The Story

Back during the winter of 2014, I noticed that my Mum and Dad were spending a long time trying to demist their cars in the morning. They bought several dehumidifying products that didn’t work too well, because they were not securely fixed in the car and you could not tell if they were still working. I came up with the idea that a dehumidifier could be safely mounted in the car’s cup-holder, a common feature in most cars. Furthermore, if an indicating desiccant was used and the container itself was transparent, the user could see it working and know when it was fully saturated. I also realised that damp cars often smell horrible, so why not include an air freshener too? I brought all these ideas together to create Xorbit and went on to win my school STEM competition in 2015, ‘Most Innovative Product’ at Big Bang Near Me, a Gold Crest Award, and was subsequently awarded UK Junior Engineer of the Year at the National Science and Engineering Competition in 2016. More recently, I was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Monmouthshire Business Awards 2018, and also reached the finals of the NMTF Young Traders competition in 2019.