Visa Europe gathers students for 'beyond plastic' design jam

Visa Europe gathers students for 'beyond plastic' design jam

Visa Europe's innovation hub has been tapping into the youth market, bringing together 100 students from City University London for a weekend-long 'design jam' exploring ways to pay beyond plastic.

The Visa Europe Collab event saw students, Visa staffers and local techies gather in Shoreditch to tackle the themes of in-vehicle, in-store and omnichannel payments.

The students split into teams and, working with mentors, came up with ideas before refining pitches for the chance to win £1000 and the opportunity to work with Visa Europe Collab to develop their idea into a working proof of concept.

Among the ideas pitched were Streetpay, a self-checkout system designed to streamline paying at market stalls, and Qui, an app to help drivers skip queues at the petrol station. The winning idea was ‘Visa Buddy’ - a 'Siri for your finances'-style mobile personal finance assistant.

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