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Supermarket Scavenger app bags Local Genius prize for Product Design student

An app to help children choose healthy food has been developed by a University of Brighton ‘genius’ Ben Le Brocq.

‘Supermarket Scavenger’ is an interactive quiz about different food stuffs in supermarkets, and won student Ben Le Brocq first prize in a Local Genius competition, run by Barclays Bank.

As well as backing and support from Barclays Bank to bring his app to market, Ben won an iPad Pro and VIP tickets to a Hyde Park concert.

Barclays Local Genius is a new competition, offering students the chance to submit their tech-focused ideas for how they think they can benefit the local community. Prizes include support from Barclays to “help bring that idea to life and make a difference”.

Ben, a final year BSc(Hons) Product Design student, is a member of beepurple, the university’s entrepreneurship network made up of students, graduates and staff interested in developing their enterprise skills and/or their business ideas.

“Pitching for 10 minutes is never easy, but having familiar faces in the crowd does help a lot. So I would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who supported me. I look forward to seeing all participants grow and develop with their businesses.”

Second place was shared with Sophie Salter and Gerry Fletcher, first year BSc(hons) Digital Media Development students, who devised a charitable food packaging idea.

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