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Manchester enterprise Wondrwall sets design challenge for students

Jan 10, 2018

Daniel Burton and Mark Lufkin speak to students
Daniel Burton and Mark Lufkin speak to students

It was thinking caps at the ready earlier in the week when entrepreneurs from Manchester-based tech company Wondrwall visited the New Adelphi to set a live brief for L5 and L6 design students. In association with the Maker Space, Chief Executive Officer Daniel Burton and Chief Commercial Officer Mark Lufkin from pioneering start-up company Wondrwall are challenging Salford students to come up with a new design concept for their intelligent lighting system smart box.

Wondrwall automatically controls the heating, lighting security and safety in your home by observing how you actually live, which rooms you spend the most times in and how you use heating and lighting.

Students have been tasked with giving their smart boxes, which appear in all Wondrwall-integrated rooms, a new look, whether that be with increased colour personalisation or additional functionality (a mobile phone charging light switch anyone?)

“We have no preconceptions of what it should look like said Daniel Burton. You can be as creative as you’d like – we are open to a different vision,” said CEO Daniel Burton.

Matthew Morriss, Programme Leader Design, added: “As millennials you can advise what you want to see from this technology. It will be interesting to see what you want.”

Students have two weeks to design and create a prototype, before proposing their idea to the Wondrwall team in a Dragon’s Den-style pitch. They’ll have full use of our Maker Space at their disposal and can work with the team to find the perfect materials for their designs. “The fact we can offer students this type of real-life opportunity is what makes Salford different,” said  Dr Maria Stukoff, Director of the Maker Space. “Wondrwall is a fantastic local start-up which has gained great momentum lately. We’re all excited to see what the students come back with – who knows, if one of the concepts really stands out it might even be rolled out by the company.”

Stay tuned as we'll be following up on what the students came up with in a few weeks. 

Follow the Maker Space on Twitter: @makeinsalford 

You can visit Wondrwall's website here.

Wondrwall live brief