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Solar powered phone charging and 3D printed shoes are the future, Virgin Media Business hints

Printed shoes and more won at Three New Things

Solar charging hubs for the developing world, 3D-printable plastic satellites and printed-to-measure shoes are the ‘Three New Things’ unveiled by Virgin Media Business in its hunt for technology that will change the way we work.

Revealed at an event at the British Film Museum last night, the three winners - Buffalo Grid, 3D Cube Sat and Three Over Seven - will now get the chance to meet with Richard Branson to discuss their ambitions, and receive mentoring and free business telecoms.

Peter Kelly, managing director of Virgin Media Business, said: “When cutting edge technology meets imagination, the results can be spectacular. Reading these entries has been an inspiring process and has unearthed some genuine game-changers with the power to change lives around the world.

“As the UK gears up for growth again, this is exactly the kind of creativity and entrepreneurialism that we need to nurture in this country – from Government schemes to community networks: we all have a part to play in supporting UK innovation.

“We can’t wait to get started with the winning teams and help them to shape our future. Who knows where our winners will be in five years’ time - we could be looking at the next WhatsApp.”

Buffalo Grid provides large solar-powered charging units for mobile phones away for free to African entrepreneurs who live in off-grid areas; 3D Cube Sat creates casings for tiny satellites for 75 per cent cheaper than the normal price; and Three Over Seven craft a pair of shoes that are an exact fit for your feet, while are created within 24 hours.

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