Visiting bankers pay MDS students’ Visa bills

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Three Media Design School students have banked $8500 after impressing visiting Visa executives with their ideas for payment technology developments.

MDS student teams were given two days to come up with the ideas, and then prototype that idea for presentation to the Visa judging panel: Director emerging product & innovation Marco Lamantia,  senior director global design innovation Kenneth Sippola, and senior business development leader Martin Kerr, who flew into Auckland from San Fransisco, Australia and Singapore to put the teams through a Visa Innovation Challenge.

“Each group was made up of a MDS AdSchool team, a student from our Bachelor of Media Design, another from the Graduate Diploma in Creative Technologies as well as a Year 13 student from a secondary school,” said MDS ceo Darryn Melrose.

“So it was a huge lesson for all students in working both  collaboratively and swiftly.”

The winning team of five students – Jake O’Driscoll, Sylvia Humphries (AdSchool), Gemma Barrows (MDS BMD), Mac Teariki (MDS Creative Technologies) and Alice Gibbons of Senior College – won $5000.

“They are all now happily paying off their overdue Visa bills as we speak,” said MDS AdSchool CD Kate Humphries.

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