Two learners from Coleg y Cymoedd were tasked with creating the official video for national digital enterprise competition Syniad.
The budding filmmakers presented their video to giants Google Campus and NatWest and digital companies Simply Do Ideas, Digichemistry and Yard Digital.
Harri Sutton and Owen Price, current learners on the Level 3 Creative Media Production (TV & Film) course at the colleges Nantgarw campus, undertook the project as voluntary work experience.
The 10 minute video showcased the events of Syniad, a contest for students with a passion for all things digital, designed to give young people the opportunity to gain and develop digital enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.
The creative learners captured the teams in the initial stages of the competition, working on digital business ideas with the support of College Enterprise Champions and Simply Do Ideas and creating a business plan to put forward for selection.
Harri and Owen then went with the winning teams to the three-day final where representatives from Digichemistry then helped them design and create prototypes using Ionic View software.
The pinnacle of the short documentary was filming the entrepreneurial students taking their finished prototypes to Google Campus in London where they pitched their ideas to a panel of industry experts.
Harri Sutton, 17 from Church Village said: “The whole experience was incredible, it was a lot of pressure filming the whole competition and knowing it would be shown to so many businesses but I really enjoyed it. The staff at Coleg y Cymoedd have been so supportive in helping us find work experience opportunities in TV and film.”
Owen Price, 21 from Bedwas, added: “Filming the Syniad competition was fantastic experience for us to work on a real life brief and to such tight timescales. I am so glad I took part and this will be great on my CV when I finish my course and look for jobs in the industry.”
Craig Oats, founder of Digichemistry said: “I am very lucky that I get to work in some amazing colleges. I am so impressed with the quality of the work being done in Coleg y Cymoedd and Harri and Owen have both worked professionally and I felt like they were part of the team. ”
The overall winner of Syniad 2016 was ‘The Hub’ from Coleg Gwent – a new social app that links people based on their interests and aims to put the social back into social media. The team won £500 funding and a package of support to help get their app into apps stores across devices. ‘Shoot’, a team from St David’s College, came second with an app for sending images, text and websites from the user’s phone to all their other devices. Cardiff and Vale students came third with ‘Whizz to the Past’, a game designed to help young children gain math skills.
The video can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/156623725