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Future entrepreneurs from West Norfolk come up with world-changing ideas

PUBLISHED: 15:38 13 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 13 March 2018

The 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. The winning idea was a Save our Society Box designed by King's Lynn Academy year 7 pupils (from left) Leah, Emma and Bertie. Picture: Ian Burt

The 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. The winning idea was a Save our Society Box designed by King's Lynn Academy year 7 pupils (from left) Leah, Emma and Bertie. Picture: Ian Burt

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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Love West Norfolk is a new campaign launched this year celebrating all that West Norfolk has to offer.Love West Norfolk is a new campaign launched this year celebrating all that West Norfolk has to offer.

This was the message by Anne Frank which inspired youngsters from West Norfolk schools to come up with world-changing ideas.

In a workshop organised by Love West Norfolk and 7 Billion Ideas, schoolchildren were tasked with showcasing their ideas by creating posters and prototypes.

Around 50 children aged between 11 and 13 from King’s Lynn Academy, Springwood, Marshland, Howard Junior, Fairstead Community, Eastgate and Greyfriars Primary School took part.

The 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Pictured are Eastgate Academy year 6 pupils (from left) Millie, Emily and Jessica. Picture: Ian BurtThe 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Pictured are Eastgate Academy year 6 pupils (from left) Millie, Emily and Jessica. Picture: Ian Burt

Mini entrepreneurs from King’s Lynn Academy created a safety scanner box for people to securely store their items which can only be opened using fingerprint recognition.

Jack Reddington, 11, said: “West Norfolk won’t have any PCSOs anymore so this will put less pressure on police. 
“It makes students happy and safe and not worry about anyone stealing anything.”

Budding businesswomen from Springwood High School created the Squeaky Clean device - a litter-picking robot which will keeps our streets clean.

The 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Year 7 students said: “It goes round the town and picks up any litter off the floor.

“It is environmentally friendly as it is solar-powered and it has 360 video vision so it won’t bump into people.

“Once it is full, it will go down to the plant in town and separate the recycled rubbish with general waste.”

The 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Other imaginative ideas included a mobile home for the homeless, thermo-clothing and a watch which stops traffic letting drivers know which disability the pedestrian suffers from to let them know they’ll need extra time to cross.

Judges were left with the difficult task of choosing a winner, but after much deliberation King’s Lynn Academy were crowned winners for their Save Our Society Box.

The public can use the box to inform the operator of a problem, in which the operator will judge whether the call is a genuine emergency and give the caller an option to call the emergency services.

The 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Pictured are Springwood High School year 7 pupils Molly and Aaliyah. Picture: Ian BurtThe 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Pictured are Springwood High School year 7 pupils Molly and Aaliyah. Picture: Ian Burt

This device is supposed to cut down on the number of nuisance calls made to emergency services, which students said wastes a lot of money.

Future business magnate Emma Beech, 12, said she was really happy her team won, adding: “I can’t wait to go home and tell my family.”

David Harkin, chief executive of 7 Billion Ideas, said: “What an amazing day. The students of West Norfolk have truly demonstrated that they have amazing imaginations with the creation of their ideas which could change the world.

The 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Pictured are Fairstead Primary School year 6 pupils (from left) Oskars, Logan, Amber and Devon. Picture: Ian BurtThe 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Pictured are Fairstead Primary School year 6 pupils (from left) Oskars, Logan, Amber and Devon. Picture: Ian Burt

“The level of innovation in the room was outstanding and West Norfolk should be excited to see the talent of the next generation of entrepreneurs in this region.

“It was a huge pleasure to be part of this event.”

The 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Pictured are Howard Junior School year 6 pupils, back row (from left) Matthew, Dilara, Lara and Caiden. At the front is Bethany. Picture: Ian BurtThe 7 Billion Ideas event at Providence Street in King's Lynn. Pictured are Howard Junior School year 6 pupils, back row (from left) Matthew, Dilara, Lara and Caiden. At the front is Bethany. Picture: Ian Burt

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