It was a day of innovation and fun as schools gathered at the Hope Zoo for a Scotiabank-sponsored innovation camp. Almost 100 students from nine high schools got together to take on the challenge of 'Making Future Banking Easier' - developing innovative and smart ideas, application gadgets, products or services aimed at encouraging customers to embrace alternative banking channels via online and mobile banking and automated banking machines. Teams of five were organised, by schools, to make presentations on their innovation. Top team Mount Alvernia High School will participate in a regional challenge, and if they win, the students will get an opportunity to visit the Scotiabank head office in Toronto.
This is what the students thought of the day:
Mount Alvernia High School
Tamia Willie: "The day was very challenging at first, [but] because of our confidence and the grace of God, we made it. At the starting of the competition, we were very blank, but because of Ms Dominique, we understood and wrote out what was on our minds, and we also thought a lot. I just want to say thank you."
Ashleigh Jemison: "Today, we went to have fun and to retain knowledge. It was indeed a very productive one and I am very appreciative that I got to partake in the day's events."
Kedesha Jarrett: "I honestly thought this competition was very challenging at first, but I believed and had confidence in what my team and I did. With God, everything is possible. Teamwork makes the dream work."
St Hugh's High School
Akilah Dixon: "Today was a great day. I enjoyed it to the fullest, except that I thought [it] very hard to come third."
Danielle White: "I thought the day was good. I learnt a lot about banking and also how to be creative."
Brianna Mattis: I think that the day was fun and it helped me to think a lot."
Sydonni Williams: "This was a great experience. I learnt a lot. I plan to become a web designer, so these ideas have helped me [to] further my career ideas and understand my values."
Aleigha Reynolds: "Overall, I think the entire programme has been very informative, engaging and interesting. The challenge was very [exciting] and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I believe this has been a success."