GoodLock—a bicycle lock with a built-in anti-theft alarm and GPS tracker
"Almost everyone knows someone who's had this experience, if it hasn't happened to them personally: In the place where your expensive bicycle was parked, all you find is what's left of your cut-through lock. That won't happen with GoodLock. We intend to put a stop to bicycle theft." With this introduction, the team from the Deutsche Schule Mailand (German School of Milan) presented its idea "GoodLock—a bicycle lock with a built-in alarm and GPS tracker"—and won first place at the business@school International Finals in Vienna.
The winning team
The GPS tracker is integrated in the bike frame. If the lock is cut, an alarm is automatically activated on the bike owner's telephone, who can then use an app to track the bike—and the thief.
Francesco DeMarco (16), Leonardo Einaudi (17), Nicolas Gebhard (17), Maximilian Guidi (17), Marta Hinz (16), Caroline Kipar (16), Vincent Koch (17) and Eleonora Montorfano (16) impressed the panel of expert judges on the evening of the International Finals in Vienna. "You have a truly innovative, easy-to-understand product that just about everyone needs. To market it, you have a good combination of partners and direct sales; your pricing is realistic; and the product has potential," the judges concluded. Furthermore, the students on the team had ready answer to the judges' in-depth questions in the main round, such as "How big is your customer potential?", "How will you protect against copies?", "How will your customer service be designed?", and "How is the GPS tracker integrated in the bike frame?"
Second place shared by three teams from Vienna and Zumikon
- The team from the Inter-Community-School Zumikon, Switzerland, with Georgina Cresci (16), Hannah Haas (15), William Seymour (15), Samuel Stevens (16) and Alexandra Tidd (15), also made it into the main round. Their idea: "FreEZe"—a bottle pad that keeps beverage cool for a whole day. Judge Nikolaus Csernohorszky, an engineer, tipped his hat to the team, saying "They gave a very clear and honest presentation about an easily understandable product."
- Aaron Calzadilla (17), Christoph Domenig (16), Maximilian Haag (16), Alexander Rashish (17), and Karl Maximilian Weber (17) represented the Theresianum school in Vienna. They enthused the judges with their business idea "G'müsli"— a vegan, sugar-free vegetable bar with no additives or preservatives. "This is a well-analyzed product that tastes good," said Dr. Max Kindler as he announced the judges' decision.
- The fourth team in the final round was also from the Theresianum. Its members Amon Felbermayr (16), Maximilian Rumpeltes (17), Anastasia Sternberg (16), Smaranda Vedrasco (17), and Benedict Winkler (17) energetically presented their business idea "PeppUp," wearable pepper spray in the form of a necklace and pendant. "The product is both stylish and innovative," said judge Dr. Stephanie Oestreich in praise of the team. "In addition to good teamwork, a clear presentation, and convincing answers to the judges' critical questions."
Students, teachers, and coaches celebrated together after the International Finals were over—an all-round success!