Greenwich college shines in lighting competition

Two teams from Ravensbourne College in Greenwich have been jointly awarded first prize in the Intelligent Community Challenge, a competition sponsored by GE Lighting that encourages urban improvements through the use of lighting.


The first team, consisting of Adriane Jimenez Escarfullery, Dominika Gozdek and Dagna Kołodyńska, designed a LED lighting system to aid the introduction of driverless cars in Greenwich. It explored how lighting could be used to replace pedestrian crossings, enforce new rules, and inform citizens about the movements of autonomous vehicles.

ICC Award

The other winning team consisted of Emma Islam and Leonardo Carmo. Their solution involved new LED lighting to help reinvigorate parts of the Edgbaston Canal Tunnel in Birmingham, encouraging its use by cyclists and pedestrians.

“We have been looking for ideas to help us identify how future cities can become more intelligent using lighting technology,” said Zoltan Koltai, EMEA technology director at GE Lighting and chair of the judging panel.

“Our mission has been to find students who understand the challenges of urban design and can translate these into a technical solution with their specific knowledge, capabilities and skills. We would like to congratulate all the participating students on their innovative ideas.”

The winners will now take part in a ten-day “global learning tour” of GE Lighting’s new Software Centre of Excellence in California. Additionally, Emma and Leonardo will get a week’s work experience at UK mobile analytics company Citi Logik.