GCU celebrates innovation at end-of-year show

19 May 2015

Tin Man by GCU student Heather Main was a feature at last year's Caledonian Creates

Tin Man by GCU student Heather Main was a feature at last year's Caledonian Creates

A plant that tweets when it needs watering, a ‘space elevator’, and a marketing campaign for charity Mary’s Meals are just some of the exciting concepts that will be unveiled at Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) end-of-year showcase of innovation this week. 

Caledonian Creates is an annual celebration of work from the University’s creative programmes, which cover a wide range of disciplines including graphic, interior, games and product design, electronic systems, 3D computer animation, and computer games art and animation.

Work on display will include an electronic plant-care system, which enables a plant to send a tweet when it needs attention. The prototype has been created by students Scott Cairns, Greg Larkin and Kieran Small from the BEng Computer and Electronic Systems Engineering programme.

Also included at the event is the work of students Laura Rantanen, Ioana Tibuleac, Maja Wydrych and Gavin Dunsire, who helped Seattle-based Liftport Group with a two-minute animation of its Lunar Elevator concept – essentially an elevator from the earth to the moon. The initial animation was so well received, the students were asked to produce a seven-minute version, which has since been broadcast on TV news channels and several websites in the USA and Russia.

Work will also be displayed by fourth-year students from the BA (Hons) Graphic Design for Digital Media programme, who produced a campaign to raise awareness of the work of Mary’s Meals, the international charity that feeds close to one million hungry and impoverished children each school day in 12 countries around the world. The marketing campaign includes a bespoke computer game.

The Caledonian Creates launch evening will take place in the University’s Centre for Executive Education (CEE) Building on Wednesday, May 27 and will be attended by students, their families and friends, and key figures from industry and business.

The event will be open to members of the public from May 28 until May 29.

Professor of Design Innovation and Director for the Centre of Creative Industries, Bruce Wood, said: “The relevance of GCU creative students is clear for all to see. Whether it’s working with organisations involved in hi-tech industries, or charities operating locally and internationally, our students are delivering a real impact across a wide sector of society. 

“This highlights the fact that as well as giving students a chance to show what they’ve been doing throughout the year, Caledonian Creates also provides a vital link to industry and business for those about to graduate.”