the stamps, which are great if you get behind when you go on holiday.
Here are our top tips to reach 100 classes in 29 weeks:
- Pick a day to plan your week, and pop your favourite classes into your diary. Prioritise yourself, and make sure you keep that appointment!
- Find a gym buddy to keep you extra accountable, they’re relying on you to turn up too. You can have your daily (or 3x weekly) catch-up over a workout instead of coffee (or do both!) It really is much more fun!
- Keep an eye out for double stamp days on our facebook page and montly newsletters – you can collect 2 stamps for every class you attend on these days to zoom ahead (or catch up!)
- Attend our mega and glow classes – these are super fun, a chance to dress up and earn you extra stamps for attendance. The mega class also allows you to cross off a class you can’t get to because of scheduling, or that just doesn’t appeal to you. (because yes, you do have to attend every style we offer at least once! It’s good to be open to new experiences!)
There are no limits to how many people can participate in the challenge, but the sooner you get started, the easier it will be to hit that magic 100.
This year, we are stoked to be partnering with BargainBox who’ll be providing us with all sorts of goodies for prizes and giveaways, along with nutrition tips and advice.
Kat & Danielle