SOMETHING good was cooking when this group of switched-on students took part in a top tech event held at Sheffield University.
The team were crowned winners at the first ever Sheffield Start Up Weekend, taking on the challenge of turning a bright business concept into a viable product – and all within 54 hours.
Their big idea was the Hands-Free Cookbook, aimed at people who cook using recipes they read from their phone or tablet.
Cooking is a messy business and the students set out to find a solution that would allow people to use their phone as a recipe book without getting it covered in eggs and treacle.
Their answer was a mobile app that allows cooks to skip to the next instruction in a recipe by simply swiping their hand left to right about an inch away from the screen.
“As soon as I heard the idea for the cookbook I knew we had the solution,” said Radu Popescu, a fourth year computer science student.
“We worked a lot of hours over the weekend. When I left the zone at 2am on Sunday morning I carried on working all night. But we made it work and we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved.”
The students will now travel to Google Campus in London to compete against six other teams as part of a national Silicon Valley Comes to the UK competition.
“This was an absolutely amazing event,” said lead organiser Samantha Deakin.
“This team worked so hard all the way through the weekend. There was one night when we had to kick them out at 2am and then they were straight back through the doors at 9am the next morning.”