Fifteen AFS General and Vocational High School students, members of the Entrepreneurship Club, have submitted an innovative research and educational project to the Virtual Business Competition organized by the Junior Achievement Greece Association. The project, titled “Viband,” is an innovative smartwatch that aims to help improve the life quality of people with hearing problems.
"Viband is an innovative virtual business that aims to not only market a functional product but also to enhance social participation for people who – due to a health problem – are unable to take part in day to day activities. Our goal is to create a small sized gadget that looks like a smart watch with a strap made of recyclable materials", explained the Club’s president and General High School Junior, Haris Giannoulas. "We thought that the most useful and easy-to-use item for someone with hearing problems is a watch. It will have a built-in microphone and depending on the volume of the ambient sounds, it will alert the user with vibration. We will make sure that it does not vibrate for low volume sounds, such as TV noise for example, and that the vibration gets stronger when the sounds get louder. For example, when the user tries to cross the road and a truck honks, then the clock will vibrate loudly to alert him”, he continued.
"I am glad that our school is once again pioneering and competing with such an innovative and promising idea. It seems that our generation is the one that will show the way to a better future", stressed Vice President and CEO of the virtual business and Vocational High School Junior, George Metlaris. "The electronic aid aims to facilitate people who most need it and to offer a positive outlook on life", commented the Public Relations Director and General High School Junior, Thanasis Metlaris, while his colleague and classmate Galini Moustakas said: "The work was done in the midst of a pandemic and through online meetings. We are optimistic that we will do extremely well in the competition".
"The group of 15 students took the project very seriously from the beginning. They all worked hard and methodically to set up the virtual business from scratch and to design the watch", said the head and coordinator of the AFS Entrepreneurship Club and mathematician, Giota Hatzopoulou. It should be noted that students receive a number of benefits from their involvement with the extracurricular activity. They learn how businesses work and explore the idea of getting involved with the business world in the future. They also use their creativity and ingenuity and appreciate the value of working together for the common goal of business success. As they must meet deadlines and be responsible for their part, they gain more confidence and comfort in expressing their ideas and sharing them with the team.
The Virtual Businesses Competition is open for students from 15 to 18 years old. Every year, the winning project represents Greece in the Pan-European Competition of Junior Achievement Europe.