Red Bull Basement 2020
Current final year Product Design students and founders of Lava, Paramveer Bhachu and Joanna Power recently won Red Bull Basement 2020 with their innovative portable washing machine the Lava Aqua X.
The global Red Bull Basement competition invites tech innovators and student entrepreneurs to create innovative solutions with positive impacts. This year, over 3,800 student teams from all over the world applied for the competition, 38 finalists were then chosen with 1 finalist representing each country taking part.
Lava was chosen to represent the United Kingdom and went onto take part in a virtual, four-day Red Bull Basement Global Workshop, an immersive, collaborative experience in which teams could network with various leaders in their field. During the workshop, each finalist got to refine their concepts with the help of mentorship programmes and benefit from mentorship going forward.
Paramveer and Joanna have designed a portable washing machine, for students and their accommodations, that filters used shower water and uses it to wash clothes. Their idea aims to promote water efficiency within the modern home, through the use of innovative environmentally friendly design solutions. The device has a removable water tank, which can be placed on the shower floor like a mat, making collection easy, and reducing overall water usage. If our product were used by every student in London, we could save over 1.7 billion litres of water a year – enough water for the entire population of Sweden.
Congratulations Paramveer and Joanna for winning the global Red Bull Basement Competition!