WINNERS & FINALISTS 2019

Ideas which could revolutionise the Construction Industry were received from all over the world for the 2019 COINS Grand Challenge, a global competition which hopes to uncover innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders whose ideas could improve the built environment.

After two days of intensive interviews, filming and presentations, a panel of 12 judges selected this year’s winners from 12 finalists who hailed from all over the world. All were celebrated at a gala dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday, 12th June 2019 at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, UK.

Congratulations to all the outstanding finalists who brought their ideas and energy to the final judging event of the COINS Construction Industry Grand Challenge.

Winners

Chathurangi Edussuriya
Winner - Undergraduate Competition

Chathurangi Edussuriya

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Idea: Soil quality analyser
Chathurangi’s soil-testing innovation is designed to be used on site, with the results fed into a smartphone. Chathurangi was also awarded the COINS Investment Prize, which goes to the entry that the judges consider to be the most promising business idea.

She comments: “I think this idea could revolutionize the construction industry because usually soil tests are performed in laboratories, but with my method they can be performed at the construction site. The ‘Soil Analyser’ could save both money and time for the construction companies. The COINS Investment Prize will help me to develop my idea further as it’s currently based on research. This has been the best experience of my life!”

Watch this video to learn about her idea or watch this post-award interview.
Michael Evans
Winner - Open Competition

Michael Evans

CEO of Cambridge Carbon Capture Ltd, UK
Idea: Carbon Negative Building Materials
Michael’s climate-saving CO2LOC technology aims to reduce the embedded carbon in construction projects.

He explains: “We’re developing a technology that can capture CO2 and convert it into materials that can be used in the construction sector. Winning this award has been really fantastic for us as we’re at a stage in the development of our technology where we really need to get exposure to the construction sector, so that they can adopt some of the materials we’re using and take some risks in trying something new. Our CO2 lock technology can capture CO2in the form of magnesium carbonate, this can be used as a filler in construction materials as a direct replacement for gypsum.”

Watch this video to learn about his idea or watch this post-award interview.
Kaushal Shetty
Runner Up - Undergraduate Competition

Kaushal Shetty and Madhav Datt

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Idea: The Box – Helping refugees build a home and a community
Undergraduate Competition runners up are Kaushal Shetty (pictured below) and Madhav Datt with ‘The Box’, a sustainable emergency shelter for people displaced due to natural disasters or violence.

Kaushal Shetty and Madhav Datt are both studying at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Watch this video to learn about their idea.
Ali Khaloo
Runner Up - Open Competition

Ali Khaloo

CEO and Founder of Aren, USA
Idea: Bringing Digital Twin Technology and Artificial Intelligence to the Asset Management Community
Ali Khaloo is the runner up for the Open Competition with his idea for bringing ‘Digital Twin Technology and Artificial Intelligence to the Asset Management Community’.

Ali is the CEO and Founder of Aren, USA.

Watch this video to learn about his idea.
Felix Chu
Winner - COINS Software Innovation Prize

Felix Chu

The University of Edinburgh
Idea: Transforming Architecture Practice into Automation
Felix Chu, a student at The University of Edinburgh, aims to combine intelligent technologies to increase the efficiency of the architecture industry.

Watch this video to learn about his idea,or watch this post-award video.

Finalists

Tim Axness
Open Competition

Tim Axness

Kwant.ai, USA
Idea: Increasing productivity and saving lives in construction using the IoT and Artificial Intelligence

Watch this video to learn more about his idea.
Pooran Desai
Open Competition

Pooran Desai

One Planet Living, UK
Idea: A digital platform to make sustainability easy – One Planet

Watch this video to learn more about his idea.
Thomas Fudge
Open Competition

Thomas Fudge

WASE, UK
Idea: Decentralised modular wastewater treatment that generates energy and recirculates water

Watch this video to learn more about his idea.
Tom Yeshurun
Open Competition

Tom Yeshurun

Civdrone, Israel
Idea: Autonomous land surveying marking drone with smart stakes

Watch this video to learn more about his idea.
Jeremiah Valero Jr
Undergraduate Competition

Jeremiah Valero Jr

University of San Carlos, Philippines
Idea: Computer Vision powered monitoring for onsite construction safety

Watch this video to learn more about his idea.
Undergraduate Competition

Joseph Trujillo

Florida International University, USA
Idea: Integrating drones on the construction site

Watch this video to learn more about his idea.
Sam Clark
Undergraduate Competition

Sam Clark

University of Chicago, USA
Idea: Investing in sensor infrastructure and machine-learning technologies

Watch this video to learn more about his idea.